So there I was minding my own business, tugging along a freshly brewed vat of Peach Blush Kombucha over to her warm resting place among her sisters, when one of her wheels catches on a small chink in the great armor of the cement floor. My momentum immediately halted but the force of about 400 pounds of liquid inertia kept going. Realizing, trying to brace this with the back of my arm was futile, I watched horrified as my freshly sparkling vat of precious nectar fell with a thunder and a splash like an ocean wave hitting the shore.
"F*#!k"! I yelled to the rafters, hopelessly standing in the spreading pool of stickiness. The SCOBy's that fell looked like sad toddlers crumpled to the ground after finding out they can't have candy.
Alla and Greg came running only to discover the horror on the floor. I turned to Alla, who was just about to head out for the day and said "You CAN'T leave!" vehemently. We all just sort of stood there dumbfounded as the pool stretched along the far wall, under the tables and racks.
We have no floor drain in this room. Why? It was a very large expense that we are now looking into and negotiating with the landlord, so I don't want to hear about it.
SO, how do you clean up over 50 gallons of sticky liquid off the floor. TEAMWORK!! We got this system where one person basically sweeps the liquid towards the other who is holding a huge dust pan and scooping the liquid into a bucket. Ingenuity, my dear fellows! Then a third person mops and squeezes and empties the liquid out. Once the major flooding is taken care of, it's a matter of mopping up the rest and then clean mopping 3 or 4 times until the floor is no longer sticky. We cleaned in good spirits knowing it just had to be done and fell into a quiet rhythm with one another. It was done before we knew it. Lucky for us, our floor is cement so some of it seeped in. The floors are slowly turning black from spills and if we ever move out of here, the scent of kombucha will permanently be embedded in the foundation for centuries to come.
What happened to the lovely shiny vat? You may ask. It created a bit of a face upon it's reflective surface. A primal, sort of, serious mug dented perfectly into the side...No one noticed after the big clean up. We all just wanted to go home and scrub off the day's work. I was covered in 20 different stenches that day. I smelled of Kombucha, of course, plus work stank, fear stank, anger stank and my feet had gotten soaked through my shoes and dried by the time I got home, so they stank too.
The next day, I came in to the kitchen and there she was, staring at me. I immediately thought back to cheesy road side Tiki's from cheap tourist shops growing up in Hawaii. Boochi Tiki had arrived in thunder and waves and now sits in our kitchen witness to our growing production. I laughed and did a fun little dance with her. I sometimes grab the handles of the vats and do-si-do with them to create joy in the atmosphere and stir up good energy. Boochie Tiki has become a sign of taking things one careful step at a time, mindfully moving, and re-affirming that work is easier and more fun when shared. Sometimes stuff just needs to get done. No sense bitching about it. Now we have a lovely kitchen goddess to watch over us. Keep an eye out on our Vine feed for videos featuring this lovely lady, Boochi Tiki. So next time you are enjoying a bottle of Peach Blush Kombucha, know that mighty Booch Goddess is smiling upon you. Yes, she still gets to work. She would be sad in retirement.
To your health!
Summertime and the weather is sweet! Get out there and move your dancing feet! Kids are out of school, the sun is shining, and everyone is feeling a little happier. The summer is perfect for getting out and eating healthy. We naturally want to spend more time outside exercising, playing, and soaking up the much needed Vitamin D. We’re so blessed to live in a city where we can find awesome kick-ass fresh food! From just about anywhere in the city you can bike to a farmers market. Many restaurants focus on fresh, local, and organic foods. The NessAlla team knows how important supporting local agriculture, local business, and making healthy choices are to our communities and our planet. Go meet your local farmers today! It feels good to know where the food you put into your body comes from.
It is also time for us to change our Seasonal to a favorite from last year. Yep that’s right, we’re bringing back the lavender Mint! Why you ask? Very simple, not only does it taste amazing but it’s also full of all the things good for you during the summer months.
Lavender has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. It was once considered essential to the medicine chest in every home. It was used for many different things including restoring and stimulating the nerves and relief of muscular aches, pains and sprains. I often use it to help calm down and quiet the kiddos. I also use it for myself after being around loud rowdy kids to calm MY nerves. I’ll mix it with some peppermint for a lovely tummy soother and quiet bedtime tea.
