From Pentecost Island, Melo Melo is considered one of the premium Vanuatu noble kava varieties. It’s subtle flavour (not as strong to taste) and smooth affect is highly sought after. As the name says the effect of this kava is a very mellow one, with seasoned kava drinkers loving the euphoric and sociable buzz.
For those wanting to experiment with kava, i.e., making kava cocktails, it is ideal as the normally strong kava taste is dialled down. For those wanting to simply put away a few shells of kava in the afternoon, its less peppery taste is ideal as well.
Melo Melo kava is smaller than most noble variety kava plants, but the yield time is about the same. This meant for many years it was always difficult to source as a lot of farmers preferred growing the Borogu variety as they get more bang for their buck. However, over the past 10 years the US market has really taken to Melo Melo. This export demand is now so high that kava growers on Pentecost are planting half their crops with Melo Melo. This is a massive win for kava connoisseurs as it means this premium noble variety is now available in abundance!
If you are considering our Melo Melo kava, we can highly recommend also purchasing a speicalised kava straining bag. They will help maximise your brew strength when you make kava, plus you don’t have to keep raiding your wife’s panty hose collection!
For those of you who are interested in kava, its history and general ethnobotany, we can highly recommend reading “Kava: The Pacific Elixir. The definitive guide to its Ethnobotany, History and Chemistry”.
I'm buying Melo Melo for the third time here. It is definitely my favorite so far after trying some other kavas. I will probably try Kelai sooner or later, but 70g of Melo Melo to 700mL of warm water is where it's at for me. I tried 40g then 60g but found 70g to be the right amount. Also, I'm relatively new to kava, so I struggled with its taste until I found a slice of fresh grapefruit chasing kava shell working beautifully. The bitterness of grapefruit masks kava taste really well.
Thanks for the review G - We just got in out latest batch of Melo Melo and it doesn't disappoint!
Don't let this light coloured, mild tasting grog deceive you, she packs a heady punch :). I am designating Melo Melo as my lazy Sunday afternoon kava.
Thanks Lyla - yes the MM is deceiving to the eye, but brings the heady !
If you're looking for a nice upfront buzz which goes into a mind & slight body relaxant, then definitely try this kava.
I decided to take a punt on 250g of the Melo Melo from Australia Kava shop based on positive reviews by other kava users in Kava Lounge forums.
My preparation was 40g to 500mL of warm water (45C) - hand prepared for 10 minutes.
In terms of initial taste, it has a very mild taste - I was concerned on the potency as other kavas usually kick the teeth out of my mouth. Also, the package recommends 1kg to 4L - which seemed too little water, but I know Vanuatu kava is meant to be served strong.
After about 15-20 minutes, I definitely started to feel a nice subdued europhia. I had another 2 shells 20 minutes apart which kept the buzz going.
After the 3 shells I had a decent fatty meal, and this kicked the experience into overdrive. I was very glad to be sitting on the couch because this made me go from euphoria to chill and have a very pleasant 'couch lock'.
I'll probably look to buy this product again in 1kg.