North Vancouver, Mainland/Southwest
North Vancouver, Mainland/Southwest
Tality Kombucha aims to sustainably brew the highest quality and most authentic kombucha possible, straight from our North Shore production facility to your door. We’re all about crafting the perfect bottle of ‘booch, using only organic, whole, and real ingredients - black tea, cane sugar, and infused flavours. We believe that using a whole ginger root, blackberry, or sage leaf adds complexity to the flavour profile that can’t be replicated with juices, concentrates, or anything but the real thing. At Tality, we use top-of-the-line equipment to ensure a controlled ferment. The end result is a simple and wholesome, low sugar, good-for-you, probiotic refreshment available on-tap or in bottles. As an added bonus, all of our labels are made of 100% post-consumer recycled material, and 1% of all our sales are donated to a local environmental non-government organization.
In Business Since 2017
Best Community Impact
What motivated you to start your business and what core cause do you support?
The three most compelling reasons why I fell in love with kombucha was the art of fermentation itself, the versatility of the beverage as a healthy non-alcoholic and soda alternative, and the great taste. Some acquire the taste, while I loved it from the start. I saw the potential for this beverage to take a large stake in the healthy beverage market, an overall positive trend for public health. I wanted to explore the art of fermentation, using real ingredients, to make the best kombucha out there. If I could create something that people enjoyed, all while being good for them and our planet (relatively speaking), that's a triple bottom line business - profit, people, planet. Our ‘booch only uses organic tea, cane sugar, and fruits, roots, or herbs - no concentrates, or artificial anything, or sweeteners, or pasteurization of any kind. This means that every one of our bottles is vibrantly alive and authentically brewed. You just can't get the best taste profile without being real. It's important to understand that at the end of the day, our business is brewing kombucha. That's primarily what we do. That's where we create our value in society, by brewing an authentic, real, product. That being said, we’re all about adding additional value by working together with our local community. We've done custom flavors for local cafe's, breweries and grocery stores like Nemesis or Stong's Market, and regularly take part in events that support the environment or community with partners like Patagonia. Brewing out of the North Shore, we’re always a hop away from a BC adventure - whether it’s going for a hike in the mountains, or having a great time by the lake. To respect and protect the planet we love to play in, we’ve designed our practices to be as environmentally responsible as we can be. We are a 1% For the Planet Member, donating 1% of all our revenues towards local NGOs to support the environment. We use stone paper material for our labels, often renowned as one of the most environmentally friendly label materials available. We started a bottle wash and reuse program. Even our cleaners and sanitizers are environmentally friendly and septic safe. Our ingredients are sourced local when possible. Lastly, we are organic certified. All the causes we support are second to brewing good kombucha. For me, it just feels like the right thing to do. People define their economy with their purchases, and I like to believe many share similar values.
Why do you deserve to win the Best Community Impact award?
We deserve to win the Best Community Impact award because we are facilitating the trend towards direct to consumer from manufacturer movement that will give customers access to better pricing and allow for stronger connections to local businesses.
Best Youth Entrepreneur
What motivated you to start your business and what is your vision for the future of your company?
Well, to be totally honest, I started this business when I was 21 years old while attending UBC because I thought it sounded like a fun lifestyle business to hustle on the side while finishing my commerce degree. I was so totally wrong. To be blunt, I was an idiot. I don't know what I was thinking. I cringe at myself back in the day. But that's good, because that means I've grown. For some reason I thought I could keep overhead low, brew maybe two times a week, sell to a couple retail locations, and profit a few hundred a week. I had visions of living in a van and selling kombucha out of it, rock climbing in Squamish with my plethora of free time. Living off a cheap diet of rice and veggies. Most deceiving of all, I thought that it would be fun. It's not. It's hard work. And the concept of low overhead high profit margin for a small beverage production operation is just so wrong it's embarrassing. The game of beverages, and most food production, is about volume. Which is tough because we're not really setup for massive volume. So, I don't really see anyone getting rich from a beverage business of our size. But I do believe, we can get to the point of being one of Vancouver's (and possible the lower mainland / BC) premiere products. I want people to be proud of drinking our kombucha. I want it to be a symbol of health, a inclination to those consuming it that they are caring for themselves, the local community, and the environment. I want Tality Kombucha to be a thing, you know. Hopefully we get to the point where we can pay our staff well, and I will have enough free time and resources to pursue fun community focused projects. Like our athlete ambassador program, or cool local merch with local artists, more fun limited releases partnering with local farms and suppliers. I believe that once we get to a comfortable size, I will really be able to apply my creativity to make the brand more than just kombucha, without forgetting that at the end of the day, all we "really" do is brew good kombucha.
Why do you deserve to win the Best Youth Entrepreneur award?
I am sure there are many other young entrepreneur's who deserve this award, but I feel I should be considered given the amount I have grown over the past 4 years. I truly believe you either win or you learn. I have mostly learned. I believe that is defining to being a youth entrepreneur. The best youth entrepreneur is the one that chooses to keep learning. That's me!
Premier's People's Choice
I believe I should win the Premier's People's Choice Award for the combination of being a youth entrepreneur that has founded a business that supports a movement towards healthy, locally brewed drinks that are good for peoples health, while supporting environmental causes, and works closely with the local community.