How Kava Works - An illustrated guide on how Kava goes from plant to shell

February 06, 2018 2 Comments

How Kava Works - An illustrated guide on how Kava goes from plant to shell

8 STEPS FROM KAVA PLANT TO SHELL!

Every kavalactone in your relaxing shell of kava has traveled a great distance to ease the stresses of your day.  Here’s the life cycle of a typical shell of kava:

1) Growing

There are over 100 different varieties of Kava that have been hand selected by farmers over the last 3,000 years.  Kava doesn’t reproduce naturally so every new plant must be cultivated using the stems of existing plants.  Growing Kava

2) Harvesting

The average yield of green rootstock is 10-20 kg per plant. Some roots can measure over 6ft in length and require multiple people to harvest.Harvesting Kava

3) Processing

Fresh kava roots are carefully washed to remove soil particles without damaging the root.  The roots are then cut and sorted into smaller pieces before sun drying for a few days.  Processing Kava

4) Shipping

Kava root chips are typically shipped in breathable polypropolene woven bags.  These bags allow the kava to continue to dry while in transit.  Shipping Kava

5) Milling

Dried kava roots are ground into a fine powder by machine or hand.Milling Kava

6) Packaging

Kava root powder can be stored for years in dark, dry, and airtight bags.Kava Packaging 

7) Brewing

Kavalactones are not water soluable and must be forced from the kava root during the brewing process.  Here are the most common methods of making Kava: Blender, Kneading, and AluBall Kava Maker.Kava Brewing

8) Drinking

Now that you know the long journey kava took to get to your shell, you can enjoy this sacred root even more. Bula!Drinking Kava

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2 Responses

Sonny Chiba
Sonny Chiba

February 11, 2018

This is a good representation of the production of kava, thanks for sharing it but the only thing wrong is that the kava should be dried fully before shipping it. If not then it can mold. In Fiji they leave the kava wet to get more money because of the added weight. I guess Tongans are doing the same thing now.
Too bad. :(

Randall Gribbin
Randall Gribbin

February 08, 2018

Thanks. This is very interesting and helps me appreciate the process.

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