I was positively giddy chatting with House Kombucha (remember them from the New Year's ReVolution: Drink Kombucha promotion?) founder Rana Chang and her business partner, Ben Graff. Based in San Francisco, they embody the values of a new generation of entrepreneurs committed to a triple bottom line of planet, people & profit. From House's humble beginnings at a struggling underground farmer's market local, to now being available all over SF and soon being delivered straight to your door via their partnership with Green Hearts Family Farm CSA, their story is one of hard work and tenacity.
Using social media and creating symbiotic relationships with other small businesses, they are steadily expanding their market while spreading the message of sustainability. We had so much fun discussing the origins of House, how Rana and Ben first started working together, their pioneering bottle return program that takes recycling one step better (remember the milkman?) and the supportive community that make up their customers, staff and small business alliances.
Their commitment to people and the community is not only reflected in their sourcing of locally grown ingredients but also to their Kombucha themed underground Prosper Dinners (Kombucha bacon anyone?) which take place right in the House Kombucha brewery! Open House on Thursdays is another way to connect with thirsty patrons as they line up with their own vessels and get them filled with tasty booch. If you are in SF for Earth Day, be sure to look for their booth at the Civic Center.