These are the requirements:
- ● Crushed leaf kratom measured as ½ ounce
- ● Two litres of water for double one-litre brewing cycle
- ● Lemon juice (this is optional)
- ● A stovetop coffee machine
- ● Another basin (2 qt. jug), to mix the two brew cycles together.
Note: some prefer the use kratom powder but personally, I rather don’t use it because it tends to give me a kratom tea that is muddy.
So This Is How The Process Unfolds:
Put the kratom in the coffee pot basket.
Then, add a litre of water from the basket into the coffee pot prior to placing the top strainer on it to enable the kratom leaves to damp down.
I usually check to make sure that the kratom is well distributed in the basket after I have poured it.
For some people, the addition of about 25 % of lemon juice in the water helps in the extraction of alkaloids from the kratom leaf.
The use of lemon juice, however, is up to you.
When the water is heated up, it starts percolating.
Here, you can start your timing and allow the kratom tea to brew for a minimum of 15 minutes.
I would usually prefer it for much longer; say 20 to 25 minutes as I get more of the taste I like.
Maintain a very low flame.
When on a hard boil the kratom tea could taste terrible.
On completion of the first brew, the kratom leave should still be left in the basket.
For extraction of more liquid, it can be pressed with a tablespoon, but it is not mandatory.
The brew can be transferred to a 2 qt. jug.
Then, pour the 2nd litre of clean water (with lemon too if preferred) through the kratom in the basket.
Brew again just like the first time for another minimum of 15 minutes or further.
You would have observed that the second brewing made a lighter tea.
This is because the entire good things from the kratom leaves have been extracted and exhausted.
At this point, the leaves can be discarded.
Some people would rather prefer to eat them.
The first and the second brew can be mixed together in the 2 qt. jug for it cool.
Sometimes others might boil the mixture a little further for a stronger tea.
However, I don’t find it necessary.
Some usually work towards benefiting from both worlds from the onset.
After brewing the tea they eat the left over powder or leaves along with the tea.
This enables them to enjoy the rapid mood enhancement together with pain alleviation and sedative benefits.
This benefit is usually within the hour due to the speed of its digestion.
Some may see this technique as complicated, but it is preferred by many others.
When it has cooled, I transfer the kratom tea into well cleaned iced tea plastic bottles.
I keep it refrigerated to use for few days and keep the ones to use later frozen.
When kratom teas are refrigerated, they can last for up to 5 days.
It is still okay if it is kept for much longer, but in order to play safe, it is better to avoid drinking it after the 5th day.
If frozen, it will go for months.
To brew larger or smaller amounts of kratom tea you can go through the same preparation technique.
You will probably only need to adjust the volume of water that you will use.
For sure, when using kratom in combination with ordinary tea it is fine and has no risk to it.
Some people too, have used it in combination with tea made out of red poppy flowers.
The tea itself creates a narcotic effect, though mild.
Kratom has also been combined with a tea made out of blue lotus which is also a sedative euphoriant.
Working On the Bitter Flavor
I have already mentioned my distaste of the bitter alkaline aftertaste of the kratom tea.
Though I have not worked on improving the bitter flavour and the after taste, there are ways to mask them.
Adding about a ½ teaspoon of flavouring extract found in the market for every 16 ounce does help improve the taste of the tea.
Peppermint, spearmint, peach, and raspberry are some of the flavourings I prefer and they are quite effective in masking the bitter taste.
A few spoons of Stevia, Splenda or sugar can also be added to it.
One way I like to drink my tea is it being cold (iced) to avoid the numbing sensation it creates in the mouth.
I normally use a straw as it helps me to avoid the old flavour buds.
There Are Still Other Options
Have you thought of capsules?
I would go for it because it disguises the bitter taste.
Tossing and washing is yet another option.
With your spoon, you can make a scoop of the powder and place it in your mouth closer to the throat.
You can then take a sip of any liquid of your choice, mix and wash the substance, and then have a swallow.
I would suggest an orange juice but some find the use of grape fruit beneficial as there is a reaction to the acids in the juice.
Although it might be hard to believe, the tossing and washing can sometimes leave only little after taste compared to the tea.
However, once in a while it comes with the problem of the kratom getting stuck in the throat.
This experience can be unpleasant.
For the tossing and washing, I have only tried using it with kratom powder.
I would not bother to try swallowing crushed kratom leaves.
So there we go.
You can try your preferred option now you know of simpler and gentler ways in which kratom can be used.