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For GT Dave, unconventional foods have always been a mainstay in the family kitchen. Raised a vegetarian and instilled with Eastern philosophy, GT adopted a spiritual view of the world from a very young age. He recognized, early on, the importance of honoring and respecting all living things.

GT’s parents, Laraine and Michael, had an affinity for “funky” foods, always curious to explore and uncover the many unique offerings brought forth by Mother Earth. That was how, quite organically, Kombucha made its way into their home.

In early 1993, a Himalayan Mother SCOBY, handed off by a Buddhist nun, was gifted to Michael from a family friend. Intrigued by Kombucha’s ancient healing properties, the Daves used this living probiotic culture to brew their own homemade batches of the fizzy, fermented tea.

In late 1994, Laraine was diagnosed with a highly aggressive form of breast cancer. Doctors estimated the tumor had been in her body for about four years, and that it had likely already metastasized and spread to other parts of the body – specifically her bones – giving her less than a year to live. When the results of her lumpectomy came back, everyone was joyfully surprised to learn that the tumor was precancerous, and the cancer itself was dormant.

With curiosity, doctors asked Laraine if she had been doing anything differently in the last four years. She explained that she was a long-time vegetarian, but for about the last two years she had been drinking this very pungent, homemade tea, which she believed to be quite healthy and, simply put, just made her feel great.

Inspired by his mom’s story, GT wanted to share Kombucha in its truest, most natural state, so that everyone, everywhere, could potentially reap the same healing benefits. As friends and family members unsuccessfully tried to craft their own Kombucha, it became GT’s mission to bottle his brew, making it easily accessible for all people in a ready-to-drink form.

So, in 1995, at the tender age of 15, GT Dave began bottling his Kombucha in the kitchen of his parents’ Southern California home. He had no business plan, just a personal passion and an earnest desire to share his handcrafted gift with the world.

Over 22 years later, GT’s Kombucha has stayed true to the sacred brewing process of this ancient elixir. Using heirloom cultures from that Himalayan Mother SCOBY, we handcraft our Kombucha in the same size small batches that GT brewed back in his family kitchen, with lots of love, just as nature intended.

To this day, our founder is still very hands-on, continuing to sample every single batch before it’s bottled. With a commitment to the integrity of the ingredients, as well as the process, GT’s Kombucha has established itself as the best-selling brew on the market.

Now, under the umbrella of GT’s Living Foods, we’ve expanded our product offerings beyond Kombucha, and are proud to say that we remain a family owned and operated company – always cultured, never compromised.

At GT’s Living Foods, we believe that food can be your medicine or your poison. That’s why we’re dedicated to handcrafting products that are 100% raw, organic, and rich with living probiotics. It is our purpose to bring Beautiful Living Things together, helping people live happier, healthier lives.  

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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 treatments to keep her immune system strong and miraculously recovers.


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 20+ uplifting flavors for our fans to enjoy.

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