The Champagne of Kombucha

Jun/zjûn is a sparkling probiotic non-alcoholic elixir that not only tastes great but is good for you + the bees 

Our Hive

Shanti Volpe

Shanti Volpe

Queen Bee

Shanti Volpe has a passion for helping people unearth their purpose and discover their own healing and peace. In March of 2017, she solidified her vision and founded Shanti Elixirs. As owner and CEO, she loves bringing joy to the world through her nourishing elixirs. She is a devoted wife and mother of three fabulous boys, RN, and lactation consultant. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, reading self-help books, and playing games with her family.

The one thing I can’t resist is… listening to self-help books on audible.
I’ve always wanted to… travel to Africa.
My desired super-hero power is… to have time expansion.
I love traveling to… India!
My favorite Jun flavor is… Chai.

Kalyan Volpe

Consulting Bee

Kalyan Volpe is passionate about serving his community by facilitating learning and growth. He is co-owner at Shanti Elixirs and has been with the business since its inception in March of 2017. He works doing account and public outreach, sales, and management consulting. Kalyan also co-founded Odyssey Community School, and has a deep commitment to helping young people flourish. He is a devoted husband and father of three boys. In his spare time he enjoys kirtan and spending time in nature with his family.

The one thing I can’t resist is… chocolate cake.
I’ve always wanted to… see more of the world.
My desired super-hero power is… devotion.
I love traveling to…new places with the family.
My favorite Jun flavor is… Blueberry Basil.

Kalyan Volpe
Janaka Volpe

Janaka Volpe

Market Bee

Janaka Volpe enjoys developing personal relationships with co-workers and community members. He has been with the hive from the beginning, when his mother first began the business in March of 2017 and is a bottling and market bee when his school schedule allows. In his spare time he loves creative writing, reading, and learning.

The one thing I can’t resist is… food.
I’ve always wanted to… swim with dolphins.
My desired super-hero power is… to fly.
I love traveling to…Connecticut.
My favorite Jun flavor is… Blueberry Basil.

Meridith Allen

Meridith Allen

Brewing Bee

Meridith Allen has a longstanding enthusiasm for making ferments and infusions. She joined the hive in October of 2017, and soon after became head brewer at the Junery. She prepares each small batch with intention, imbuing the Jun with love and peace. She is a mother of three wonderful boys, and is passionate about tea, gardening, beekeeping, yoga, and wellness.

The one thing I can’t resist is…tater tots from Asheville Pizza and a good hug.
I’ve always wanted to… go to Hawaii and learn more about tea.
My desired super-hero power is… to speak a foreign language.
I love traveling to… Pai, Thailand!
My favorite Jun flavor is… Lemon Lavender or Orange Roselle.

Sophia Phillips

Sales Bee

Sophia Phillips is passionate about promoting a company that offers a product that positively impacts her community and enjoys supporting her fellow sister bees. She joined the team in August of 2018, assisting with administrative tasks and building relationships with the community through her work in events and sales. She is a published nature photographer and writer and loving mother of two sons and a therapy dog.

The one thing I can’t resist is… touching and photographing nature.
I’ve always wanted to… swimming with dolphins and standing with the Sequoias.
My desired super-hero power is… to stop the suffering of the planet.
I love traveling to… new places to experience different cultures and nature.
My favorite Jun flavor is… Blueberry Basil

Sophia Phillips
Michelle Mortensen

Michelle Mortensen

Event Bee

Michelle Mortensen has a passion for positivity and sharing whole foods with the world. She joined the hive in August 2019, excited to share probiotics with people through education and tastings while running markets. She also helps with administrative duties and deliveries. In her spare time she loves cooking healthy meals for others, yoga, and developing deep, genuine connections.

The one thing I can’t resist is… chocolate.
I’ve always wanted to… enroll in a cooking class in Europe.
My desired super-hero power is… to heal others.
I love traveling to… the beach.
My favorite Jun flavor is… Ginger.