I have to admit. I had had a few glasses of wine...
With a dear friend in town visiting, we were sitting around the farmhouse kitchen table talking about anything and everything. Eventually our conversation turned toward, as it always would seem to, what we are doing/could be doing/SHOULD be doing to stay healthy and live forever. Well, long enough to attain spiritual enlightenment anyway.
We had been using the warmth from the wood stove heated kitchen to ferment our own kombucha. Over taste testing, recipe swapping, and talk of Mothers and which sugar works best, a light bulb illuminated. Um, let’s start a kombuchery?
I swear to Goddess, as soon as we uttered those words, as soon as we put them “out there”, every step we took brought us closer to making it all happen. The very next day we began the research, the trials and experiments, marketing ideas, sketches. We brewed up several different batches of buch – laboratory style. We just kept going. We never stopped to wonder if it would work and bring in profit (i.e. a business plan), we just pushed on.
By the time our first cases hit the shelves of local stores, people were expecting it. Living in a tight knit, health conscious, locavore community allows for creative commerce. They welcomed Buffalo Mountain Kombucha with a fierce devotion and for that we are forever devoted to Floyd County.
We’ve always felt that when things seem effortless, then they are right, you are in the flow. We’ve never had to push, it’s as if we’ve been guided, to create this dream. Each and every person – from vendor rep to taste tester, each and every ingredient – from goji berry to elderberry, has played a part in this dance we call Buffalo Mountain Kombucha.
It’s easy to imagine a world where businesses lead the shift to a sustainable, authentic workplace for all when you live in a community where local business owners practice living an inspired life. With so many mentors in Floyd County, we felt supported in implementing practices in our own business that reflect our deepest values. We weigh each decision with true intention, from our glass bottles made stateside, to the hand written mantras affixed to each glass fermenter. Sacred Commerce launches the idea that commerce can be a vehicle to raise consciousness, allowing for a collaborative community to swim collectively in the spiritual current. With this in mind we create, market, and sell our kombucha ~ a complete, unadulterated lovefest of a product born from our truest Selves.
Flash forward 2 years.
Renting kitchen space, sanitizing bottles, brewing tea, fermenting, kegging, bottling, delivering, loving, living ~ we are doing it! We love all the things that make up this process.
Our favorite part of the process? You. And you, and you right there.
This is how we do.
Help us to keep on, keepin on. We have created this campaign to expand Buffalo Mountain Kombucha: more glass fermenters, more kegs and kegerators so we can be on tap in more locations, more brew kettles, an industrial juicer, the lease of a refrigerated delivery vehicle - yes, we are for-real serious. We are going to go. all. the. way.
We want to hit the DC Metro market. Take our kids on Delivery Day field trips. We want to deliver to cities where we have friends and family. We want to be fully invested in the creative economy and make a true living, live abundantly and do great things.
OK - so what the heck IS kombucha?
Kombucha is a fermented tea full of living organisms. It plays a role in strengthening the immune system, detoxifying the circulatory system, and rejuvenating kidney function.
Raw and unpasteurized kombucha has a bounty of probiotics and enzymes: powerful tools that promote a vigorous digestive tract.
Our kombucha is amazeballs. We brew in teeny, tiny batches using organic Yerba Mate from The Mate Factor.
Do you know about Yerba Mate? You should.
We use nutritionally dense, organic immune boosters to flavor our buch like elderberries, hibiscus flowers, goji berries and fresh pressed ginger juice - all powerhouses of nutrition.
We treat our kombucha as medicine. We encourage others to use it medicinally. And recreationally. The kids too.
Join us in this revolution. Just by reading this you're already part of our journey, and for that we grateful.
Risks and challenges
Leap and the net will appear.
Fermented foods/beverage have a life of their own: You can't hurry LOVE!
We are a family operated business. Four people. Two of them are too young to drive. Thankfully, our customers are patient people.
As our business continues to grow, our plan is to hire more peeps from the community to carry on the #kombuchaflow.
Risk: More business than we can handle.
Reward: Employ the people.
- (30 days)