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You're IT Cross Culture Kombucha Tap Room!
Three questions with Liz Ceppos, owner of Cross Culture Kombucha.
Why did you start your business?
My husband, Ian, and I truly enjoy kombucha, especially as an option for the non-drinker in social situations. We noticed that kombucha on tap wasn't an option anywhere in the area, and we sought to change that! We knew how to make great tasting kombucha and we were passionate about getting out to restaurants, cafes and breweries to demonstrate that kombucha on tap is an amazing option. I was in a transition work-wise, with a big birthday on the horizon, and I felt strongly moved to create and build something new. That was in 2016. In 2017, we got the brand off the ground and began building a great foundation of wholesale accounts. In 2018, we expanded and opened our kombucha brewery in a new location, with a taproom! The taproom is the first of its kind in the state of Connecticut and we are proud to have opened it in our home city of Danbury.
Best selling product/service?
Our best selling core flavor is Jasmine, and we almost always bring it to every single event we work, and it's a permanent flavor on our otherwise rotating taps in the taproom. I love to challenge sworn kombucha haters to try it... they often change their minds and become regular customers. And hands down, we have amazing limited edition and special flavors - our Lemon Lavender, Mojito, Blueberry Limeade, Dope Beets and Hip Hops are examples. They sell out very quickly, people rave about them and consistently request their favorites.
How many local businesses do you use to support your business (products and services) and can you name them?
For what goes into our kombucha, we buy from local tea importers (Simpson & Vail in Brookfield, as well as Westchester County importer) and we order our bottles from a local CT provider (O.Berk). We buy from local farms and fellow farmers market vendors for special seasonal flavors of kombucha - examples are Fort Hill Farm, Holbrook Farm, Roses Berry Farm. We have a fantastic coffee kombucha using Sacred Ground Coffee Roasters coffee. So many of the professional services we utilize regularly are through local businesses (Number Nerd bookkeeping, Bingley Design for marketing and graphics, Signature Printhouse for merchandise, Impulse Design for printing). The snacks offered in our taproom are exclusively by local producers, such as Kelly's Four Plus Granola, J's Homemade Elderberry Syrup, Mothership Bakery goods, Lesser Evil snacks, Dough & Co cookies. Even Nit Noi Provisions broths. Fairfield County has so many high-quality local producers many people don't even know about. We enthusiastically promote our wholesale accounts, which are all small businesses.
Cross Culture Kombucha has a Tap Room located at 52 Division Street, Danbury. The hours of operation are listed below.
Cross Culture Kombucha tags Dough & Co!
Visit Cross Culture Kombucha online here.
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