Tea is naturally caffeinated and that means Kombucha tea is also caffeinated. If this is the reason why you are not drinking the beverage that’s been dubbed as the “health elixir” yet, don’t frown! You can make caffeine-free kombucha tea.
Yes, you read that right. But, let me be honest with you. This recipe is not 100% caffeine-free, because you need to use a regular starter tea. But the good news is that the caffeine levels of this kombucha recipe is so low, your body might be able to take it. So without further adieu, here’s the recipe.
Caffeine-free Kombucha Tea
- 1 live SCOBY
- 1 cup starter tea
- 5 TBPS butterfly pea tea
- 1 gallon water (16 cups)
- 1 cup sugar (white is recommended)
- 1 gallon glass jar
- clean piece of cloth or coffee filter
- rubber band
- pot, spoon
- tea infuser
Makes 1 gallon of Butterfly Pea Kombucha Tea
- Simmer 4 cups of water. Once the water starts showing bubbles, add your butterfly pea tea and let it steep for 8-10 minutes.
- Take out the tea and add 1 cup of sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour the mixture in to your jar. Add the remaining 12 cups of water and stir.
- Add your live SCOBY and starter tea in to the mixture.
- Cover the jar with a piece of cloth or coffee filter and secure with a rubber band
- Let it ferment in a warm, dry place with no direct sunlight for 5-7 days. But taste it on the 3rd day to know if it’s fermenting. You will know it’s fermenting when it starts to change color and smells vinegary. If on the 3rd day it is more sour than sweet, harvest it and store in bottles. And as always, leave at least a cup of the tea and the SCOBY inside the jar when you harvest. That will serve as your starter for the next batch you brew.
Important things to remember when brewing Caffeine-free Butterfly Pea Kombucha Tea
- The color will change. It can go from dark blue to purple or dark pink
- Butterfly pea tea has a neutral flavor. You may not get the flavor of regular camellia sinensis (tea). But you can definitely taste the unique flavor of kombucha tea. If you want to enhance the flavor, add fruits or herbs after the first fermentation. Just like you would do with the regular kombucha tea.
- The SCOBY may turn light blue or violet and may not grow like the SCOBY we get from regular kombucha tea.
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