As you may have figured out Kevin is a super healthy guy. Healthy people sometimes tend to have strange tastes and habits in their quest to maintain good health. Kevin is no exception. One of the many things that Kevin does to stay healthy is drink something called kombucha.
According to Wikipedia, kombucha is â€œa tea contains a symbiosis of yeast species and acetic acid bacteria, mostly Bacterium xylinum.â€ Basically they take this yeast and bacteria, fement it, and bottle it as a healthy beverage. I wonâ€™t go into all of the supposed health benefits because frankly, I donâ€™t know if itâ€™s true or a bunch of b.s. and you can look them up online for yourself. All I know is that my boss Kevin loves his kombucha.
Kombucha tastes like vinegar. Itâ€™s one of those things that tastes really bad, but you think itâ€™s doing something good for your body so you can overlook the bad taste. (A little like Jagermeister, perhaps?) It has little strands of gunk floating in it. One morning I called Kevin to let him know Iâ€™d be a little late because I was going to stop at my favorite natural foods market. He asked me to pick up a few bottles of kombucha for him and to â€œget the ones with big blobs floating in it.â€ He likes the blobs.
Kevin canâ€™t pronounce kombucha. Whenever he opens a bottle he yells, â€œkombucha!â€ several times, each a different way. â€œkom-BOO-cha!â€ â€œKOM-bu-CHA!â€ I lived in Japan and heard real live Japanese people pronounce it â€œKOM-boo-chaâ€ so I always correct him and he repeats it that way, only to go through the different pronunciations and correction the next time. Itâ€™s like a little kombucha ceremony in our office each time he cracks open a new bottle.
When he opens the bottle he pours it into either one or two paper cups and then chugs it down. There are several different flavors of kombucha available at the natural foods market. He has his preferences and there are a couple kinds that he doesn’t like, but I forget which ones they are. With my luck, that’lll be the flavor I pick up next time he asks me to get him a bottle.