The Secret Ingredient In Your New Favorite Drink Is Gross (Photos)

| by Jonathan Wolfe

“Yum! This bacteria and yeast is delicious!” said no one ever.

Actually, we take that back. As of late, thousands of people are saying that every day.

The popular drink “Kombucha” has taken the world by storm in recent months, and it’s easy to see why. It’s sweet, effervescent and supposedly good for you. But before you take a sip of your prettily packaged Kombucha drink, it goes through a creation process that has many people today asking, “I’m drinking WHAT?”

One of the main ingredients in Kombucha is SCOBY. What’s SCOBY, you ask? It’s an acronym that stands for, get ready for it, a Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast. Appetizing, right? As if the name wasn’t already bad enough, SCOBY looks just as if not more gross than it sounds. Put simply: It looks like a rotten oyster.

Here, as unearthed by BuzzFeed, are a few pictures of the secret ingredient in your favorite new drink:


SCOBY is an acronym for "Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast," and it’s fucking disgusting.

It’s also the little bits you find in your bottle of kombucha! This is what you’re drinking! Gross!

SCOBY are also called “mothers,” which is somehow way worse. Like a terrible alien life form, seeding Earth with its spawn.

Sources: Buzzfeed, Seed Keeping, Flickr: leighadactyl, Eating About Writing, Jason Click / Photo Credit: Consumer Guides