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Judd Rench
What Does Science Tell Us About Kava?

What Does Science Tell Us About Kava?

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 as a gift from the gods. That kava remains shrouded in mystery creates even more mystique, adding a little magic to every sip. Of course, science does know a few things about kava. From its effects on the body to how it’s grown, let’s look...

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Judd Rench
Kava Buying 101

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 testing is essential. As a consumer, you need to understand the different varieties so that you know what to expect from your purchase when you buy kava online. There are an estimated 80 different varieties of kava in Vanuatu alone. Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, and the...

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5 Reasons You Should Visit a Kava Bar

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 or just starting your kava journey, coming out to our Portland kava bar offers something for everyone. Let’s look at a few reasons why the next time you knock back a shell of kava, it should be while sitting at our nakamal. You Get to...

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Bula Opening a New Location in Downtown Vancouver

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 Kava Discovery During his late teens and early 20s, Judd traveled extensively, living in both Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. Yet, it was when working in Hawaii as a scuba diving instructor that he first discovered kava. As one of the only places in the...

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