What is KAVA?
Kava comes from the root of a pepper plant called Kava Kava and is most commonly consumed as a drink. It grows naturally and is cultivated in the South Pacific Islands such as Fiji, Vanuatu, Solomon, Samoa, and Papua New Guinea. For over 3,000 years the indigenous tribes of these islands have been preparing the root into a ceremonial and recreational drink by grinding the root down to a powder and mixing it with water.
Kava tastes very earthy, and as a result its drank for its effects, not for its taste. Because of this flavor, Speakeasy Kava has created a number of “kavatini’s” to disguise kava’s taste and thus provide an enjoyable drinking experience for all.
Kava is relaxing, a mood enhancer, and is naturally anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial. It's also been known to help those who suffer from insomnia and anxiety, however, there is no hard scientific research proving those claims (only user claims, just ask the teatender or any other regular kava drinker around).
Kava should not be mixed with alcohol consumption on the same day and is not recommended for women who are currently pregnant or nursing. Kava also has a "Reverse Tolerance" which means, unlike most things, you don't "build" a tolerance to it, but your tolerance starts high and the more often you drink Kava, the lower your tolerance will drop.
On the island of Fiji, where most of Speakeasy Kava's kava comes from, the islanders mainly drink kava as a group to celebrate anything from a marriage to a nice Tuesday. Here at Speakeasy Kava, we keep the Fijian tradition alive by drinking as a group. Lead by the teatenders, everyone who wants one gets a "shell" of kava, raises it in the air and shouts "BULA!" which is a Fijian word that means many things from long life and good health, to welcome and good vibes.
If you have any questions about this wonderful thing called kava, don't be shy --ask your teatenders!
What is KRATOM?
Kratom is typically made as a tea brewed from the leaves of the Kratom tree which is native to Southeast Asia and countries like Indonesia and Thailand.
As legend has it, for the last 4,000 years or so workers in Southeast Asia while on their walk to work in the morning would take a leaf from the Kratom tree, pop it in their mouth and chew it. Since Kratom is a member of the coffee family, it would give them a caffeine-free all-natural energy boost to start their day. On the way home from work after working all day in the sun, they would collect many leaves from the tree and upon returning home they'd brew those leaves into a strong tea. Kratom is typically stimulating in small doses and sedative and pain relieving in large doses.
Over the last few thousand years with advancements in agriculture and science, we have learned that depending on factors including soil type, climate, and maturity, Kratom can provide a wide range of effects from being relaxing, pain relieving, stimulating, or euphoric.
Here at Speakeasy Kava, we serve four different strains of Kratom, all brewed into hot or cold tea form.
-White Vein Kratom is very stimulating and its great before work or with a tedious task you're not looking forward to.
-Green Vein Kratom is a lovely mix of energy, pain relief, and euphoria. Green is our most popular strain!
-Red Vein Kratom is typically relaxing and is known for being the most effective strain for pain relief.
-The Gatsby is a triple strain blend of all three. It includes pineapple and grapefruit juice in the brewing process to increase its potency as well as give the tea a more palatable flavor.
-At Speakeasy Kava we also brew loose leaf hot kratom tea! Brewed with loose leaves instead of the much more common leaf powder, Speakeasy Kava's hot kratom tea is a tasty alternative to a cold tea. Ask your teatenders which strains we have percolating today!
If you have any other questions your teatenders will be happy to answer them!
Please note: Kratom has not been evaluated by the FDA. We make no claims that kratom cures, prevents, or treats any disease or ailment.
Due to kratom’s unique alkaloid profile, a number of benefits have been identified by users:
- Pain relief
- Opiate withdrawal relief
- Opiate maintenance /transitional substance
- Energy Promotion
- Anxiolytic (Anti-Anxiety)
- Depression Relief
- Insomnia Relief
- Immune System Stimulation
- Nootropic (Cognition Enhancing)
- Lowers blood sugar
- Anxiety relief
We offer a wide range of loose leaf teas!
Below is a list of botanicals offered at Speakeasy Kava, simply scroll over the term to find out its beneficial attributes.
- Anise oil/ Anise
- Blue Lotus
- Cinnamon oil/ Cinnamon
- Elderberry oil/ Elderberry
- Ginger oil/ Ginger
- Gotu Kola
- Holy basil oil/ Holy basil
- Kava Kava
- Lapsang souchong
- Peppermint oil/ Peppermint
- Red Rooibos
- Vanilla oil/ Vanilla
- White Willow
- Yerba Mate