Eat + Drink

Dotting the I’s and Crossing the Tea’s

Words by: Hannah Lawrance


I tend to think of myself as a bit of a health nut. I, on occasion, mount ye faithful Jacob’s Ladder (what lady hasn’t, nomsayin’?), I drink cacao-maca-soy-smoothies-with-activated-nuts-from-Narnia, and I sometimes try yoga even though I’m in the back doing downward dog next to Bendy-Barbie.

But I also have a sweet tooth. Well, more like a sweet set of teeth. Gimme chocolate and doughnuts and cupcakes, with a kale salad on the side any day. It’s all about balance… right? Despite this desire to eat all the doughnuts Krispy Kreme makes every day (and to put this into perspective KK reports to bake approx. 3,000 doughy goodies per hour at a typical store), I like finding out ‘what’s new’ and ‘what’s in’ in the health and fitness industry.

While wandering around the Subi Farmers Markets Eat, Pray, Love style, I came across the future of ‘wellness’. Kombucha.

For those of you who are new to this raw-vegan-paleo lifestyle, let me explain what kombucha is first. Well, in a nutshell, it’s a colony of bacteria and yeast.

Keep reading, it gets better. This colony, also known as a mushroom, or scoby, is added to a mixture of sugar and tea that is left to ferment. The culture eats the sugar (being sugar free for those Sarah Wilson devotees) and results in a probiotic drink of vinegar, vitamin B, and numerous chemical compounds – all healthy of course. To describe the taste, it’s a bit similar to an iced tea… but, like, a healthy iced tea. And I mean a really healthy iced tea. Benefits include an aid in digestion, detoxification, immunity boost, and a liver cleanser amongst others.

Now, I’ve dabbled in drinking it and making it, but while I was channeling my inner Julia Roberts, this particular kombucha packed a punch that impressed me. It even persuaded me to buy a whole litre of this stuff for $20. And usually my wallet is as tight as the Queen of England.

Step in Gypsy Elixirs, the brainchild of wellness gurus Leah and Paul. What makes their kombucha so good? Not only do they make it themselves as organically as possible, they also grow medicinal herbs. So their next step seemed only logical to combine the two. And alas, you have something that even your average I-don’t-try-anything-new friend will enjoy.

If you’re ready to find out what this hocus pocus tea is all about, you can find Gypsy Elixir kombucha at:

Growers Green Farmers Market, Every Sunday 8am-12pm

The Raw Kitchen

Good Things Café

Raw by Chris

Precious Organics

Subiaco Farmers Market, Every Saturday 8am-12pm

Natures Harvest

Boatshed Markets

Henry Saw Café

The Little Shop of Plenty