Lawrence and Saleena met while working at the CDC where they were tasked with curing international epidemics, including ebola and measles. Part fate and part frugality, the pair decided to become roommates on a whim. On the very first day, Saleena asked Lawrence if he knew how to make kombucha. He pointed to his jars fermenting on the counter and smiled. Over the next year they fell in love with brewing and with each other. Their chemistry is at the heart of every sip of this brew.

Over the next year Saleena and Lawrence turned their Bushwick abode into a haven for wayward spirits. Through sound healings, meditation, and ecstatic dance, they have fostered a community for radical self-expression. Their batch sizes have grown to provide nourishment to the late night revelers and BKE was born.