Bacteria, yeast, fermentation. Sound gross? No way! This is just part of the process of making kombucha, a sweet, fizzy fermented tea that has taken the health world by storm. Not only can you make some amazing flavor combinations but evidence also suggests that kombucha has a range of health benefits, including gut and liver health, and can be the perfect alternative to sugary sodas and juices. With local Han's Kombucha it was love at first sip. A small-batch, women-owned kombucha brewery located in the heart of Salt Lake City, the gals at Han's motto is "We brew for you! Any and all." Keep reading to learn more about our July Business of the Month in our interview with owner Kate Lubing, business partner to Hannah Hendrickson. Cheers!
UMLF: Tell us about yourselves and your backgrounds?
Han's: Hannah was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and after graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Public Health, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a short time before starting Han's Kombucha in the fall of 2018. Kate hails from Jackson Hole, Wyoming and after spending nearly two decades in Hospitality and Restaurant Management with a degree from Le Cordon Bleu'. Kate partnered with Hannah at the end of 2019 and they haven't looked back since. With Hannah's passion and innovative approach to the kombucha brewing world and Kate's background of sales and management, they are a perfect powerhouse duo brewing their kombuha with love for the state of Utah.
UMLF: We are drooling reading over your menu. How do you guys come up with your unique flavors?
Han's: We are also drooling. Sometimes it's an idea that comes to us in the middle of the day or a flavor combination that keeps us up at night with excitement to try it at the brewery the next day. We brew kombucha with flavors that we like to drink. Some flavors are simply classic like our front runner of Ginger Hibiscus and then some are experiments that take time and tweaking for many weeks like our Blueberry Lavender JUN kombucha. It's all made with love, which we think makes it taste that much better.
UMLF: Your branding is obviously top-notch, tell us about your creative process?
Han's: A graphic designer friend of Hannah's from college actually did the first label for the company. We are so lucky that he did. Over the last year we've brought on an AMAZING branding, film and marketing duo to help fine tune the brand and bring our future brands to life. We want to represent what's important to us as business owners, consumers and community members. The arch is representative of our beautiful state of Utah and we fill in around it with an approachable, inviting blend of content, colors and product information.
UMLF: Every business has its highs and lows. Tell us about a challenge you faced as a small business owner and how you overcame it?
Han's: Oh goodness. I think each day is filled with many highs and certainly a handful of lows. That's being a business owner and young company though. I think that scaling the production has definitely come with it's challenges but we've kept a positive attitude and fought through the unknowns that show up. As we scale, balancing the supply and demand has been an interesting adventure for us and probably always will be. What we do know is that there is nothing we can't work out and overcome together and feel incredibly fortunate for not only our business partnership but our friendship too.
UMLF: How do you believe the Utah Microloan Fund has helped your business?
Han's: The Utah Microloan Fund helped our business tremendously. We recently signed a long term lease on our very own space off of 300 West. Without the funding from the UMLF we wouldn't have been able to secure the equipment we need for our new space as well as cover the build out costs of the brewery production facility. Han's is grateful for this program and we implore other small businesses to apply.
UMLF: Where can people find your kombucha?
Han's: Great question. The best place to look is on our website www.hanskombucha.com, where we list a good portion of our retailers from Heber Valley to Moab. We hope in the near future that we can offer Han's state wide and one day start shipping. We also offer pickup and delivery online. While waiting for our new facility to be built out, we offer you the option to place your orders online, choose a pick up time at our production facility or delivery to your home.
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