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Kara Sam, founder of Bucha Brew

Vancouver | BC
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Who are you and what is your background? 

My Name is Kara Sam- I went to school to become a red seal chef. Once I realized the chef lifestyle wasn’t for me I Studied to become a personal trainer. I never actually knew what I wanted to be when I grew up so I thought getting life skills along the way was a good route.

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Your current job:

Mom-I have 2 boys - 2.5 and 6 months. Founded Bucha Brew in 2015. I run all operations within the business.

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In which city:

Vancouver, BC

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How did you discover kombucha?

In Maui. They had walls of kombucha in every grocery store there. I had just had my first son and was tired of just drinking water all the time. I was very excited to try this healthy alternative beverage and was hooked from the first sip.

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What prompted you to start your company?

When I arrived home from Maui I looked everywhere for local kombucha, all I could find was GT’s and Rise so I started making it for friends and family…

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What makes your product unique?

We don’t carbonate our Kombucha, we let the natural fermentation process create the bubbles. I find that the bubbles are smaller and finer, like champagne rather than pop. 

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What do you want to convey through your brand image?

I want to help people be the best that they can be. Kombucha is good for so many things, people should be drinking it every day!

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What are the main challenges in your company?

finding good people to work. 

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What tools are essential for your work(app, software)?

Quickbooks is a huge help.

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A word to define what type of worker you are:

efficient

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What does your office space look like?

My Bedroom (the babes limit the amount of time I can spend out working, when I am out I’m doing sales, talking to people or helping in the facility)

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Do you have a way to organize your days to optimize your work?

I have to do most work on Tuesday Thursday and Friday when I have my nanny. It's amazing how much you can pack into a day. I schedule all meetings on these days and start as early as possible.

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What tips would you give to improve productivity?

Keep a clear mind, exercise is huge. We go on staff hikes. Also giving the incentive of when the work is finished you can go on with your day. If it takes 4 hours or 10 hours, the faster you work the faster you are outta there.

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What is the best advice you have been given?

Look after myself first, if I am run down, tired or not on the ball everything ends up suffering.

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What are your end-of-day and early-day routine?

Up at 6- breakfast for the kids- either go to the facility or get to my first meeting… after that it's really anybody guesses, I couldn’t say 2 days are the same.

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Apart from your computer and your phone, what gadget cannot you do without?

Diffuser

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upcoming products or projects?

We are just trying to stay on top of production right now! We are going to launch a 1L format in stores soon and hopefully hit more provinces next year. We always have rotating seasonal flavors to keep things interesting.

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