Who Are We?
I'm Clara, 29 years old and the founder of Goodie Guts Ltd! I have been working in the hospitality industry for 10 years now so you can rest assured that my customer service and accountancy skills are spot on!
This is Vanille, who will be working with me. She's younger but wiser than all of us, and the one making all these cool drawings you can see! Needless to say she's the creative one!
We are both Frenchies that have been living in the Scottish Highlands for 2 years now and whom are planning to stay forever!
What's Our Goal?
We want to bring fermented foods to the Scottish Highlands. Make sure the community has a healthy immune system so it can be prepared to fight nasty bacteria and viruses (especially roaming in winter).
Kombucha is our main product for the first year and the idea we are promoting to you today. But if all goes well, there will be much more in the years to come; sauerkraut, kimchi, kvass, fermented relishes, sourdough brownies etc.
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What Is Kombucha?
It's a cold drink made by fermenting tea, that helps improve general intestinal well-being and thus helps your immune system. The most popular legend places the origin of Kombucha in China about 2000 years ago, whilst the first records of the beverage are from 19th-century-Russia. I like to think that both are true and that wherever it originated from, it serves everyone's health in the same way by providing:
- Probiotics: goodie bacteria that will help you fight badie bacteria
- A better digestive system: yummy necessary enzymes
- Antioxidants (especially from the green tea that we brew with)
- Help to prevent lifestyle diseases like joint and heart problems
Remember that nothing is good in excess, but I recommend a 300ml glass every morning to guarantee a good physical and mental health.
I sure did have a happier and healthier lockdown with my daily dose!
What's Clara's Personal Kombucha Story?
Kombucha became part of my daily routine about a year and a half ago. Vanille was talking about the Kombucha she was buying from a health shop and promoted it as being "really tasty & with true health benefits". I had read the bestseller Gut by Giulia Enders and was already sold on fermented foods and the stomach being our second brain! So when I tried Kombucha that day and felt it's benefits a few days later, I was immediately sold!
My partner and I were in Tasmania, Australia at the beginning of 2020 and we thought it was paradise. You might think it must be because of the perfect beaches and the cute wallabies? No (well a little bit but...)! It was the dedicated fridges that every shop had for Kombucha! Our minds were blown by the endless selections of brands and flavours...and them being accessible everywhere we went...YAY!
I was so inspired and intrigued that I bought my own Tasmanian SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast ) at a farmers market in Hobart and brewed my first booches (brews) there, having fun experimenting with it. We lived in an attic space and it was soooo warm, our first booch was super-explosive.
And yes, when we had to fly back to Scotland because of Covid 19, we could not leave that beautiful SCOBY behind*...
*Please note that if you put the SCOBY in your partner's suitcase and it explodes, your partner will have vinegar-smelling clothes for a while...
Now being back in the Scottish Highlands, I had access to some of the world's finest water! My brews became so much better for it and I realized that a lot of Highlanders weren't aware of what Kombucha was or what it could do for you. With all the hillwalkers here and the evidence of a community that is looking after its health, I started wanting brewing on a larger scale to give away to local friends. I bought a 15L oak-barrel and BAM, got my first delicious barrel-brewed booch about 14 days later (ok, my partner and I drank it all but we did give most of the second booch away...).
It's after receiving extremely positive feedback that I got the confidence to start a business from it, so I started doing research on the market and the possibility of opening a brewery...
Why Trust Us? What Do We Believe In?
We believe that a lot of small actions can play a big part in creating an eco-friendly, sustainable, ethical and organic startup that plays its part in the local economy. Kombucha is our main product for the first year, but as soon as possible we will get heaps of different fermented goods for yous to try and give your advice on! It's not just about a product, it's a way of life.
We are genuinely passionate about fermented foods and what they can do to maintain a healthy immune system. At home, I personnaly make sourdough bread, sauerkraut, kimchi, sourdough brownies and crackers...(Tricking yourself into thinking you are being healthy is not a crime...right?)
We promise to always do the best we can to be transparent about what we brew and how we brew it!
There's nothing we value more than your trust!
What's The Target Breakdown?
I need £25,000 for equipment, and £25,000 for the first 2 months of working capital and maintaining a positive cashflow!
If we get into the stretch target of £65,000 (which would be so amazing), then we can buy more barrels to brew Jun Tea in (Tea fermented with organic honey instead of organic cane sugar - yay!) and get semi-automatic equipment (for bottling and labelling) which would make our lives way easier! We also may have the money to get a bottle sanitizer, which means we can reuse bottles you've drank from, and make you pay only for the Kombucha!
....I'll also buy a coffee machine so we can stay awake all night! That will put Vanille's barista skills and my coffee-binge-drinking skills to use ;)
If you need more information about the above statements, please don't hesitate to contact me and I'll be happy to share some of my financial projections with you.
How Do You Get Rewarded For Your Support?
Goodie Guts' journey can only start with your help and support!
Remember, it's an All-or-Nothing campaign, so you will get your money back if Goodie Guts does not see the light of day. But if all goes well, we want to make sure you are receiving fair rewards for believing in us! We have honestly tried to make eco-friendly rewards that will let you experience our awesome Kombucha as well!
Take a look at the different options below, and if you have any questions or don't find what you are looking for, you can contact me at anytime!
You're outside of the UK and want to help us? You want to give an amount that is not already mentionned above? Everything is possible! Contact me through this page so we can come up with something that suits us both :)
What's Left To Say?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our story. Thank you for believing in us and doing wathever you can to help!
If you cannot afford to give anything, just remember that it would help us a lot if you were to share our vision on social media or even talk to your family and friends about it. Or your boss, or your coworker, or a person walking behing you in the street! ;)
Any sort of help is welcomed just now. We thank you in advance and hope everyone stays safe and well!