Why buy kava from Kalm with Kava? Kalm with Kava began in 2010 with a simple mission, to create great tasting and effective kava products to help people relax more naturally. Mike Munsell, the founder and owner has been been drinking kava and researching the history, cultural traditions, science and beneficial properties of the plant for over 16 years. Over the course of 5 years we worked with many different nutritionists, food scientists, and chemists to develop products that meet this goal and eventually our Concentrate and Micronized kava products were born. To this day, it is still an ever evolving process we tweak to bring you the best possible relaxation options available. True Noble Kava ONLY Dr. Vincent Lebot’s extensive research into kava revealed the important differences between Noble and Non-Noble or Tudei (Two Day) Kava varieties. While more research needs to be done, the negative effects of drinking Tudei kava such as next day tiredness and nausea made it an easy decision to to sell and promote only Noble varieties. This may sound pretty straightforward and something everyone selling kava would do unquestionably. Unfortunately that is not the case, due to wide availability and lack of demand for Tudei, the price is very cheap for these varieties so many other vendors choose to sell these instead. Direct, Local Sourcing of Kava From the outset, we knew that sourcing directly from small farms on the Pacific Islands was going to be the only way to acquire the highest quality Noble kava. Traveling to the South Pacific countries of Fiji, Vanuatu, and Tonga enables us to personally sample dozens of different kavas and select the absolute best kava varieties available. We meet the actual farmers and visually inspect the crops and processing techniques and only purchase the freshest, 100% Noble kava. Only the freshest Noble kava makes the cut and into the products in the Kalm with Kava online store. Regular trips the South Pacific allows us to meet and get to know the kava farmers that share our commitment to promoting only Noble Kava. Read about our latest trip in August 2016 to Vanuatu and Fiji. We want our customers to know with confidence that when they buy from Kalm with Kava they are buying incredibly good kava. Giving Back We believe in supporting kava farmers and giving back to South Pacific island communities. Purchasing direct from local farmers and avoiding large distributors helps us to ensure the quality of our kava, and also helps the farmers and villages receive more money when there is no middleman involved. Despite the growth in kava exports, many of the kava growing communities on the islands remain relatively poor with economic and infrastructure challenges which is why we also 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, based on mutual respect and understanding. Customer Education Our vision is to grow a well-informed kava drinking community in the U.S and a safe and healthy market for our 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 publish our own blog. Our Customer Promise When you buy kava from Kalm with Kava you can be confident that you are buying 100% Noble kava that has been quality tested and is vastly superior to anything else available online from a trusted, knowledgeable and responsible kava vendor. We look forward to serving you.