I also hate hearing that Kona Kava isn't an authentic experience. They serve it in a coffee shop in the same building downstairs from my psychiatrist's office. I've had it a few times and I felt ok - a little relaxed, a little more talkative - but nothing too pronounced. The guy who owns the coffee shop says his stuff (Kona) is way better than what they sell at our Kava bar in town. I guess I need to do some more digging for the genuine experience!