5.156 Kava

-Cycle 5, Item 156-
10 (Tue) June 2014



by JR

at James & Karla's home

-Malate, Manila-

with CAL, ME, MP, J+KR, and other colleagues

This is the first post ever dedicated to a beverage.

Kava is a drink.  The root of a kava plant is pounded/ground to extract a starchy liquid, often dried into a powder for storage, which is then mixed with cold water to make the drink.  Containing various active components, kava produces a sedative/anesthetic effect, which is why people drink it.  Otherwise, the taste is harshly bitter, woodsy/earthy, not entirely pleasant, vaguely reminiscent of Korean traditional medicine.   Popular in many island countries across the Pacific.  In Fiji, where it's alternatively referred to as "grog" or "yaqona," the drink is an integral part of the culture.

JR is a big proponent of kava, having learned to drink the stuff while living in Fiji, where it's part of  daily culture.   

When he heard that I'd be traveling to Fiji next month, he was eager to initiate me on kava, so he invited some people over for a kava party.
Carmen with Carmen, Michel with San Miguel (close enough).

Not quite sure what to make of it.  The taste, as advertised, wasn't so great, but manageable.  After one bowl, my tongue had become numb and tingly.  At the time, I hadn't been aware of the potential sedative/anesthetic effects--JR hadn't bothered to explain--so I didn't bother to drink any more.   But now that I know what could happen, I may try two or three bowls next chance I get, maybe in Fiji.

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