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For downtown Vancouver’s latest bar, Bula Kava House: It’s about feeling, not flavor

Pacific Island-based tea said to decrease anxiety, induce euphoric sensations

By , Columbian staff writer
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Tsea Nava, kava tender at Bula Kava House, works behind the scenes in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning. The kava bar had its' soft opening Aug. 9, marking Vancouver's first kava bar.
Tsea Nava, kava tender at Bula Kava House, works behind the scenes in downtown Vancouver on Tuesday morning. The kava bar had its' soft opening Aug. 9, marking Vancouver's first kava bar. (Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

Light-brown kava tea swirled around the inside of a coconut shell as kava bar owner Judd Rench explained how to drink the tea in the traditional Hawaiian fashion.

“If you’re with a group, you clap once together in unison once before drinking,” he said, prior to demonstrating. “Then you drink the whole thing at once — though there’s no pressure to finish it all — and when you’re done, clap twice.

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