Kratom tea is one of the most popular ways to enjoy your dose. Despite the unmistakable fact the taste is an ‘acquired’ one, there are ways to make it much more bearable! Those who regularly take herbal teas do tend to find straight up tea easier to drink than those who have a sweeter palate. But fear not, there are ways to integrate the quality of the kratom into other tea beverages without compromising on quality. In this article, we’ll start off with how to make the perfect brew, and then discuss a couple of popular alternatives for the benefit of anyone who really needs to mask the earthy taste!
Classic Kratom Tea
Before we begin, it is worth mentioning that there are slightly diminished analgesic effects when brewing a kratom tea. However, many people find that this is the most effective method for medicinal/pain control purposes, and even argue that it reduces the occasional side effect as well. Here’s a quick step by step guide to making a great tea – which as we shall shortly see can be adapted to make it tastier.
1) Preparing your tea is absolutely crucial yet reassuringly simple. Simply take your dose and apply to around 10oz of cold water and allow it to settle for about 10 minutes. Then slowly bring it up to a gentle simmer for around the same time. What many people forget/ignore is the importance of adding a squeeze of citrus (lemon/lime) to help the water absorb alkaloids from the kratom. Doing this makes the basic taste a little less bitter while increasing potency.
2) Straining is optional. Some prefer to just to leave the sediment in the pot. This will, undoubtedly, help with maintaining as strong a cup as possible but will inevitably be quite bitter. If straining is the order of the day, a classic tea strainer is ideal or it can be strained into a cup via a tea cloth. The former is by far the easiest and least messy!
As a note here regarding water volume. You if the objective is just to ‘get it over with’ use much less water and have a kratom espresso. It will be sharp, concentrated and maybe have a glass of juice or similar close to hand.
Using chai with kratom tea is a very good way of helping to make the pot actually taste pretty good! Powered leaf or even a bag of strong chai will add fragrant spicinesses, such as cardamon and star anise. Once brewed, strain and add a half cup of milk/cream, sugar/honey to taste. Gently reheat to a simmer and serve.
For those who may have a tighter schedule to run, the pump flavorings that are found in every coffee shop under the sun are surprisingly effective. A couple of dollops of a strong, sweet flavor will go some distance in making the cup far less bitter/pungent. This can be applied either right to the pot when brewing, or after straining.
Whichever method you choose, enjoy a quality cup of kratom tea!