Disappointed with the Taste of American Kombucha, This Phoenixville Immigrant Brewed Her Own

Baba's Bucha
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Olga Sorzano.

When she first tried American Kombucha, Olga Sorzano could not help but feel a little disappointed, writes Tiffany Rivera for AL DÍA.

Sorzano grew up in Russia. Instead of soda, her go-to sweet beverage as a child was Kombucha, made by her grandmother (baba).

The drink comprises fermented black or green tea leaves, sugar, bacteria, flavored fruits or spices, and yeast. It does produce an alcohol content, but not significant enough to warrant regulation.

When Sorzano realized that local Kombucha did not taste the same as her grandmother’s, she decided to create her own. She used the family recipe and started Baba’s Bucha in Phoenixville.

She uses only natural and locally sourced ingredients to create the homemade beverage.

“The drink is something that I am very passionate about,” said Sorzano. “If I don’t want to serve it to my kids, I won’t serve it to anybody.”

She serves several flavors. One local favorite is Believe, named to honor the Eagles’ 2018 Super Bowl win.

The drink is available in about 350 locations in the Northeast region. It has also recently been selling at Phillies games, and “… the 76ers also drink it at their training facilities,” said Sorzano.

Read more about Baba’s Bucha at AL DÍA.

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