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.

Posted by David Fahey on December 29, 2009 at 08:26 AM in Kava | Permalink

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!

Posted by David Fahey on April 4, 2008 at 10:04 AM in Coffee, Japan, Kava, United States | Permalink

Kava (reference)

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.]

Posted by Jon on July 24, 2006 at 07:12 AM in Kava | Permalink

Power of Kava (article)

Pollock, Nancy J. “The Power of Kava.” Canberra Anthropology 18:1-2 (1995), 1-19.

Posted by Jon on June 14, 2006 at 09:37 AM in Kava | Permalink

'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.

Posted by Cynthia on February 21, 2006 at 01:35 PM in Fiji, Kava | Permalink

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.

Posted by Jon on February 10, 2006 at 12:43 PM in Kava, Vanuatu | Permalink

Australian 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.

Posted by Jon on March 14, 2005 at 04:18 PM in Australia, Kava | Permalink

Kava (article)

Pollock, Nancy J. "The Power of Kava." Canberra Anthropology 18:1-2 (1995), 1-19.

Posted by Jon on March 14, 2005 at 04:05 PM in Kava | Permalink


An brief history of kava root, with a few references, can be found here.

Posted by Jon on March 14, 2005 at 03:54 PM in Fiji, French Polynesia, Kava, Micronesia, Samoa, Tonga | Permalink