Peppermint is proliferous and so useful. If you plant it in your garden, you may find shoots of it popping up all over! They send out little runners over and under the soil. Most likely it’s because it has so many uses, nature wants us to be sure to have enough of it on hand. This year our organic gardens are abundant! We will be using fresh, local, organic peppermint in our Kombucha!! The menthol in peppermint soothes the lining of the digestive tract. It also makes a great breath freshener. Menthol vapors are also famous for relieving nasal, sinus and chest congestion. Plus, it helps to cool the body and head!
When you put the two together, you get an amazing kombucha that is great for your nervous system, soothes your tummy and is refreshing and cooling on a hot summer day. Most importantly, it puts a smile on your face.
We hope this summer you choose to get out and meet some of your local farmers and business owners. Also be assured that when you buy NessAlla, most of your dollars are going towards other local and sustainable businesses. More news on that soon!
Cheers! Enjoy your Summer!
The NessAlla Team
Thanks to Colin at Door to Door Organics - Chicago for this awesome blog post!
" What’s that cloudy beverage known as kombucha and sometimes affectionately called “booch” that everyone is drinking these days? It’s a sweetened tea that’s fermented with a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY, the culture starter needed to make kombucha) that turns it into a naturally effervescent tonic people drink for health benefits. Fermented foods like kombucha, yogurt, tempeh, and sauerkraut are packed with probiotics that support digestion...
...We carry four flavors: Traditional Oolong, Blueberry, Peach Blush and Lemongrass Ginger. Why not try one today? Even better: We’ll give you 20% discount when you buy a bottle at the Shop. Use coupon code Booch on one bottle through 5/3/13."
This new seasonal Nessalla Kombucha heralds the coming Spring on this Equinox. We bring you a very nourishing blend of herbs to calm, soothe, boost and cleanse. Please take a moment to read about these amazing herbs and why they are so good for you during this Spring season.
Oat straw: When oats are harvested before the grain matures, the green grass and tops are called oat straw (Avena sativa).
Oat Straw helps to stimulate cell growth and helps build better bones. Oat Straw is rich in organic calcium which is non-toxic, unlike some synthetic forms of calcium. Organic calcium is assimilated by the body better and is significantly more effective than non-organic calcium.
It is also a nervine, which means that it is an herb especially good for soothing, calming, and nourishing the nervous system. That sounds like it might be good for anxiety and stress! I know I’m a little depleted by this long cold winter. Not to mention a little foggy in the head. Guess what? Oat straw is also known to boost cognitive function!
Yet an other intriguing benefit of Oat Straw is that it is also known to stimulate reproductive organs in men and women dramatically. Many libido boosting drugs have oat straw ingredients. Hello Spring FEVER!
Red Clover: Growing low to the ground with clover leaves and Magenta flowers with a faint sweet smell is Red Clover (Trifolium Pratense).
Red Clover is one of my favorite spring herbs. We use it every spring as it is so nourishing and proliferous. I will often pop a few flowers right into my water bottle so I can taste its faint sweet flavor all day.
Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants). It is a great herb for women because of this. It is used for hot flashes/flushes, PMS, lowering cholesterol, breast enhancement and breast health, improving urine production and improving circulation of the blood. It is also used to help prevent osteoporosis, reduce the possibility of blood clots and arterial plaques and limiting the development of benign prostate hyperplasia. It is also a great herb to help gently cleanse the blood. WOW!
Holy Basil: The Tulsi or the holy basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition and is worshiped in the morning and evening by Hindus at large. The holy basil is also a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments.
Holy Basil Batman! Tulsi is known to help many common ailments. It is wonderful at expelling mucus from the body and helps with bronchitis and asthma. It is also known to help with coughs, colds, fever and sore throats. Sounds like it might be good for some seasonal allergy relief.
Tulsi is also known to help relieve stress, which if I’m not mistaken, our culture seems to have plenty of.
This Spring, when you reach for a NessAlla Seasonal, know that you are providing wonderful nutrients to your body that may help you clean out, chill out and get out! Enjoy your spring! Cheers!
Nas da rovia! To your health!
The NessAlla Team
*these statements are not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or ailment. If you have any concerns contact your doctor and they will probably tell you not to have any herbs because they hate it when you don’t take pharmaceutical drugs and research alternative health options. These views expressed above are entirely those of the author