Anxiety Relief in a Bag: Finding the Best Kava Strainer

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Kava is the perfect accompaniment to a relaxing night, and preparing it correctly can be a meditative part of the experience. Kava kava is prepared by steeping the root of the kava plant in water and kneading to let the active ingredients flow.   When preparing the best kava in this traditional manner, it’s important…

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Spotlight on Bir Kar, Vanuatu’s Rare “Red” Kava

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As you may know, Judd, owner of Bula Kava House, searches high and low for the highest quality and most unique kavas that the South Pacific and Polynesia has to offer, all with you, our customer, in mind. Today, we’re excited to announce the Bula Kava House debut of Bir Kar – a very rare…

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What Can I Expect at a Kava Bar?

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Thinking about enjoying freshly prepared kava tea at a kava bar for the first time? You’re in for a treat. If you’re new to kava, you might have a lot of questions. Don’t let that stop you—here are our best tips for what to expect at your first visit to a kava bar.    How…

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Warming Kava Recipes for Cold Weather


A perfect cup of freshly prepared kava hits the spot any time of year. But if you’re in the colder climates of the Northern Hemisphere, a warm drink at the end of a chilly day might sound especially inviting.   Kava is a relaxing, social drink for any season. But if you’re looking for a…

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Your Kava Buying Guide

Whether interested in trying kava or are an experienced kava enthusiast, it’s easy to look at the Bula online store and not know what to pick. The kava side effects the mind and body varies depending on the type you drink. Knowing what to expect when consuming a specific strain of kava can make your…

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What Does Science Tell Us About Kava?

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At Bula Kava House, we celebrate all things kava, including the wild and often mysterious origin of our favorite plant. If you read our Bula blog, you know that the origin of kava varies depending on which kava-producing country you visit. In Fiji, kava comes from a father’s sacrifice, while in Vanuatu it was bestowed…

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Kava Buying 101

When you buy kava online from Bula, you can feel confident knowing that we rigorously test every batch of kava that we sell. We do this to protect our customers and the farmers whose kava we purchase. Kava always varies in strength and quality, but it should never present a health risk to anyone, so…

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5 Reasons You Should Visit a Kava Bar

At our Portland kava bar, we love to see the familiar faces of our regular customers. If you’ve only enjoyed kava from the comfort of your home, you’re missing out on the different experiences available to you by visiting a nakamal (the traditional name for a kava bar in Vanuatu). Whether you’re a kava connoisseur…

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Bula Opening a New Location in Downtown Vancouver

When Bula owner Judd Rench first opened his kava bar in Southeast Portland in 2011, he wanted to share his passion for kava with his hometown community in the Pacific Northwest. Now, nearly 11 years later, Judd’s kava journey continues with the expansion of a second Bula Kava House location in downtown Vancouver, WA. Judd’s…

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Exploring New Year’s Traditions in the South Pacific

No matter where you go in the world, everyone loves a good party. And few occasions elicit the type of giddy celebration as New Year’s Eve. Here in the U.S., the countdown to the new year usually involves large crowds of people gathered together eagerly awaiting the stroke of midnight. Whether on the streets of…

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Judd’s Journeys – Kava Traditions From Around the World

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At Bula Kava House, we celebrate the rich kava drinking traditions that take place around the globe. From our Portland kava bar to the nakamals of Vanuatu, Bula’s own Judd Rench has had the opportunity to experience some of the varied traditions that encompass the ceremony that surrounds drinking this sacred beverage. Most kava drinking…

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