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Raised by parents practicing Eastern philosophy, GT Dave adopted a spiritual view of the world from a very young age. Gifted a Himalayan Mother SCOBY in the early ‘90s, the Daves were intrigued by Kombucha’s ancient healing properties and decided to brew their own batches of the fizzy, fermented tea.

In late 1994, GT’s mom, Laraine, was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of breast cancer. When she healed, Laraine shared with doctors that she had been drinking a very pungent, homemade tea. That tea was GT’s Kombucha.

Inspired by his mom’s experience, it became GT’s mission to make his Kombucha accessible for everyone, everywhere. At only 15, he began bottling his brew in the kitchen of his parents’ Southern California home and became the first to put Kombucha on shelves in the U.S.

At GT’s Kombucha, we’ve stayed true to the authentic brewing process of this sacred elixir for over 25 years. Our #1 selling Kombucha is raw, organic, naturally effervescent, and handcrafted in small batches – always cultured, never compromised.

Now, under the new name of GT’s Living Foods, we’re proud to remain a family owned & operated company. As we continue to embrace our innovative spirit, Mother Nature remains our main source of inspiration.

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Our Humble Gift

We started making our Kombucha based on the belief that it could touch people’s lives and make the world a better place. From our family to yours, we are honored and humbled to share this gift with you.

Peace & blessings.

Our Legacy


Laraine Dave is diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She drinks homemade Kombucha throughout her journey to recovery.


Inspired by how Kombucha helped his mother, GT begins brewing small batches at home in his parents’ kitchen.  Later that year, he introduces his very first Kombucha Original bottles to LA health food store, Erewhon.


GT introduces his first flavored Kombuchas and expands to sell his bottles in more LA health stores.


GT creates his new Synergy line of Kombucha made with real fruit juices and puree, including Cosmic Cranberry, Strawberry Serenity, and Mystic Mango.


GT starts selling Kombucha and Synergy Kombucha in California Whole Foods stores.


GT expands and moves into a larger brewing facility in order to begin national distribution.


GT introduces his new Enlightened Kombucha line, a reformulation of his original formula. He called his original formula Classic Kombucha.


GT releases 5 new Chia flavors to the Synergy Kombucha line.


GT’s Kombucha celebrates our 20th anniversary and debuts a special seasonal flavor called “Sharing Gratitude” to honor the occasion and all the people who helped us along the way.


After meeting the Larsen family, GT expands his product offerings and introduces CocoKefir and CocoYo. He was touched by their story and devotion to their daughter, Tula, who suffered intestinal health issues. They partnered together to share this super-probiotic gift with the world, in hopes it would help others.


GT continues to oversee the company in Los Angeles, growing his team to innovate new flavors and products as GT’s Living Foods.

Today we are proud to offer over 40 Kombucha flavors and other offerings for our fans to enjoy.

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