Pacific Roots Kava - Bottled Green Kava

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Pacific Roots Kava - Bottled Green Kava

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Pacific Roots Kava is the world’s first and only bottled Green Kava made from nothing but cold pressed juice from fresh kava roots (never dried!) and pure water. This is how kava is made and consumed in its original birthplace, Vanuatu. One bottle contains the equivalent of apx 200g of fresh, green kava roots and makes two potent servings.

While most people associate kava with dried powders, the practice of drying the roots or preparing kava from dried powders is a relatively recent phenomenon, that was born out of a commercial necessity, rather than any quality considerations. To put it simply, undried, green kava spoils shortly after harvest and must be frozen or consumed immediately to avoid waste. This made it unsuitable for long term storage or transport during the early days of the kava trade. Influenced by the Indo-Fijian practice of drying spices, kava merchants in Fiji resorted to the same method for extending the shelf-life of kava roots. Dried kava is far easier to transport, store and prepare. This makes it ultimately cheaper for those who can’t grow their own kava. It appeals to the widespread Fijian and Polynesian diaspora. The convenience has also made it popular for domestic consumption and these days throughout Fiji, Tonga and Samoa most people consume kava made from dried roots, often not even being aware of the fact that kava used to be consumed fresh within their very communities.

While the process of drying has offered numerous benefits, it also came at a price: it irreversibly reduces potency and deteriorates the taste and aroma of the plant. Those who have tried green kava (e.g. in one of Vanuatu’s famous nakamals) always miss the fresh taste, aroma, smoothness of texture and, above all, the impressive potency of the fresh beverage. The difference between fresh kava juice and dried kava powder is even greater than the difference between fresh and dried versions of any other vegetable or fruit. This is why in Vanuatu, with its abundance of fertile soil, widespread access to countless kava gardens, relatively smaller overseas diaspora and long uninterrupted traditional of drinking kava, green kava is virtually the only form in which local people consume the beverage.

As seasoned travellers to Vanuatu, we’ve been dreaming for years to make green kava available to people living outside the kava-growing regions. Following 2 years of research, we have finally managed to develop a method of bottling and stabilising cold-pressed juice from green kava roots without using any preservatives, nasty chemicals or excessive and aggressive treatments that could destroy its unique flavour and properties. Our state of the art processing methods produce a shelf-stable bottled kava beverage with only 2 ingredients - cold pressed juice from fresh kava roots and water. No need for refrigeration prior to opening and ready to drink.

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