Baba’s Bucha was founded in 2015 by loyal Kimberton Whole Foods customer, Olga Sorzano. Growing up in Soviet Russia in the 1980s, Olga began drinking kombucha with her great-grandmother (Baba) at a young age. She remembers how she loved that sweet fizzy drink, and her Baba is now the namesake of her company. Says Olga, “It is great that we are seeing more and more people looking for healthy low sugar alternatives to sodas and energy drinks. We love educating the community on the amazing health benefits of kombucha. All our passion and hard work is focused on craft brewing local farm to bottle kombucha that would make Baba proud.”
What is kombucha?
Pronounced “kom-BOO-cha”, it is a fermented tea beverage that is rich in probiotics and live enzymes. Baba’s Bucha uses only the finest, fair trade organic tea and sugar, triple purified water, and local, seasonal produce in the making of their kombucha. First, the tea is carefully brewed. Then, symbiotic colonies of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) are added, which gives the drink effervescence and a slightly sour flavor. Finally, it is flavored with local organic produce, herbs, and spices to create a variety of unique flavors. Baba’s Bucha is vegan, raw, gluten-free and has no artificial flavorings or colors. Enthusiasts believe kombucha boosts the immune system, aids in digestion and detoxifies the body. Learn more about kombucha.
Baba’s Brew is Born
After moving to the United States in 2000, Olga was inspired to begin brewing her own so she could enjoy that bubbly taste of home. By 2008, when she was pregnant with her first child, she began brewing more consistently, as she found that it helped alleviate her nausea. Though trained as a veterinarian, she worked for years as a personal chef before starting Baba’s Bucha with her husband in February of 2015. They began brewing their kombucha out of Artisan Exchange, an incubator kitchen located in West Chester, PA. At the time, their space was only 90 square feet and the brewed just 40 gallons a week. That Spring, they brought their kombucha to the Phoenixville Farmers Market, and shortly after, Kimberton Whole Foods became one of their first retail accounts. “The Phoenixville and Kimberton community was so supportive of us,” says Olga.
By June of 2016, they were ready for a larger space, and moved their operation to a 6,000 square foot facility in Phoenixville. Here, they brew 800 gallons each week: half is bottled and half is kegged. They sell to over 200 wholesale accounts and 50 of those locations (including four of our stores!) serve their kombucha on-tap. About a year after moving to Phonenixville, they opened their tasting room and health and wellness community center called A Culture Factory. It is open to the public from 10am-3pm on Saturdays and is also the site of numerous workshops and events throughout the week, including yoga, aerial yoga, concerts, fermentation classes, and womens circles, among others.
When asked about how she sources locally, Olga said, “We are very fortunate to have our brewery surrounded by many amazing local farms, orchards, farmer’s markets and farm stands. We asked ourselves, why should we use oranges from Florida or mangoes from Mexico if we can use local apples from Frecon farm in Boyertown, honey from Swarmbustin’ in West Grove and Asian pears from Quarryville Orchards in Lancaster County. We only use whole organic fruit, berries, herbs and spices to infuse our kombucha just like by great-grandmother Baba did. We never dilute our kombucha with any juices, concentrates, purees or extracts. Our mission is to craft brew farm to bottle kombucha.”
You’ll find Baba’s Bucha kombucha bottled in our grab-n-go drink cases, and on tap at our Collegeville, Downingtown, Kimberton, and Malvern stores. Look for flavors like Purple Rain, Flower Power, Bee’s Knees, and Ruby Sipper, as well as seasonal flavors on tap!
16 thoughts on “Baba’s Bucha, Phoenixville, PA – 15 miles”
VERY interested in this .Saw on channel 6 news tonight
Hi Pat, that’s wonderful! We hope you’ll stop into one of our stores to check it out! 🙂
Will you be bringing this kombucha to Ottsville? PLEASE? Thank you!
Hello Carol, Baba’s is available for sale in bottles in Ottsville, yes! 🙂
I can’t wait to try this kombucha. A sales associate in the vitamin area told me that it’s milder than other kombuchas, which seem to give me heartburn. I loved reading your success story! Much luck in your future promotions.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about Baba’s, Nancy – we hope you enjoy it. Please let us know!
Olga is fantastic! Her brews are a gift to us ❤️
We couldn’t agree more! Thanks for reading, Karen.
Olga was sampling at Weavers Way in Ambler today and she shared some delicious samples and gave a great education on her delicious product. I’m hooked. Really delicious. I only remember trying Kombucha once and thinking it had a real taste of vinegar. No so with these. Bought the Flower Power and Hibiscus. Will be back for more. Thanks, Olga!
Thanks for sharing, Jen! We’re so glad to hear that you love her products as much as we do!
I tried this after a yoga class at Well Crafted in Lansdale and LOVED it. Where can I find it near where I live in Souderton PA (18964)?
Hello Stacy, We’re glad to hear that you liked it! Either our Collegeville store or our Ottsville store might be about 20-25 minutes from you, depending on where you live in Souderton. You can view a map here: https://www.kimbertonwholefoods.com/kimberton-locations/locations-map/ Thank you for connecting with us!
Where can I buy this in Philadelphia area?
Hello Sandy, Thanks for reading! We suggest you reach out to Baba’s directly: http://www.babasbrew.com/contact
So, just noticed your product at the Douglassville Kimberton Whole Foods and I am enjoying the various brews. My question is relative to the growlers, specifically the finished ones, do you have a recycle plan for these? It seems a waste to recycle these and so I was wondering if after washing the empty out, could it possibly be returned to KWF for pickup on your next delivery?
I talked to the staff at KWF and they noted there was not currently a policy, though they would be willing to work with you and the customers for a pickup / return process.
Thanks for a great product!
Hello Leon, Thank you for shopping with us! While we are unable to take them back, you are welcome to bring them back to Baba’s directly. Here’s their contact information: (267) 738-1973 Thank you for doing your part to reduce waste!