Q&A: Alicia Medina of Oddity Kombucha & Faculty Brewing
Alicia Medina could be called a fermentation specialist. Not only is she the founder of Oddity Kombucha, she’s also the other half behind local craft brewery Faculty Brewing, which she runs together with her husband Maurizio Lozano. As Modo Business members, the couple uses Modo for Business deliveries, trips to BCIT (where Maurizio teaches Food Technology) and to help move their business to the next level!
Your favourite Modo?
The cargo vans are very helpful when we need to move equipment or do big deliveries. I use it around Vancouver to pick up ingredients and deliver products, usually for short trips.
How did you start your own business, Oddity Kombucha?
After 8 years of sitting behind a desk as an intern architect, I wanted to find a new way to share my love of design and creativity. I experimented with kombucha brewing as a hobby after craving a delicious, healthy and non-alcoholic alternative to beer. Walking through the aisle of our local grocery store, I noticed that most packaged kombucha wasn’t locally made, and few local bars or restaurants carried kombucha on tap. Shortly after the summer of 2015, this hobby officially became Oddity Kombucha.
How does Modo help you run your own business?
It helps me get around town to deliver my products without having to buy a car for the company. This has allowed me to allocate resources towards expanding my operations rather than paying for a vehicle that is parked most of the day.
What does “Own less, live more” mean to you?
It means being conscious about the material possessions that we bring into our lives and businesses both for financial and environmental reasons.
Any special plans or events coming up in 2017 at Faculty Brewing & Oddity, that our members should know about?