Review: Kombucha Jar from Mortier Pilon

Kombucha; it contains healthy bacteria, tastes great and is ever popular among health advocates and foodies alike. So, how best to save our money and make it at home?

We had read over and again that Mortier Pilon products were the most fermentation friendly on the market so we tried their five litre kombucha jar and we were not disappointed.

Kombucha is made by fermenting sweetened tea using a kombucha culture which digests the sugar in the tea, generating the vitamins, antioxidants and probiotics that make the drink so popular. The Mortier Pilon Kombucha Jar is the first ever to be designed specifically for kombucha brewing. It comes with its own filter and tap valve and allows for continuous brewing or in between SCOBY storage.

We love this jar. Made from porous glass and BPA free plastic, it is light and attractive and designed so that as the SCOBY feeds on the sugar and produces gas, it filters out naturally. The little tap is a great way of filling bottles for second ferment without having to mess around with taking out the SCOBY and sieving the liquid and a quick wipe ensures that it doesn’t drip. After just three days our kombucha was fruity enough for second ferment and our SCOBY happily stayed put in a little kombucha until we were ready to make our next batch.

This jar makes fermenting fun and easy. We love the bright design of the packaging and fun feel of the website and videos on the the company’s YouTube channel. It is clear they are striving to make creating healthy food at home easy and enjoyable and are passionate about doing it.

We spoke to Mortier Pilon about what motivated them to create their range and why they love fermented food so much.

What inspired you to create fermentation products?

We are a team of young innovators fuelled by Montreal’s amazing creative energy. We strive to create smart, beautifully designed products that stem from niches we’re passionate about. ​

One of our founders is an avid kombucha drinker and used to regularly drink store bought kombucha. One day, he started wondering whether he’d be able to make his own at home. After doing a little bit of research, he realised the equipment for kombucha brewing tended to be bulky, unattractive, incredibly heavy and considering the above, rather expensive. And so the team put their heads together and started developing a line of kombucha-brewing products, along with home fermentation ones for kimchi, sauerkraut, etc., that would work great, produce delicious, probiotic-packed results and look beautiful on any kitchen counter.

Mortier Pilon is all about bringing the fun back to the process of making kombucha, kimchi, pickles and sauerkraut.

The entire Mortier Pilon line was developed with both ergonomics and style in mind. We wanted to create products that were as simple to use, clean-looking and seamless as possible, contrary to the bulkiness and rather rustic look of most home fermentation products currently on the market.

What are the benefits of kombucha?

Fermented foods are very important as they are so good for health. They balance gastric acid, provide essential probiotics and vitamins, restore natural gut flora, facilitate nutrient absorption, contribute to intestinal health and stimulate the immune system.

Unfortunately, most store bought industrially fermented foods are pasteurised, a process during which all the microflora which is at the very core of the health benefits outlined above is destroyed.

Kombucha is a fermented tea that’s packed with vitamins, antioxidants and probiotics. It’s a living drink made by fermenting sweetened tea using a SCOBY which stands for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. As the SCOBY ‘digests’ the sugar in the tea, it generates a variety of probiotics, enzymes and amino acids, turning the initial tea into a nutrient-packed tangy effervescent health drink that’s also deliciously addictive.

What makes your kombucha jar different to others on the market?

Our kombucha brewing jar provides a controlled brewing environment with built in ventilation; air goes in and out through the jar’s cloth filter. During the first fermentation stage the SCOBY will feed on sugar and liberate carbon dioxide. At this step, the gas will pass through the porous wall of the jar, resulting in a still drink.

Mortier Pilon draws inspiration from ancient traditions to create home fermentation recipes that will enrich your diet with a wealth of health benefits.

The glass does not allow for airborne particles to pass into it, so as long as the lid is secure and the kombucha and SCOBY are handled with clean hands and instruments, there should be no issues with contamination. Glass is the best material to use for a safe environment for the culture of bacteria.

The tap on the jar filters the kombucha and the jar itself is designed for continuous brewing. All continuous brewing really requires is that you never completely empty the jar so that an optimal environment for the SCOBY is preserved.

Are your products fairtrade and sustainable?

The Mortier Pilon range was launched in 2015. The products are designed in house, in Montreal. As for the manufacturing, it takes place with our trusted manufacturer in China, except for the SCOBY which is grown right here, in Montreal. The packaging is designed by design firm Chez Valois, which is also Montreal-based.

‘Mortier Pilon’ literally means mortar and pestle in French. We chose this name because we think it represents the spirit of craftsmanship and DIY that defines the brand.

Our production environment in China has passed the inspection of an independent audit which is very picky, for good reason and control procedures ensure that the work environment is healthy and fair.

Regarding sustainability we use glass and no BPA plastic for a sustainable use of the crocks.