I’m a newly devoted kombucha drinker. Picture it with me: a slightly fizzy fermented drink, full of probiotics and antioxidants, low in sugar, and of course made with tea- sounds like a sweet deal, right? So when I learned there was a kombucha lecture in my area, I didn’t hesitate to attend. I originally went to learn more about this healing beverage and to maybe learn how to make it myself.
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“It’s like ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ It takes a village to support the small businesses,” agreed Olga Sorzano of Baba’s Brew in Phoenixville.
Fun, fizzy, fermented … kombucha. An old-world drink with roots in China and Europe is now found right here in Phoenixville, brought to you by A Culture Factory on Morgan Street.
How do you define success? For Olga Sorzano success is a balancing act. Sorzano is an entrepreneur and business owner. Along with her husband, she runs Baba’s Brew, a Phoenixville, PA kombucha brewery which has grown rapidly over the two and a half years that they have been in...
One beautiful Saturday I sat down for brunch and was pleasantly surprised by what was on offer, usually brunch is an high-calorie, boozy endeavor but if you're on a health kick or teetotaling there are some great options on deck like local kombucha on tap.
Turns out our great grandmothers were right. At least that’s true for Olga Sorzano, whose Siberian baba always kept homemade kombucha on hand. Long treasured for its health benefits, kombucha combines sweet tea with a yeast-bacteria culture for an effervescent drink low in calories and sugar, but high in probiotics and all the stuff your bubbe said would keep the doctor away. In her Phoenixville nano-brewery, Sorzano creates seasonal flavors like Rosy Apple and Asian Pear Ginger and year-round Flower Power. Baba’s got a shout out from Inquirer food critic Craig LaBan, and it’s popping up in bottles and on tap in over 100 locations. Look for the brewery’s new tasting room and BIY (Brew-It-Yourself) classes.
The Town Dish: Phoenixville
Steel City offers three seasonal types of Baba’s Brew Kombucha on tap. Baba’s Bucha is handcrafted in small batches using only fair trade organic ingredients and local seasonal produce. It is vegan, raw, gluten free and has no artificial flavorings or colors.
Food Traditions: Growth from one generation to the next.
We crave food in the same way that we crave the comfort of home: the smells and flavors that transport us to our mothers' kitchens, the familiarity of recognizable tastes, the memories that come flooding back with these sensations. Perhaps this is what Olga Sorzano, founder and owner of Baba's Brew, experienced when she first found herself craving kombucha while pregnant with her first child.
In Phoenixville, Chester County, Olga and Troy Sorzano, owners of Baba's Brew, a kombucha nano-brewery, have been merging their life and love of each other with their professional lives.
by Courtney H. Diener-Stokes
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Here at Saxbys HQ, we’ve long tinkered with the idea of serving kombucha, a fermented, flavored tea that boasts a bevy of health benefits. So when we met Olga Sorzano, a brewer who grew up with the stuff (“kombucha” was actually one of her first words), we knew she was the right person to bring kombucha to our cafes.
So, what exactly is kombucha?
Practically speaking, it is a sweetened tea that is fermented with a SCOBY (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) to become a nutrient-rich, low-sugar beverage – it’s alive with helpful organisms! But don’t let that scare you, kombucha is renowned for it’s wonderful health benefits. READ MORE....