Our fermentation expert and Green Lab resident Jon Katona launched Kompassion Kombucha this month. Having spent the last year experimenting with his brewing technique and perfecting his flavours he has officially taken his booch to market.
Jon initially got involved with the lab when we were looking for residents to explore the art of fermentation. Having been introduced to this wonder elixir by a friend and learning how simple it was to make and the multiple health benefits it has, he decided to experiment with making some of his own.
His process was very organic, initially wanting to share his new knowledge with others he started to host workshops at the lab, for people to come and learn how to brew their own kombucha. To keep up with the demand for his workshops he upped his brewing amounts, and as he discovered how simple it was to scale up he decided to take it to market.
Having spent the last 6 years as a bicycle courier Jon decided to utilise his cargo bike and continue to peddle the streets of London, but this time with his own product. Converting his bike into a mobile bicycle bar, he keeps his carbon footprint minimal and his stall compact.
His kombucha is made with organic cane sugar, ceylon black tea and currently has 2 signature flavours; Sarsaparilla Root & Scotch Bonnet Chilli. He is continuing his flavour research and will be expanding his flavours by infusing his kombucha with other medicinal roots, herbs, flowers & fruits.
Having a booch bar as his market stall also enables the re-use of bottles minimizing single-use packaging. You can get a glass bottle filled up which can then be recycled or re-used, or you can buy a larger re-usable bottle. There’s also the option to bring your own vessel to be filled up and if you can’t resist drinking a glass there and then you can pay a small deposit for a cup which will be refunded when you return it after use.
Having sold out on his first market day, he will now be at Brockley Market most Saturday’s dispensing this magical drink and he will soon be seen at Deptford Bites Market too. Kombucha will also be available for collection from Green Lab, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.