Patrick founded PJ Kombucha after he moved to the UK in 2015. He found it difficult to find Kombucha on the UK market at the time and couldn’t find one that lived up to the traditional beverage he was used to making in Australia.
Patrick began to produce Kombucha in the UK for his own use, for family and friends and was soon encouraged to explore it as a business. With over 4 years’ experience in Kombucha production and with a background in scientific research, he put his skills to use and explored the UK market with his special blend of teas and traditional approach to Kombucha Brewing.
The first batch of PJ Kombucha was brewed the old fashioned way, in his partners mother’s kitchen in Birmingham, using a raw, organic live culture of bacteria and yeast and with his secret blend of tea brew. He began selling at markets and was only motivated more by the overwhelmingly positive responses he received.
“I had people approaching me with the same problem that prompted me to start the business. People couldn’t find a traditionally rich Kombucha and were pleasantly surprised after trying PJ Kombucha. I think it is great when I get Americans approaching me and gasping at how good it is and comparing PJ Kombucha to one of the largest kombucha brands in the U.S., GT Kombucha”.
Patrick is dedicated to producing an authentic Kombucha that can be enjoyed by all, but that is committed to quality and traditional processes.
Patrick has since moved from the kitchen into a large manufacturing facility, but every bottle is still made with the same love and care, with all batches originating from the same original Mother Culture.
“I want to keep the process of brewing Kombucha as raw as possible. With PJ Kombucha, what you see is what you get.”
Patrick is excited to share his knowledge and the benefits of Kombucha with the UK. His passion for the drink seems to stem from his innate characteristic to help others. Kombucha is rich in probiotics, vitamins, organic acids and more, all of which can help the body in so many different ways.
“It is a simple drink from the outside. But it is great that such a simple addition to a healthy lifestyle can help different people in so many ways. I have people telling me that it has helped with their IBS symptoms, acid reflux and energy levels.”
Patrick and PJ Kombucha are based in Birmingham, but they are already reaching out to businesses outside the city. Patrick is excited to share his knowledge on Kombucha and help shed light on the benefits of fermented foods and the innumerable benefits of looking after your gut and how diversifying the flora is a major key to overall health.