Evolution Fresh’s New, Organic Kombucha is Fizzy A.F.

The juice brand introduces refreshing brews without that familiar funk. This is what they taste like.

By Ethan L. Johns
August 08, 2018

Image: Evolution Fresh

If you’re a fan of the ‘buch, your taste buds have probably evolved to better handle what can sometimes be the rather intense flavor of vinegar.

In an effort to bring kombucha to the unfamiliar and uninitiated masses, Starbucks-owned Evolution Fresh introduced on Wednesday morning a brand new line of organic kombucha flavors, made with exotic teas and cold-pressed juices.

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The new products will be available this week at grocery stores and other natural food retailers in seven major cities—Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, San Diego and Seattle—with more to join the list in the coming months. The retail price is $3.99 per bottle.

Genius Kitchen had the opportunity to taste the full range, and found them to be fizzier than any other kombucha on the market—in the best possible way.

Ginger Lemon Honeycrisp

This one’s name, perhaps, says it all. Ginger, lemon and apple juices are pressed and mixed with Congou black tea. It was crisp and easy to drink. Because of the tea present in the beverage (as with all of these), each bottle contains a small amount of caffeine.

Spicy Greens

The “Spicy Greens” kombucha isn’t all that spicy—unless you drink the whole bottle, that is. It’s made with matcha as well as Evolution Fresh’s signature blend of greens. Add pineapple for a bit of tropical sweetness and jalapeño for a subtle level of heat. It was grassy and herbal and felt very healthy, if we do say so ourselves.

Pink Grapefruit

The grapefruit kombucha is made with Pu’erh black tea. The Genius Kitchen tasting team found it to be the most like other brands of kombucha, with a slight vinegar flavor and black tea going strong. Yet, it was still mild enough to crush and had that signature fizz, too.

Mango Pineapple

Also made with Congou black tea, this ‘buch tastes like all the juice. Or the stuff that comes from oranges, pineapples and mangoes, at least.

Ginger Greens

Yerba Maté is the tea-like base of this kombucha, which is mixed with leafy greens, lemon and ginger. It was the favorite of some GK testers, and definitely had the strongest flavor. Some of us found it to taste like dill pickle juice, which is dope, because we love that stuff.

Turmeric Pineapple Coconut

Finally, we tasted the turmeric-forward kombucha, which had a truer flavor of the orange root than most other beverages that claim to feature it. It is also brewed with Yerba Maté and pressed pineapple, which had a few of us expressing our love.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns