FAQ - About Fizzicle
Why is your kombucha more expensive?
- We are 100% Singaporean owned. There are no exploited domestic workers or oompa loompas that can be found working for us.
- We are 100% artisanal. That's right, every bottle and can of kombucha is all made by hand by us. 100%.
- We have staff whom we pay a fair wage to, rental, contractors, and overheads.
- We don't make this at home. We are 100% SFA licensed and compliant.
- With licensing, we are legally liable for our products. There is a process that we go through and lets just say, we aren't on our tellies at home on the sofa, munching chips while bottling your kombucha. And we don't encourage such behaviours.
Benefits: Why consume Kombucha?
In 2020, there were at least 1,400 documents published onto Google Scholar (We kid you not!). Dr. Ilkin Yucel Sengun of Ege University, Turkey pointed out that kombucha is a functional food with potential probiotic properties. These properties act as a source of prebiotics to probiotic growth, while balancing intestinal micobiota; with health effects that are anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and aids in longevity. Closer to home, in a another study conducted by Tanticharakunsiri and colleagues of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology, Thailand, it was found that “Kombucha beverage can be used as the healthy beverages for attenuation of oxidative stress in many diseases.” In other words, kombucha is an antioxidant that helps to relieve our body from diseases. Still having doubts? Ahmed et all (2020) from the Department of Agriculture Microbiology of Ains Sham Univeristy, Egypt went all out to study the "Biological, chemical and antioxidant activities of different types Kombucha", where they found that the antioxidant scavenging power of tea is more than 3 times of that of rice (Sorry, not sorry to SK2). Citation Sengun, I., & Kirmizigul, A. (2020, November 21). Probiotic potential of kombucha. Retrieved December 25, 2020, from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1756464620305089 Tanticharakunsiri, W., Mangmool, S., Wongsariya, K., & Ochaikul, D. (2020, November 29). Characteristics and upregulation of antioxidant enzymes of kitchen mint and oolong tea kombucha beverages. Retrieved December 25, 2020, from https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/jfbc.13574 Ahmed, R., Hikal, M., & Abou-Taleb, K. (2020, April 28). Biological, chemical and antioxidant activities of different types Kombucha. Retrieved December 25, 2020, from https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S057017832030018X
Where is the tea from?
The deep mountains of Sichuan, China. For real. Its a 2 days drive away from Chengdu, the capital city. And if you follow Chinese wuxia stories/movies, you'd know this place... Mount Emei. The tea is from a trusted family friend's plantation and not available in Singapore. We have to get it airfreighted into Singapore to ensure freshness!
Are Fizzicle products pasteurised?
No. We don't. We can't. And we don't want to.
Why don't we pasteurise? Pasteurisation robs the kombucha of its raw probiotic potential. We got lucky, when we found Ahmed et al (2020) paper where they used heat treatment onto their kombucha in a bid to preserve. They found that the heating resulted in a significant decrease of antioxidants and phenolic compounds! So we don't want to kill our probiotic buddies!
And why can't we pasteurise, when even the top Australian kombucha brand does so? Our boss woman told her mother STRAIGHT UP - She can't sleep at night if she knows she's not selling a legitimate product. She wants to make people healthier! We make good products for your health!
Must I refrigerate the kombucha?
Well, we don't pastuerise. The only other way we can slow down fermentation is with the lowering of temperature. Please keep your kombucha in the fridge from the time you get it. ASAP. STAT!
And keep it that way. Unless you are ok with overpriced alcohol or vinegar.
What's the shelf life of Fizzicle Kombucha?
We've sent our kombuchas for lab tests and it returned to say its pretty good for 3 months. However, we have serious doubts on the conditions of most Asian household fridges. We love food and stuff the fridge full of food as a our love language to the household. So in a stuffed home fridge, its only good for 1 to 2 months. Our young collaborators from Republic Polytechnic did a sensory study and told us that our kombucha taste better at 1 month versus "fresh", but you know... taste is subjective.
Why is my kombucha not fizzy?
The hallmark of a good kombucha isn't actually in the fizz. The fizz does make the whole process more enjoyable and adds to the palatability. Sometimes your kombucha is what we describe as a little on the young side. To increase the fizziness factor, please reseal your bottle and leave it out overnight. Put it back into the fridge after to chill. If you got a can, pour it into a bottle, seal up and leave it out overnight. Put it into the fridge after to chill.
Do you recycle empty Fizzicle bottles?
We are aiming to do so some time in 2021. Here's a big, big, big reveal - Did you know that the COVID19 virus survives up to 28 days on glass? We are responsible for our small staff team and lack the space to actually keep them.
As a small company who wants to do the best and right thing when we are in a very unknown situation, we encourage you to upcycle your bottles with our great friend at Refind.sg (and support her art!) or wash the bottle clean to put some scents and reed sticks into it (just check out our diffuser gift kit).
Why did you launch cans?
- Do you know that aluminium is a much more renewable resource than glass?
- By loading lesser weight into our transportation vehicles, we also reduce carbon footprint.
- Portability! You can now take it out easily to parties to beaches and all!
*AAAAAAND, we give you more kombucha per can too. You get better value!
Is your kombucha halal?
In the strictest sense in the paperwork and documentation world, the answer is no. But hold up, did you know that a ripe banana has more naturally occuring alcohol than our kombucha? Fermentation is a natural occuring biological reaction, and if you like nanas as much as the next person... please read on.
A fatwa was released stating the following.
"Kombucha is a drink made of yeast, sugar, and fermented tea. There is a small amount of alcohol that occurs as a bi-product due to the fermentation process. This is negligent and not considered enough to constitute an intoxicant (1)
(1) Raddul Muhtar Page 639 Arabic"
Also, a review published by the Halal Certification Services in Switzerland states that an alcohol concentration of less than 1% is allowed. In Islam, its called “Mubah” which is neither forbidden nor recommended. It is recognised that this level of alcohol is needed to maintain the acidic condition and prevent the growth of harmful microbes in some food.
Please make a decision on your own, if you are ok with bananas or otherwise.
Can kids have kombucha?
Sure, they can! Help us out with a few things though...
- Buy only Calmboocha or Hibiscus Jun, as they are decaff. Nobody likes a hyper-bunny for their kid.
- Give them only 100ml. Our junboocha is made with honey and that's still energising for hyper-bunny children!
- Keep your kombucha refrigerated at all times! Nobody wants a drunk hyper-bunny for a child.
How many calories are there in your kombucha?
30 calories per serving. We don't like to calorie count. So please, go exercise?
Can pregnant women and breastfeeding moms take kombucha?
Consult your medical doctor. Due to natural fermentation, there may be trace amounts of alcohol and small pieces of culture. So despite watching 9 seasons of House, M.D., our boss woman is still just a regular kombucha maker. Her advice, while grounded in science, isn't medical advice.
Can diabetics have kombucha?
Don't take our word for it. Research about it on the internet.
Anecdotally speaking, we do have that ONE friend who is a Type 1 Diabetic. He said his "numbers have been much better", since he started taking fermented foods and kombucha. But here's the thing, he does come with real, actual six-pack abs and exercises... a lot. It is still important to exercise.
Do you do collabs?
We LOOOOOOOOVE collabs. But we really don't like freeriders (Sorry, influenzas). Drop the boss woman a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and like her favourite British detective says "Don't be boring".