At Dalai Sofia, our beverages are the product of our belief that healthy individuals create healthy communities. After our collective decades of work in the service industry, our partners have gained time-tested skills that result in some of the best kombucha and jun one can buy. Our mission together has been to build a sustainable small business that not only supports us and others financially and creatively, but one that helps support a larger network of small businesses, each engaged in rising to their personal best through innovation, teamwork, and resiliency.
Alex Bueno found his home in SC after graduating from The College of Charleston. Aspiring to become one of South Carolina’s first hemp farmers, he founded Little Eden Farms in 2017. Alex has a passion for developing healthy, sustainable products to be shared with his community. He has a knack for business and has been a leading figure for several successful startups and small businesses in the Holy City.
Zach Smith is a Charlotte, NC native and a graduate of The University of Houston. He decided to make Charleston his home after falling in love with it in 2007 after his first visit. Previously exercising his skills as certified sommelier and nationally praised mixologist, Zach now focuses his attention on crafting Dalai Sofia's recipes and leading the production team at Camp Sofia.
Michael Mai teamed up with the Dalai Sofia family in early 2019. He brings a wealth of knowledge in the spirit and beverage world and a resume to back it up. Michael is the former Coffee Program Director for Mercantile & Mash, owner & founder of Arabica Soda, a 2017 Eater Young Guns semi-finalist, and was named as someone to watch in for Zagat’s 2017 30 under 30 list.