She makes and promotes healthy fermented food and drinks through her company Edible Alchemy, and is owner of the Mother Kombucha drink - that she sells to various fancy restaurants and bars like Soho House. Started in her home country of Canada, ripened through her extensive world travelling, and set up in Berlin since 2014, Alexis has taken it upon herself to share her recipes through online seminars and workshops.
Before Alexis' first Probiotic Soda Pop workshop hits betahaus, we thought we'd let her tell you a bit more about what makes these sodas pop and what's the benefits of drinking them. And hey, while we're at it, we'll find out a bit more about our friend, colleague and fermentation queen.
Probiotic means pro-life. This means that a probiotic soda is a soda that lives! This is basically the exact opposite as anti-biotic (which is something we take far too often and can strip our inner gut flora) There are live bacterias that help our immune system, our stomach, and therefore our overall health.
A probiotic soda has naturally occurring bubbles and fizz that come from all natural ingredients and flavours. Not only really tasty, but good for us too.
By drinking probiotic drinks and foods in general, we give back to our gut the good bacteria which promotes better digestion, improved immune system, nutrients and vitamins. Different soda combinations help with all sorts of different things. For example, ginger-beer helps not only with digestion, but aids with fever illness, throat soreness with all kinds of other benefits with ginger.
Fermentation literally is everywhere and all around us. I have traveled to 33 countries and have found fermented foods in every one of them. Not by coincidence; these foods are prominent features in many cultures! Because of traditions, religions, practices and lifestyles - such as living without a refrigerator. I have been totally intrigued by how and why people use fermentation practices and so I started to experiment myself. With satisfying results.
Probiotic sodas can range from every flavour imaginable: lavender, lemon grass, peach, cherry, yerba-mate honey flavour… let your imagination go! Also, you can get some serious bubbles in them by the natural fermentation. I've had volcano eruptions and even bottle explosions because of the high carbonation that builds up. The chemical taste of coke I generally stay away from.. I haven't really tried, but technically I guess you could.
Because these sodas are alive, they have a short expiry date and there's a possibility they'll explode - especially if you keep them for long. For this reason, stores often won't carry them on their shelves. This is why its totally valuable to learn to make them yourself. And of course it's fun, because you can adjust the flavour, the sugar level, and the ferment time to your own personal schedule and taste.
When I was 19 years old, I spent a year living in Mozambique working as an art teacher, a girls soccer coach and general entertainer for the small community I lived in. I think I ended up learning a lot more than I taught though! Two new languages, a new way of life, different mentalities and traditional methods of living. At the end of that year, I hitchhiked through Africa - Mozambique to Zimbabwe, to Zambia, to Botswana, to South Africa and back to Mozambique. I only realised how crazy and dangerous it was when I looked back afterwards and re-read my blog. Even today my mother still scolds me and worries after reading those blog posts! Truth is though, I have a mother who is incredibly encouraging and would love to be a fly on the wall for some of these crazy adventures. She has supported me in all my other travels after that, and still does now.
Lately I've loved plum-fig-lemon-water-kefir. It's a light, lemonade-like, effervescent drink full of good probiotics.
Every September, our co-founders take part in the Techfestival. in Copenhagen, spending a few days disconnecting from the daily life and focusing on creating a better, more human-centered tech future. This year the think tank which included our co-founders Madeleine and Max came up with the TechPledge. The Tech Pledge was made to emphasize the need for a new direction in tech. Similar to the Hippocratic oath for doctors, the Tech Pledge is a promise to make tech a force for good and ensure responsible and sustainable tech leadership. It’s a commitment to driving a new direction in technology.
One of the most exciting projects for betahausX this year (which is also continuing in 2020) is their new startup challenge called The Werder Lab - a global startup competition that aims to reimagine the way clubs like Werder work with athletes, fans and partners.
This year couldn’t end without us having our favourite events - the end-of-the-year holiday party and the BETAPITCH Global Finals. On the 6th of December we saw the 9 finalists of the regional BETAPITCH competitions pitching in front of our jury. Congrats to Troy from Hamburg for winning the big prize.
We finished the year at our Holiday Party celebrating anything and everything at betahaus | Neukölln together with our members, friends of friends and our favourite artists from Passiflora LIVE, Tapete and Kotoe.
Thank you for being with us in 2019. It's been a crazy big year for us and it wouldn't been possible without your support, trust and the hard work of our amazing team. Have an amazing holiday time and we'll see you again in 2020.