On a recent visit to Lisbon I was able to visit AMO Kombucha and OH-K! Kombucha. However, I ran out of time to meet with other brands. So, on my return to California, I made contact with Camila from Rooted Kombucha and we spoke on the phone about her business.
Camila Balbi was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and started brewing kombucha in her kitchen in Cascais, Portugal four years ago. It was while working as a health coach that she first discovered kombucha when researching auto-immune disease nutrition to assist her patients. It was love at first sip and from that day on she´s never stopped brewing.
After two years of home brewing, producing up to 200 liters at a time, she took the plunge into commercial production. Her factory in the Marvila district produces the bottles that are sold throughout Portugal. A distributor secured shelf-space in some of the larger stores and production doubled this summer. She notes the popularity of her kombucha among the increasing number of overseas visitors–both tourists and permanent residents– attracted to Portugal.
Camila is now looking for partners to invest in her growing business and take it to the next level. She’s looking into selling her kombucha on tap, as well as offering a range of fermented products.
Rooted is a premium kombucha available in a variety of flavors including Orange Blossom, Lemon Ginger, Moroccan Mint, and Mango Passionfruit.
To hear Camila tell the story of Rooted Kombucha in her own words, listen to the podcast.