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kavamehameha

Magnum's 'awa drinking bird
Me neither. Very interesting.

According to their shop, they sell ethnobotanicals since 2005. Most of their stuff is legal in Europe (e.g. guarana, kanna, mate, passion flower, vermouth), while others are definitely not ([email protected], yopo) or highly debated at the moment (kava). They claim to sell root powder from Vanuatu, Hawaii and Fiji (waka). It's pretty expensive (about 12 euros for 50 g). The whole shop looks a bit strange, not only because they sell crap like [email protected] I would be interested in the quality of their kavas, though... But maybe someone else can check that better!

Edit: They also have an extra online shop for their kavas. Without any further informations, of course.
http://www.kavashop.eu/index.php?route=common/home
 
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Mr G

Kava Curious
I'd recommend check ing with GKE before ordering from them. If they did bulk buy from GKE then some of that Kava will have been lying around for quite a bit. The guys haven't sold Hawaiian for nearly a year?
 

Irish77

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I'd recommend check ing with GKE before ordering from them. If they did bulk buy from GKE then some of that Kava will have been lying around for quite a bit. The guys haven't sold Hawaiian for nearly a year?
Yeah thanks I'll check GKE
 

kavamehameha

Magnum's 'awa drinking bird
I ordered some Fija Waka last month, looking for an alternative supplier for GKE. Seems to be a serious supplier. But they are not specialised to Kava.
That's pretty obvious from their website. If possible, do an acetone test. I'd be interested in the results.
 

Leppek

Newbie
Hi,
I've ordered from them a few months ago (july). Sent them an email, and "Entheo" did answer me, very quickly. I was asking about the kind of kava they were selling, if I could trust them and buy only roots from noble strains.
Entheo assured me it was the case : only roots, no stems or leaves.
I did buy a sample of three kinds and performed and acetone test on the Hawaï and Fiji waka. Both seemed to be either spiked with tudei or of poor quality, as the results were not showing a nice bright yellow color as they should do.

I wrote another email, telling them about my concerns, and asked if they've ever done any kind of test like Dr Lebot acetone test. Here is what he told me :
" vanuatu and hawaii are both noble kinds that we buy since 10 years from small local farms. Our fijii waka or fiji supreme is actually the most expensive kava one can buy. Its micronised and 1.5 times stronger that everything else. We have carefully hand picked,our three kava strains for the best experience there is. I have to admit that I have never heard about the acetone method, but it appears that it just extracts kava parts and is no indicator for quality or nobleness. "

Oh, by the way, hello from France everyone, that was my first post here :)

Max
 

TheKavaSociety

New Zealand
Kava Vendor
I wrote another email, telling them about my concerns, and asked if they've ever done any kind of test like Dr Lebot acetone test. Here is what he told me :
" vanuatu and hawaii are both noble kinds that we buy since 10 years from small local farms. Our fijii waka or fiji supreme is actually the most expensive kava one can buy. Its micronised and 1.5 times stronger that everything else. We have carefully hand picked,our three kava strains for the best experience there is. I have to admit that I have never heard about the acetone method, but it appears that it just extracts kava parts and is no indicator for quality or nobleness. "

Oh, by the way, hello from France everyone, that was my first post here :)

Max
Salut Max,

Sounds like they are full of shit, to be honest. :D
They are sure their kava is noble and "the best" (well, or at least "the most expensive", which might be true ;), but they've never heard of the acetone test and they seem to be thinking that "vanuatu" refers to kava strain.

Salutations De Nouvelle Zélande,
Henry
 

TheKavaSociety

New Zealand
Kava Vendor
This is how they descirbe their Vanuatu kava:

"Thekava-kava plant, has been used by native people from New Guinea to Australia for centuries.The traditional drink, as drunk in the Western Pacific, is brewed from the juice of the roots.

It is mainly consumed as a ceremonial drink at religiousandcultural events andserved as a a calming and balancing agent.The herb is also known to have a strong relieving effect for those experiencing restlessness and anxiety, hence the traditional Indonesian name: KavaKava-The Drink of Peace.

In Hawaii,approximately 30 different varitities of Kava are used by all social classes for medical, religious, political, cultural and social purposes. There kava adopts a role similar to beer,as a drink to be drunk after work to relax and loosen the muscles and mood.
"

Halfo of it is copied from wikipedia, the other half from some kratom forum.
 
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Thanks @Leppek , this confirms my predictions. :)
And welcome to the forum! You can be sure that everyone here knows about the acetone test. ::awesomesmiles::
Yeah, everyone here is packin'. We all have a small Acetone Kit in ourr back pockets and at all times.
It's a warning to unscrupulous vendors, "Be afraid, be very afraid". :eek:
 
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