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Kava Culture Santo kava mural

Discussion in 'Kava Lounge' started by verticity, Jul 28, 2019.

  1. verticity

    verticity I'm interested in things

    Cool mural in Santo, Vanuatu, seen on the Yumi Toktok Stret Facebook group.

    kava santo.jpg

    Last edited: Jul 28, 2019
  2. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

    interesting that the price is roughly the same as the Fiji farm gate price for green kava.
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  3. fait

    fait Position 5 Hard Support

    Is Palarasul a common variety grown on Santo?

    That mural is very cool!
  4. kastom_lif

    kastom_lif Kava Enthusiast

    Wasn't long ago, Nawarake was singing 900 vatu, just for a kilo. Praes i ko antap mo ikat fulap mosquito.
  5. kastom_lif

    kastom_lif Kava Enthusiast

    "Kam jekem lo Namba 3."

    That's in Port Vila. Nambatri is a neighborhood on the south end of town.

    Spos yu tingse mi stap kiaman, ale yu yu kam jekem screenshot ia blo Wikimapia: ::vflag:: ::chugger::

    Last edited: Jul 29, 2019
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  6. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

    I understood some of that.
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  8. verticity

    verticity I'm interested in things

    Ah, OK. I guess Santo refers to where the kava they are selling is from not where that building is..
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  9. kastom_lif

    kastom_lif Kava Enthusiast

    I'm sure kava Santo is a hot commodity in Vila.
  10. kastom_lif

    kastom_lif Kava Enthusiast

    Recorded right in Freswota...

  11. SelfBiasResistor

    SelfBiasResistor Persist for Resistance!

    Wow, those prices...
  12. verticity

    verticity I'm interested in things

    1000 vatu is about 9 USD or 19 FJD, right? So for green kava I gather from previous discussions it would take several kg to make 1 kg of dry powder. I think I've seen figures like a ratio of 5/1 green/dry. 5 kg for 5000 vatu would be about 45 USD for 1 kg or powder. Of course for it to to get to overseas consumers there are all kinds of expenses like processing, testing, shipping, distribution plus profit for everyone, etc. so I guess it's roughly consistent with the retail prices we are seeing here of like 90-130 USD/kg.
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  13. nabanga

    nabanga Kava Enthusiast

    Shipping from Vanuatu is very expensive - more so than Fiji or Tonga, so it all adds up (no income tax in Vanuatu, so there is high VAT & duties to compensate).
    1kg of 5 star straight from the Santo factory was 6250vt ($56) last year, so by the time it is shipped, passed through a couple of pairs of hands, been repackaged, and supported someone's business, US retail is probably about right.
    I still remember buying a 50kg sack of fresh green borongoru in Vila for $1/kg so as a commodity it is doing pretty well!

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  14. kasa_balavu

    kasa_balavu Yaqona Dina

    Yup, the margins aren't huge, especially given the risk inherent in international trade. I personally know farmers who've turned down offers from US vendors (who participate on this forum) because they could sell at around the same price to local buyers without all the risks and hassles of handling the logistics and dealing with export and biosecurity procedures.
    The best money is made by farmers and kava bar owners (assuming a large enough customer base and sustainable overheads).