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Fairbanks class teaches the basics of making the popular fermented drink kombucha

FAIRBANKS — A fizzy, fermented drink that has swept the nation in popularity in the past few years is gobbling up sales almost as fast as producers can make it.

The drink is kombucha, made by a simple fermentation process involving tea, yeast, sugar and basic science. It’s become so popular nationwide — retail sales reached close to $400 million in 2014 — that one Fairbanks business has started hosting classes teaching fans how to make kombucha at home.

Fairbanksan studies leaves, lives affected by tea

Tea has taken over Jenny Tse’s life.

Not only did Tse switch from drinking coffee to drinking tea, but she started her own tea business — Sipping Streams — selling teas and tea accessories, teaching a class about tea and staging tea events. In May she will be leading her first tea tour to Guangxi Province in China.

Tea 'sommelier' brews the best cuppa in the world

The right temperature, right amount of tea, and the correct steeping times were some of the methods used by this year's Tea Infusionist Champion, a title bestowed on the "sommelier" of teas.

There is a craft to brewing the perfect cup of tea, experts say, one that involves understanding the subtle alchemy that takes place when pouring hot water over delicate, fragrant tea leaves.

Fresh Cup Tea Almanac December 2009

Owner steeps new Fairbanks tea shop in family's history

FAIRBANKS — Jenny Downer-Tse, owner of the new Sipping Streams Tea Company, loves to talk tea.

After traveling through Guangxi province in China, Downer-Tse has become a certified tea specialist and has opened a business with her husband to share her knowledge about the health benefits of tea.