The Kalm with Kava Story
Kalm with Kava began in 2010 with a simple mission, to create great tasting and effective Noble kava products to help people relax more naturally.
Mike Munsell, founder and owner of Kalm with Kava has been drinking kava and researching the history, cultural traditions, science and beneficial properties of the plant for over 16 years.
We worked with nutritionists, food scientists, and chemists using kava root and kava extract to develop innovative products like our easy to prepare Micronized Instant Kava and flavorful premium Kava concentrates.
Our ongoing goal is to bring you premium kava products for a natural mind and body relaxation.
Direct, Local Sourcing of Fresh Kava
From the outset, we committed to sourcing directly from small Pacific Island farms to ensure we secured the freshest and highest quality Noble kava.
We frequently travel to Fiji, Vanuatu, and Tonga to personally sample dozens of different premium kavas and select the best varieties available. We meet the local farmers and visually inspect the crops and processing techniques. We only select the freshest 100% Noble kava to sell in the Kalm with Kava shop. Read about our trips to Vanuatu and Fiji.
On our trips, we also look for new kava varieties to include in our Limited Special Edition Kava Series.
We believe in supporting kava farmers and their communities.
Purchasing direct from local farmers and avoiding large distributors helps us to ensure the quality of our kava products, and the absence of a middleman means that the farmers and villages receive more money too. Despite the growth in kava exports, many kava-growing communities in the Pacific islands are still relatively poor with both economic and infrastructure challenges. We find ways to give back to these communities. Learn more.
Our fair trade and community approach means we have always worked to build both strong, business partnerships and personal friendships with our suppliers and their local villages. Our business model is based on mutual respect and understanding.
Our vision is to grow a well-informed kava drinking community in the US and a safe and healthy market for our premium kava products. We are a certified member and vendor of True Kava Labs and frequent contributor to online communities including kava forums that shares and promotes the latest information on kava, helping to educate consumers. We also seek to educate customers in our own articles on the Kalm with Kava blog.