Thursday, August 15, 2013

Get Your Booch! Nessalla Kombucha

It's almost time for the 2013 Milwaukee Eat Local Resource Fair, and we're getting excited. So, we've decided to feature some of the vendors who will be present at the fair.

Kombucha (affectionately called "booch") is a fermented tea. It is tangy, slightly sweet, and naturally effervecent. Kombucha is packed full of probiotics, B & C vitamins, amino acids, and live enzymes. Although its origin is debated, kombucha has been around for centuries in many cultures and forms.

Nessalla Kombucha is a Madison area company that makes booch! And they're pretty awesome.

Every bottle of Nessalla kombucha you purchase has been bottled within the last week or two and has not had to travel far to get to your glass. They put community at the fore of their business. And local is king. In fact, all ingredients and products for Nessalla booch are sourced locally, from tea to bottles.

Nessalla also uses organic and fair trade ingredients, in an effort to ensure that the land and its caregivers are treated fairly. Social, cultural and environmental considerations are incorporated into all of the business decisions they make -- from reusing bottles and boxes to composting and everything in between, the whole point is to ensure the health of our environment for future generations. 

Fun facts about Nessalla:
  • Nessalla tea is Organic certified and Fair trade through Rishi Tea in Milwaukee. These guys are awesome too! You should check out their story here Rishi-Tea
  • The sugar used is certified Organic and EcoSocial certified.
  • Bottles are screen printed glass so no label. Bottles are returnable and re-usable! In fact, they're from WB Bottles here in Milwaukee!
  • Spent tea and SCOBYs are given to local permaculturists who use them to enrich the soil and grow biodynamic and organic food. The cardboard accumulated at Nessala is also given to permaculturists who use it to smother grass and weeds before they start layering on biomass to grow food.
  • Since their caps are not recyclable and they are not legally reusable, they decided to donate them to artists!  They just need you to return them.  Leave them on your growlers when you return them, or collect them and send them to 1418 S. Park St. Madison, Wi 53704
Nessalla also has a new web series called Booch N Bitch on You Tube featuring local community members and delicious kombucha cocktails.  Check it out. Those gals are a hoot!

Get more information at

Better yet, visit them at the fair on Saturday, August 17th from 11am - 3pm at the Urban Ecology Center - Riverside Park.  It's free and open to the public. You should go!  More information at

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