Kava-based anti-energy drink popular in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Times reports: “In Los Angeles, where medical marijuana dispensaries outnumber Starbucks and McDonald's restaurants combined, a mood-altering beverage with a cannabis-oriented marketing campaign is gaining traction.” Mary Jane, popular brand, in fact contains no marijuana, and relies mostly on the South Pacific root called kava. For more, see here.
Japanese siphon or vacuum coffee at the Blue Bottle
Illustrated article shows and explains the $20,000 Japanese siphon or vacuum method of brewing coffee that currently is available in the USA only at the Blue Bottle Coffee Company in San Francisco. For the picture and story, see here. Makes the $11,000 Clover, whose manufacturer recently was purchased by Starbucks, seem cheap!
Pollock, Nancy J. “Kava.” In Kenneth F. Kiple and Kriemhild Conee Ornelas, eds., The Cambridge World History of Food (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 664-671. [History of this nonalcoholic, intoxicating beverage made from the root of the pepper plant commonly consumed in the Pacific basin.]
Power of Kava (article)
Pollock, Nancy J. “The Power of Kava.” Canberra Anthropology 18:1-2 (1995), 1-19.
'Convince Europe to lift kava ban'
Researchers who discovered that kava is a cure for two types of cancer should convince Europe to lift its ban, says Fiji's Agriculture Minister Ilaitia Tuisese.
The Fiji Times reports.
Kava and a cargo cult in the South Pacific
For Smithsonian Magazine, Paul Raffaele describes a "cargo cult" worshiping "the American John Frum" on the remote island of Tanna in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu. His account includes much attention to their use of kava.
d'Abbs, Peter. "The Power of Kava or the Power of Ideas?: Kava Use and Kava Policy in The Northern Territory, Australia." Canberra Anthropology 18:1-2 (1995), 166-183.
Pollock, Nancy J. "The Power of Kava." Canberra Anthropology 18:1-2 (1995), 1-19.
An brief history of kava root, with a few references, can be found here.