Kombucha Makers Unite; Where to ask and be answered in Recipe Sharing Posted June 4, 2018 @Natalie Suzanne Yea, for sure don't use honey as it has antibacterial properties and will kill the culture. I think I've used coconut sugar and it worked okay but usually use a blend of regular sugar and "natural" cane sugar. It doesn't really matter because YOU don't end up eating it …. the scoby does!! I think it also works best with at least some of the tea being regular black tea because of the of tannins in it that seem to be needed for the process. I haven't tried it without. Have fun!