I didn’t know when or how I would write about Mother Kombucha, but it needed to happen now and the universe told me that today was the day. Actually I had intended this after my kombucha post last week. So you can call this a segue or a continuation but I just call this a celebration of some of the best beverages Mother Nature has ever provided. That wording was intentional by the way.
Nearly two months after visiting the great city of St. Petersburg, FL. I recall fondly how gorgeous, spacious, and welcoming Central Avenue was. While visiting a friend who lived on that street, and meeting with friends throughout the week, I still had plenty of time to myself and to do my own thing.
There were hardly any plans (here is my tea history in the sunshine state thus far), other than knowing that I would love to try some tea, try something new, and try something fun, and then try some more tea. I love going in blind and going in open-minded and seeing where life takes me.
I can’t say it enough, the tea culture and lifestyle on the Gulf Coast give me goose bumps. It’s something truly special that I only hope to experience either back in Florida or somewhere just as breathtaking.
Well what would you know, that this amazing coffee shop (which does have great coffee by the way) Intermezzo, which is footsteps away from where one of my closest friends now resides, would be where I discovered the Mother of all kombuchas. Yes I could do this all day…
I walked in on a gorgeous and supremely sunny day to this cozy and charming space not knowing what to expect. When I walk into a coffee shop my curious mind always wonders about the tea list. Now many also have their own loose leaf tea, or might carry a few standard label tea bags (which are perfectly fine by the way), maybe some more lavish brands of tea, or in this case the Lavender Mojito, which to say is incredible is a severe understatement.
Before I could even let my the friendly server behind the counter finish her suggestions, like a boisterous child ordered the Lavender Mojito without any hesitation.
Thanks to my new friend (I humbly apologize for not remembering her name) she allowed me to take pictures of the inside, and enjoy my this iconic beverage outside on a peaceful day. While many others are working, I’m on vacation, so it was an early afternoon, it was a tad lonely, but in the same way it was needed peace and time to reflect. If it weren’t for this blog I would hardly share this with anyone.
There were no check-ins, no pictures, and no hints at the time that I was here. And that’s just the way I wanted it. I took my few pictures (or so I thought), and then I stopped. Because sipping something like this, being in your own universe, being around the sun, around random people saying hello, and enjoying my own company lies a feeling that everything is going to be ok. It’s not just one of those things you have to believe, it’s one of those things you should believe.
The thoughts going through my head were different than what I would feel at home. I can’t explain it, I can hardly remember even what I was thinking about. I did recall my tea was unbelievable. It’s one of the easier ones I’ve ever had, and I would be saying this even if I had this on a regular basis at home. But I rather make this larger-than-life, because it was.
The ingredients and information are presented to you below but all I can say is that if you live in a place nearby that sells this, do yourself a favor and grab yourself as much as you can. That flavor, that color, that bottle, that label, oh my god. What else needs to be said? It’s ecstasy in a bottle.
And the funny thing about being in your own ecstasy, I was the only one outside so for a while it felt like I was the only person on Earth. After a while I noticed while taking photos a group of people drawing closer and closer to my location. Then I noticed they all wore the same attire. I don’t even remember who they were with or what they were about. I hope someone can remind me. But as they came near, if this were a bad movie or tv show the first thought would be to run. However, this group was about spreading love, kindness, and hugs all around. I got a bunch of hugs from people I’ve never met in my life and who knows if I will ever see again. But it didn’t matter. I was alone but I wasn’t, then I was alone again. But I wasn’t lonely. I felt good. I took enough pictures that it may look like a flip-book or slide show for your enjoyment.
To say this made my Lavender Mojto Kombucha that much better would be one of those fabled understatements.
After a little while I felt like it was the right time to go. I’m grateful to Intermezzo for everything, and for letting me keep the bottle.
I’m grateful for this experience, which will never happen this organically again. It’ll have to be something else. And that’s what makes this so beautiful. This will continue next week, as this was not my only encounter with the Mother.
Where I was staying was minutes from their headquarters, but they’re not open to the public for tours, as far as I know. But I did get a picture anyways. This is how I play tourist.
But what I’ll get into next week is how a day after this awe-inspiring experience, was one at the Saturday Morning Market in Williams Park that I’ll only say is comparable in stature but how it comes out in my words will convey if it was just as awesome, or magical for other reasons. I can’t wait to reminisce. I had another dynamic flavor that I’ll leave as a teaser for you below.
This was beautiful. More next week. Thank you so much.