Kelai Kava Single Cultivar | Epi Island Vanuatu
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Kelai Kava Single Cultivar | Epi Island Vanuatu

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Batch: 3


Tasting Notes: Very Heady - Very Potent - Little Stimulation if Any

A nice dark brown powder and a clean smell with little a earth. When prepared, the liquid is lighter than the color. It tastes very slightly earthy with hints of bananna. 

The effects took about 40 minutes to kick in, but wow they were a whopper! Everything is in the head. No stimulation what so ever. No anxiety inducing effects that some heady kavas are known for. The effects lasted about 3 hours. This is a very special kava indeed!

Everyone's tolerance is different. Because of reverse tolerance, I may have a faster, lasting experience. We can have different experiences! Please let us know how it worked for you. So if it hasn't worked for you yet, try it again. If you have any questions at all, please reach out on our Instagram or Facebook page.

About this Kava:

Kelai is a very rare cultivar outside of Vanuatu. Grown on the island of Epi, this single cultivar is prized for it's almost instant uplifting, euphoric feeling. It's almost hoarded locally so little of it is exported. 

We sourced this 100% Noble lateral and basal root mix (70%/30%) kava from the island of Epi in Vanuatu. This high quality, single cultivar, noble Kava is selected from the Kelai variety that have been grown on the island of Epi. 

Kelai has been purposefully cultivated for centuries to both concentrate the kavain and increasing the desirable effects.

Noble Lateral Root Kava powder, is derived from the smaller roots that extend from the main root-stock. These roots are higher in Kavalactones.

The basil root or stump is the root ball base of the kava plant peeled and cut into chips before pounding. This typically has a different chemotype than the lateral roots, is milder in kavalactons and more creamy in texture. 



About the Farmer:

We source this kava from a middleman in Vanuatu. Middlemen Are vital to the supply chain in all of the South Pacific Islands. Many times the best quality kava comes from a community deep in the jungle or on an island that takes 12 hours to get to. These middlemen create relationships with these farmers. The farming communities our vendor sources from tend to not have very much technology at all and live a very different life than we do. Most or all of the income they receive in the year comes from the sale of this kava. We connected with this specific middleman because they have 1. Cultivated relationships with people that provide the absolute best quality kava available in Vanuatu (not even kidding here). 2. They make it a point to pay the farmers a fair price for their kava. Undercutting people doing hard work for a great product is just not in their playbook and we want to be a part of that team. We hope you do too!

Our vendor selects the best kava from farmers in  Central and Southern parts of the island. 


Made as single serving: 50g in 20oz water. Blended for 4 min, strained. 

Made by the gallon: 100 to 130g. 1 gallon of room temperature water in a large bowl, bucket or a traditional tanoa bowl. Add water to the vessel. Add kava to a nut bag or cheese cloth and dip the bag into the water. Massage for about 15 to 20 minutes or until you've reached your desired potency. This will yield a much weaker kava for the purpose of sharing multiple cups with friends in longer sessions. Serve in coconut shells, glasses or store in a gallon jug chilled. Shake jug before serving. 

Note: Add 20% of the gallon of water or 4oz in your single serving of 20oz as coconut milk for a tastier end result.

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
It works!!

I really enjoy this Kava. It is a nice way to wind down before bed. The taste is something to get used to but it's not horrible. I justbwish there was an easier was to make it without all the mess. I guess that comes with experience though.

Joey Papa
My favorite so far!

Although I’m new to kava, I have tried at least six or seven and this one is by far my favorite. Like the description says it’s very heady, helps me socialize and reduces my anxiety. It’s my new nightly routine ❤️😀🤘🏽

Thank you so much for the kind words Joey! Glad you're loving the kava and it's working well for you ❤️

John V

Fantastic! Light colored and great tasting (for kava lol). But OMG it is crazy good! Strong and heady, just incredible. You won’t be disappointed! (Batch 2)

Oh and I love the fact that Zac performs and publishes lab tests by a third party! Makes me very confident. And shipping was very fast. Looking forward to ordering more!

Thank you so much for the kind words John! So glad you love the kava! - Zac H.

Kyle Wyatt
Perfect anytime

I took the kelai to an event where most had alcohol, and it was perfect for socializing. Also tried at home and it was equally suited for chill mode at home without couch lock.

Michael Crespo

Kelai Kava Single Cultivar | Epi Island Vanuatu

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What Our Customers Say

63 reviews
Great kava

This kava tasted great. Smooth finish and strong effect.

Bir Kar lateral roots

the last kava I had labeled Lateral Root was the temo, and it was extremely potent and just great overall

I went into the Bir Kar lateral root with high expectations.

As I noticed with the temo lateral roots, the bir kar was also a more coarse grind than usual for kava, requiring more effort, squeezing the bag in water, to get the good stuff out.

i tried it the normal way I'd usually do it, kneaded under water for about 10 minutes, or until the powder starts to feel sandy, instead of soapy.

The effects are hard to notice, i guess there's some anxiety relief, it's a little bit relaxing, but almost like it's not even the same thing as the temo, which blowed me away.

i had had an older batch of the regular Bir Kar from here, and i recall it being better than this.

So i put it in the spice grinder, made it finer, and gave it another try the following night.

same thing, very weak, i use a giant ball of kava to get mild effects.

This is saying nothing about the quality of ArtofKava as a vendor. They are easily my favorite source for Kava, and I absolutely adore the temo and kelai in particular, but this bir kar lateral roots disappointed me.

cant win every time. Going to pre-order some kelai right now

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Rebekah Wright
Interesting from a first timer

The flavor is a bit hard to get used to. Once I managed to get past reverse tolerance it was fun. But I used up a lot before I got there. Also instructions are to blend 4 TBS with 20 oz water but on the reverse of
The package it states a servings size as 3 TBS. did I do it wrong?

So glad you had fun with it! You didn't do it wrong. The serving size is a guideline. The directions are to make it a bit stronger than a serving. Then you can adjust up or down from there. It's your personal preference as to how much your normal serving is with each session.