2. Select the Kava That's Best for You
First select whether you want a heady, heavy or balanced kava.
Heady kavas make you feel happier, more energetic and possibly euphoric. They are ideal for drinking during the day as they boost your mood and make you more sociable. Try our Tongan Pouni Ono or Samoa Ava kavas.
Heavy Kavas relax your muscles and body as well as your mind. They can make you feel tired, even sleepy and are best for drinking in the evening. Our heavy varieties are Borongoru and Melomelo from Vanuatu and Fijian Vula Waka.
Our product descriptions tell you whether the variety is heady, heavy or balanced and what that variety is best for. To make it super easy to choose what kava to buy, we’ve also developed a Quick Selection tool. Answer a few questions and get recommendations for the product type and variety of kava to suit your needs.
4. Find a Reputable Online Kava Vendor
When you are buying kava for the first time, we recommend you go to an online supplier with a strong, established reputation. Do your research into kava vendors before purchasing. Learn about how they source kava and read the customer testimonials and reviews of their products.
Look for a vendor whose focus is on the quality of their products and not simply the lowest price. Ultimately, the benefits you derive from drinking kava will be directly related to the quality of the kava you buy. This will vary by vendor. As with anything, you get what you pay for and quality comes at a price.
If you buy the lowest priced product you could run the risk of inadvertently purchasing and drinking a kava that includes Tudei kava. Unfortunately, Tudei varieties still make their way into a high percentage of kava sold in the U.S. Or you might end up buying a cheap kava that is old and has been sitting in warehouses for months or years degrading in strength. These products won’t bring you the positive benefits you’re looking for.
Visit a Kava Bar Near You
Another way to buy and try kava for the first time is to find and visit your nearest kava bar. When you’ve tried and experienced kava in a fun, social environment, and got a taste for both kava and the kava culture, we’re sure you’ll want to shop online and buy some to drink at home.