Kombucha station energizes cyclists

Joey Haney, Chico Natural Foods Cooperative ownership and outreach coordinator, rode the kombucha cart at the Walk and Roll Wednesdays event. Photo credit: Amanda Hovik

Samples of oatmeal, coffee, chai tea and kombucha paired perfectly with yoga demonstrations to start off the day at Walk and Roll Wednesdays.

The event is organized by the Butte Bicycle Coalition as a way for the cycling community to come togetherand learn about healthy eating and how to live sustainable.

Joey Haney, Chico Natural Foods Cooperative ownership and outreach coordinator, has a bike cart that transports GT’s Kombucha Synergy flavors like Ginger Berry and Trilogy on tap.

“Kombucha is a fermented tea and it’s non-alcoholic,” Haney said. “There is a starter called a SCOBY. It’s kind of like a fungus and you put that in a jar or container and you pour it in any caffeinated beverage. The SCOBY metabolizes the caffeine and the sugar and turns it into kombucha.”

Haney, who has worked at the Butte Bicycle Coalition for years, believes that a lot more can be done to promote bicycling around town.

“This is such a great town to ride bicycles in and I think if we build more awareness and enthusiasm towards that, I think it will only get better,” Haney said.

The cart is a heavy load for him to carry around with all of the supplies for Chico Natural Foods Cooperative, but he still enjoys it, Haney said.

“To ride a kombucha cart makes the rider aware of Chico’s topography,” he said. “It is so much weight pulling you back at you when you have two full kegs in there that is around 300 pounds.”

The event is a chance to have a change of scenery, Haney said.

“That’s one of the great things about walking or riding your bike, you’re totally in control,” he said. “You don’t have to be railroaded from point A to point B. You can indulge and explore a bit.”

Haney is only one of the many passionate people who showed up at the event to support bicycling around Chico. Christine LaPado-Breglia attended the event with her family, they’re so devoted to biking that they sold their car last year.

“We swear by it, we love it and it’s a great thing to do as a family,” LaPado-Breglia said.

Amanda Hovik can be reached at [email protected] or @AmandaHovik on Twitter