Kombucha Girl / Trying Kombucha for the First Time

Kombucha Girl / Trying Kombucha for the First Time

Part of a series on First Time Tasting Reaction Videos. [View Related Entries]

Updated Mar 31, 2023 at 02:18PM EDT by Don.

Added Aug 13, 2019 at 12:49PM EDT by Don.

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Trying Kombucha for the First Time, also known as Kombucha Girl and Woman Drinking Kombucha, is a reaction video in which TikTok user @brittanyt445 (Brittany Tomlinson) takes a sip of kombucha before having a mixed reaction to the taste of the fermented beverage, appearing to flip-flop between disgust and appreciation.


On August 6th, 2019, TikTok[1] user @brittanyt445 uploaded a video with the description "Me trying Kombucha for the first time" (shown below). In the video, she smells a can of kombucha and declares "it smells like a public restroom" before taking a sip, then appears to go back and forth on whether it tastes pleasant or foul (shown below).



On August 9th, 2019, Twitter user @PopstarDave[2] reuploaded the video, along with the message "When I tasted cum for the first time" (shown below). Within four days, the tweet gathered upwards of 27.5 million views, 148,000 likes and 34,000 retweets.

On August 11th, Twitter user @DemetriusHarmon posted the video with the caption "the first time i stole from self checkout," gaining over one million views, 81,000 likes and 13,000 retweets within 48 hours (shown below).

On August 12th, Ebaum's World[4] published an article about the video titled "The Tik Tok Reaction Meme You've Been Looking For." The following day, Mashable[3] published an article titled "This woman's face journey after trying kombucha is your newest reaction meme," which highlighted various tweets using the original TikTok as a reaction video.

Interview with Know Your Meme

On January 14th, 2021, Know Your Meme interviewed Brittany Tomlinson about the origins of the photo used in the meme, history with internet culture, her career as a content creator and more.

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