The preparations for drinking “stone ground” kava in Lekavatmel Village, Central Pentecost island, Vanuatu.
There are several different ways to prepare kava, many places simply use a Chinese made meat grinder. The grinder is very efficient but lacks any “character”. Stone ground kava is much more labor intensive, makes less kava to drink but the shells served with ground and hand mashed has a different flavor, and a much thicker constancy. This combined with the freshly pulled kava from Pentecost created a great kava high when drunk.