know what you drink
"The man who drinks kava is still a man, but the man who drinks liquors becomes a beast."
(Traditional Hawaiian proverb)
Kava is available from many sources, but often retailers have little knowledge of their product. They buy from wholesale distributors who simply sell "kava", with scarcely any information about its true source, cultivar, purity, or characteristics. In addition to kava root, these vendors frequently offer extracts, tinctures, capsules, and other kava products that bear no relation to safe, traditional kava use. Many times these products are made using two day cultivars, a type of kava known for its negative effects, rather than the pure noble kava that has been safely used in the South Pacific for over 3000 years.
Unfortunately, FDA requirements make no distinction between noble and two day kava, and merely specify that as a dietary supplement kava must be positively identified as Piper methysticum and be free from contaminants. Many vendors do not meet even these simple requirements, and fewer still are able to assure their customers that they will receive truly noble kava.
True Kava Certified Vendors sell noble kava only, of a quality and cultivar suitable for regular consumption. Every individual batch of kava sold by these vendors has been tested by T.K. Group labs, using methods approved by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention and leading kava experts.
Gourmet Hawaiian Kava: Owned and operated by veteran kava farmer Chris Allen, this is the number one source of US grown noble kava. With over twenty years of experience in identifying, cultivating, and processing kava, Chris offers a truly noble product that is consistently of the highest quality. Every aspect of his kava production receives his personal attention, from cultivar selection to final packaging. Chris offers a large selection of traditional Hawaiian cultivars, and is heavily involved in research and preservation of this Hawaiian heritage.
Kalm with Kava: Mike Munsell is the inventor of "Kalm with Kava", a ready to drink kava product made with pure noble kava. Through personal visits to Vanuatu and much careful negotiation, Mike has recently added ground kava root to his product line. Mike takes great pride in offering only noble kava, testing and certifying each small batch to ensure utmost quality.
The Kava Boutique: A subsidiary of the Kava Society of New Zealand, this shop offers quick and hassle-free shipment of top quality, noble kavas from Hawaii and other parts of the Pacific directly from Auckland to all of New Zealand.
MeloMelo Kava Bar: Recently opened in Berkeley CA, owned and operated by Rami, Nico, and Anneliese. These veteran kava drinkers understand their product and are dedicated not only to maintaining its 3000 year history of safe and responsible use, but also to expanding that tradition to fit the lifestyles of the American public. With respect for the honorable image of kava and an intimate knowledge of its proper use, this fine establishment stands as a model of what an American kava bar should be.
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