- How Does Kava Taste?
- How to Make Kava Taste Better
- Introduction: The Quest for Tastier Kava
- Key Questions: Taste and Effects
- Experiment Results: Strains and Taste
- Taste Test: Future Possibilities
- Conclusion: Benefits of Clarified Kava
- Clarified Kava Recipe
- Supplies for Final Straining
- Straining Method
- Alternative: Unflavored Clarified Kava
How Does Kava Taste?
Kava has a unique, earthy flavor that can be challenging for some people to enjoy. It's often described as bitter, peppery, and somewhat astringent. While the taste is an acquired one for many, the effects of kava make it a popular choice for relaxation and stress relief.
How to Make Kava Taste Better
The quest for a tastier kava experience often leads people to experiment with various mixers and preparation methods. But what if we could improve the taste without compromising its effects? This article explores that possibility.
Introduction: The Quest for Tastier Kava
People often struggle with making kava taste good. Most recipes suggest using frozen or highly flavored mixers, often leaning towards creamy and calorie-rich options. I decided to approach this issue from a different angle.
Key Questions: Taste and Effects
- Will removing the brown solids from prepared kava still produce the desired effects? Yes. There is very little loss in effect when the solids are removed.
- Will it improve the taste of kava? Yes, it certainly will.
Experiment Results: Cultivars and Taste
I've experimented with different kava strains like Bir Kar, Kadavu, Dokobana, and Kalai. The effects were slightly diminished but still potent. This is likely because the micronized kava containing kavalactones is removed during clarification. I also performed multiple rewashes, which extended the session's duration.
Taste Test: Future Possibilities
When we did a taste test of the clarified kava, it was unlike any kava drink I've ever had. A very clean taste, not overly pinapple, very balanced kava drink.
Then I had a spoonfull of only those leftover solids that were separated. Very interesting indeed. It had a high pineapple/lime and pepper flavor, with a creamyness that made it quite enjoyable. Could this be a future ingredient for a spread or pudding mixer? It's a possibility worth exploring.
Pros of Clarified Kava
Clarified kava offers a more enjoyable taste experience while maintaining potency. It's also more cost-effective compared to instant or micronized kava.
Cons of Clarified Kava
It certainly takes time to make. So if you're making a batch, a large one would be highly recommended. You can buy large coffee filters online to get the job done. Then you can freeze this batch in ice cube trays. When you're ready to drink, just add 4 to a glass (one serving) and add cold water, juice, or even iced tea.
Clarified Kava Recipe
- - 32g Kava
- - 150ml Milk
- - 150ml Pineapple Juice
- - Squeeze of Lime
- - 300ml Water
- 1. Combine 32g of kava powder with 300ml of water and 150ml of milk in a blender.
- 2. Blend for 4 minutes.
- 3. Strain the liquid into a container, separating it from the powder.
- 4. Add pineapple juice and lime to the mixture. Note: Add the acid to the mix for better clarity.
- 5. Stir and allow milk solids to separate for about 20 minutes.
Supplies Needed for Final Straining
- - Paper coffee filter
- - Metal reusable coffee filter
- - A container that fits the coffee filter without leaking
- 1. Place the filters over your container.
- 2. Pour the liquid into the filters and let it drain slowly. Do not force it through.
- 3. The liquid should be a clear, yellowish color with a nice pineapple-lime flavor.
Alternative: Unflavored Clarified Kava
- Use 200ml milk and 400ml water.
- Follow the same preparation steps.
- Add citric acid powder until the mixture separates.
- Let it stand for 20 minutes.