Fünk! Kombucha Brewery Expansion

by Fünk! Kombucha in Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

Fünk! Kombucha Brewery Expansion

Total raised £10,265

raised so far



To expand our kombucha brewery, improve our production processes and provide employment and training opportunities for young people locally.

by Fünk! Kombucha in Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 30th September 2020 we'd raised £10,215 with 40 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

By reaching our Stretch target we would be able to invest in improvements to our website and begin to develop e-commerce and on-line sales. We would also seek to employ local talent to help with design and development of the website as well as facilitating additional sales and marketing activity.

We have been producing kombucha in the North-East of England since 2018 after discovering the great taste of this sparkling, fermented tea and learning of it's associated health benefits. 

After a great start to our kombucha brewing operation at the historic Eagle Building (dating from the 1600's and one of Sunderland's earliest buildings)  we have worked with some fantastic customers in the North-East; including Hotpod Yoga Sunderland, Port Bierhaus, Yoga X Life, Clean Bean in Seaham, Arch2 & Thali Tray in Newcastle's Ouseburn as well as the Free Trade Inn, The Tyne Bar and the Cluny.

We work in partnership with some amazing local North-East suppliers such as the Estate Tea Co. of Newcastle, who supply our Ethical Trade Partnership Tea, and Brewlab Ltd. Sunderland who have assisted with laboratory services and product testing as well as providing training in brewing and fermentation. We also share our production space with Sunshine Co-operative in Sunderland and they have been instrumental in helping our kombucha business start up.

We are now seeking to expand our brewing capacity, increase our ability to reach many more customers, nationally as well as locally, and to improve and enhance our production processes. This will be facilitated by the recruitment of a number of unemployed local youngsters as trainees in the areas of Social Media and Digital Marketing, Production and Sales and Administration.   

We are currently fermenting in very small batches and need to increase our capacity (to small batch!) in order to become a thriving and viable business. The purchase of a unitank to allow chilling and carbonation would provide many benefits and process improvements. Furthermore a counter pressure bottle filler and a labelling machine would allow us to increase our output and speed up what can be a time-consuming process.

We've been resident in the Eagle Building since September 2019 and an opportunity has now arisen to further expand in this space. However, in order to make this possible we need to increase production. We're eagerly awaiting the details of the UK Government's Kickstart scheme which funds 6 months paid employment for those aged 16-24 . Your purchase of our exciting project rewards will enable us to provide training and employment for young people which will be an ongoing process alongside the continued success of our kombucha brewing adventure.

Thanks for looking! Stay fünky!


This project offered rewards

£100 or more

Join the Fünk!100 Klub

1 case of kombucha (12 bottles), Fünk! Kombucha t-shirt, tote shopper bag and life membership of the Fünk! Klub. Exclusive seasonal offers, discounts and samples. Your name on the roll of honour which will be prominently displayed at the expanded brewery.

£15 or more

Fünk! Kombucha Large Tote Shoulder Bag - Fünky!

Large black tote shopper bearing our logo. These are 100% recycled salvaged cotton which is ethical and vegan friendly. Produced locally by our friends at Merch B*tch in Sunderland (United Kingdom delivery only - thanks)!

£25 or more

Fünk! Kombucha T-Shirt - Black and Fünky!

Black T-Shirt in sizes small, medium, large or extra-large. These are 100% recycled salvaged cotton which is ethical and vegan friendly. Produced locally by our friends at Merch B*tch in Sunderland (United Kingdom delivery only - thanks)!

£40 or more

Case of Fünk! Kombucha - 12 Bottles

A case of 12 bottles (275ml) of Fünk! Kombucha - your choice of flavours! Raspberry & Hibiscus, Ginger Oolong, Amarillo Hop or Original Oolong! Delivered to your door! Or wherever you'd like it to be delivered (within reason! And within the United Kingdom)!

£40 or more

Learn to Homebrew Kombucha Workshop - Gift Voucher

Having successfully ran our first kombucha home-brew workshop in March 2019 we were disappointed that our plans were curtailed with the emergence of Covid. Kicking off in Jan. 2021 in a Covid safe small group setting we will provide all the knowledge and materials you need to brew your own kombucha. The vouchers can be used as gifts for friends and relatives and, if a workshop isn't their thing, they can be exchanged for kombucha or merchandise.

£250 or more

Kombucha Fermentation Training and Brewing Day

Join Chief Fünkster John for a day of Kombucha brewing at the Eagle Building. Learn the tricks of the trade and take away a t-shirt and a mixed case of Kombucha. Weekends only! Lunch is also included at one of our fünky, local beach side establishments.

£300 or more

Fünk! Kombucha Annual Subscription

12 Months supply of Fünk! Kombucha 1 case of 8 bottles per month for 12 months. Select your favourites and receive special seasonal and one-off brews.

£2,500 or more

Buy Fünk! Kombucha a shiny new brewing vessel!

The purchase of a stainless steel unitank to allow for the mixing, maturing, chilling and carbonation of our kombucha is essential to enable us to scale up production and improve our brewing processes. This is the major piece in the jigsaw that allows us to produce on a larger scale and develop our brand with the goal of providing training and employment locally. As well as our gratitude you also receive a t-shirt, tote bag and big case of Fünk!

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