What is Boro Beverage?
Boro Beverage began from a love of food preservation. Mother nature isn't perfect, and blemished or unpretty produce doesn't sell. For Boro Beverage, this works perfectly, as we juice, crush, shred and ferment all our ingredients. We are reducing food waste while providing a hand crafted, probiotic, non-alcoholic drink option for our local communities (the "Boro's" - Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, and beyond).
I started producing kombucha in my home kitchen in 2012, mastering techniques and testing flavor combinations. As of 2016, Boro Beverage has been producing in a commercial kitchen and selling kombucha and seasonal shrubs at farmers markets. We have been working hard on establishing our brand and are excited to launch wholesale distribution. Right now, you can buy our grab-and-go bottles at Steel String Brewery, Grey Squirrel Coffee Co., Johnny's Gone Fishing, and Gughlhupf stores. More to come!
What is kombucha?
A fermented sweet tea derived from Russian and Chinese traditions dating back to 221 BC. Kombucha is a natural open fermented beverage that has a fizzy effervescence and tangy flavor. It is packed with naturally occurring probiotics, beneficial bacteria and yeast that help maintain balanced gut flora.
The main ingredients in kombucha are tea, water, sugar and a culture for the fermentation process. We flavor our tea using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farmers. Kombucha is aged in stainless steel kegs and has a 3 month shelf life once refrigerated.
What are shrubs?
Shrubs (aka drinking vinegars) have a long lived history as a method of food preservation prior to refrigeration. Seasonal produce would be placed in vinegar to extend shelf life so the fruits may be enjoyed post harvest.
Shrubs are the perfect combination of fruit, sugar and vinegar. The result is a balanced flavor combination of sweet and tart with the probiotic benefits of the fermented vinegar. They make a delightfully different mixer for sodas, mocktails and cocktails.
Why we need your help
We are excited to announce the next phase of Boro Beverage. As we work toward bringing local, tasty beverages to our community we have found a fun way to be a staple in the triangle.
Boro Beverage is in the process of converting an adorable 1968 Shasta Camper into a mobile unit that will be used to produce our beverages as well as serve them. The Boro Mothership will be a friendly fixture at food truck rodeos, music events and the farmers market. We plan to be parked weekly in downtown Carrboro to fulfill all your kombucha growler filling needs.
Additionally, the Mothership will serve as a craft bar for hire, serving mocktails and cocktails at weddings, corporate functions and other local events beginning next year.
Follow @BoroMothership on Instagram to watch her transformation and donate to help us bring the Mothership to the masses!
Risks and challenges
Boro Beverage tested and researched the market for years leading up to becoming a business. We experimented with recipes to see what our market liked and took necessary coursework to learn the process of producing a safe product. We did everything needed to guarantee our ability to pass inspections, and acquire permits and licensing to operate the business dreams are made of!
With that, we have paved the golden road ahead! Once the camper is ready to go, we have a clear vision and plan on how it will function in the community. We have parking locations lined up, and have planned how to transition our current setup to the production space in the camper.
Small batch, small scale, made by human hands... and on the move!
As far as rewards, we have set up our rewards to be timely and deliverable for good reasons. We want our supporters to reap in the benefits ASAP! This is why you will find our subscription-based program a REWARDing option (see what we did there?).
Our shipped rewards are not guaranteed before the holidays but rest assured we have much of the swag already and will be prepared to ship by the start of the new year!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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