Profile: Probio Drinks, Barcelona, Spain
Key to the success of Probio Drinks, located near to the large Plaça d’Espanya square in the heart of Barcelona’s barrio Sant Antoni, is their Casa De La Kombucha taproom. The charming, plant-filled entrance draws in passers-by. The brewery is in plain sight from the tasting room.
Founder and head brewer Kendra Sepulveda, who is also a nutritionist and chef, welcomes the opportunity to educate visitors about the background and benefits of kombucha. She’ll often host groups of friends where one person has already experienced the drink elsewhere and three others who are ‘booch-curious.
Probio Drinks distributes three flavors in 330ml bottles: Hops – Grapefruit, Cranberry – Apple, and a Green tea original.
They specifically use dark bottles, since they became aware that clear glass allows UV rays to shine in. They feel that sunlight has adverse anti-bacterial effects. To preserve the benefits of the ‘booch, they decided to protect the brew with a darker bottle.
A mixed case of 10 bottles is available online for a reasonable 34.95 Euro. They also ship mixed 6-packs.
The taproom carries an ever-changing variety of flavors. In December 2019 they were pouring a ‘Hand of Buddha’ blend of citrus, ginger, and CBD.
Kombucha Brewers International
Kendra keeps in touch with brewers across the world as the European secretary of Kombucha Brewers International. She attended their October 2018 KBI meeting in Barcelona, another meeting in conjunction with the October 2019 Kombucha Summit in Berlin, and intends to be at 2020 KKon in Long Beach, California.
To hear first-hand what Kendra told me about the formation of Probio Drinks, and more about the Casa De La Kombucha tasting room, click on the podcast icon below.