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Waka Root from Fiji Fresh

Discussion in 'Fiji Fresh Kava' started by Jerome, Apr 8, 2019.

  1. Jerome

    Jerome Kava Enthusiast

    Anyone tried the whole waka roots from Fiji Fresh?

    I've been off the kava far too long but this looks like a fun product!
  2. fait

    fait Position 5 Hard Support

    The guy at @FijiFreshKava is fortunately reluctant to compromise kava root quality for availability. He was out of kava for multiple months until his latest batch came in and I've heard nothing short of excellent from the roots he currently has and grinds up on demand. The waka is not only good, but the lawena also. If anything, I've heard more about how great his lawena is.

    I have not personally had it unfortunately. I'll need to use up the root I have before I restock. I plan to keep Fiji Fresh on my radar for when I do run low. Others with actual experience will hopefully chime in soon enough if my word isn't good enough. :)
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  3. Zaphod

    Zaphod Kava Enthusiast

    I was about to answer when I noticed you said "whole" kava. I have tried their pounded kava - but not the whole roots. I am kind of surprised they are not cheaper than the pounded root...which is excellent.
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  4. bogmonkey

    bogmonkey Member

    Thanks for putting another vendor on my list...
    we've all dealt with seasonal outages and the "hunt for top qual kava" so you have to bounce from vendor to vendor sometimes..So far, in my stable I have Kava Time, Nakamal At Home, Kavafied, Kalm with Kava, and now Fiji Fresh!
    (My number one favorite is the Gourmet Savusavu Waka from Kava Time, which ships in vacuum-sealed "brick" form and is by far the freshest and tastiest I've ever had!)
  5. FijiFreshKava

    FijiFreshKava www.fijifreshkava.com Kava Vendor

    @Jerome We have whole roots in stock. They're a little more work to prep. You need some good shears to cut them into tiny (< 1cm ) pieces and a coffee grinder or nutribullet to grind them. The potency of the home ground roots tends to be a little less than with our pounding machines, I think, because the pounding creates smaller particles which are easier to extract the lactones from. The home ground roots do have more flavor! Of course, you can also try chewing the roots. I think that is the most efficient way to dissolve the lactones since they're very soluble in saliva.
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  6. Jerome

    Jerome Kava Enthusiast

    Are they impossibly hard to chew?

    I've mentioned this a few times on the forum but Nuka Hiva Trading Company used to sell root bundles that were probably the best Kava experience I have ever had. I miss chewing them!

    Anyone else chew them yet?
  7. FijiFreshKava

    FijiFreshKava www.fijifreshkava.com Kava Vendor

    The Lewena chips are too big and tough but the waka are (mostly) smaller roots and are easy to chew. The taste is different than when mixing with water and it is more numbing to the mouth.
    Last edited: May 1, 2019
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  8. Jerome

    Jerome Kava Enthusiast

    One more question if you don't mind. The product is being described as "waka root". Does it include the stump or is it just the waka?

    I'm not even really sure I understand the difference but I thought it had something to do with root vs stump?

    Thank you!
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  9. FijiFreshKava

    FijiFreshKava www.fijifreshkava.com Kava Vendor

    The stump is the lewena. Waka only includes the below ground part of the kava plant.

    Waka is what you see on the home page of my web site. www.fijifreshkava.com
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  10. Jerome

    Jerome Kava Enthusiast

    Oh I see! I didn't realize you also sold lawena chips.

    I will order some waka now. I'm looking forward to chewing some waka!
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  11. FijiFreshKava

    FijiFreshKava www.fijifreshkava.com Kava Vendor

    My profile picture here is actually a stack of Lewena chips. (I was having some fun one weekend in Santa Barbara taking pictures of Kava roots on the beach. I’m sure people walking by thought I was crazy.)
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  12. bogmonkey

    bogmonkey Member

    Oh man - I am intrigued. I don't mind the taste of kava so this would probably be easy to adapt to.
    Thanks for the post! I'll add this to my "things to try" folder
  13. Blue Roads

    Blue Roads Kava Enthusiast

    I am so there. Ordering up some root now. How much do I have to chew to feel the effects?
  14. ThePiper

    ThePiper Kava Enthusiast

    In my experience chewing kava is much more stimulating and less relaxing. Could be been the type though. Mind you this wasn't fijifresh product, though it was Fijian.
  15. Jerome

    Jerome Kava Enthusiast

    I love chewing kava. I feel like you don't waste any of the product that way.

    As far as dosing goes I wouldn't know. But it does kick in quick.

    If you chew the dried roots, you wind up with a ball of "makas" in your mouth when the softer tissue is gone.

    I ordered some of their whole root. Can't wait to give it a try!
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  16. Palmetto

    Palmetto Thank God!

    I have some roots I grew myself, and they make you hyper alert. It's a pretty cool feeling, to me at least. Very different from most powder. I didn't wash it incredibly well and certainly didn't remove any bark, because they were hair roots.
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  17. Jerome

    Jerome Kava Enthusiast

    That sounds wonderful!
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  18. Zaphod

    Zaphod Kava Enthusiast

    I found the same thing - with the same bag of kava. Some vendors don't grind quite as finely as others leaving what I call "small fun nuggets". I usually just toss in my mouth and start chewing, or place under my tonque or between lip and teeth. I find them to be much more stimulating and quick acting then making up a traditional prep with the same kava.
  19. Blue Roads

    Blue Roads Kava Enthusiast

    I am yet again thankful for this forum and community, and to @Jerome for starting this thread. I ordered a bag of both and am loving them. Subtle effect from chewing the roots, more noticeable body effect from chewing the lewena chips, and the ginger chews are really good!

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