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Inspiring Conversations with Zoey Best of Da Kine’s Kava

Today we’d like to introduce you to Zoey Best.

Hi Zoey, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hi there! I am one of the co-owners of Da Kine’s Kava, Durham’s only non-alcoholic / kava bar. My husband Brent and I settled in my hometown of Durham, NC and started our kava business in late 2018… but our love for kava began many years before. Brent was first introduced to kava while living in the Waianae Mountains of Oahu, where he trained martial arts under the kingdom of Hawaii. He was taught to use kava as a muscle relaxant after tough workouts and as an aid for relaxation and sleep.

Years later Brent introduced me to kava on one of our first dates, when he took me to a kava bar in Wilmington, NC. I loved having the option to drink something other than alcohol, and I loved how the kava made me feel calm and relaxed… but I wasn’t so excited about the earthy taste. Although plenty of people love plain kava, together we realized that kava could reach even more people if there was a wider array of delicious flavors to choose from. Hence, Da Kine’s was born!

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
We started selling our bottled kava supplements at local markets to prove our concept, but we were forced to make some tough changes when the Coronavirus pandemic hit in early 2020. We attempted to shift our store primarily online, shipping nationwide and doing local delivery in our area. This worked for a while, but after a few months we were given a fantastic opportunity to take over a local coffee shop. It was too good of a deal to pass up, so we opened our kava bar in July of 2020 (mid-pandemic). Balancing running a bar without employees, managing safety and sanitation, and getting the word out about our new business during the pandemic was most definitely a challenge!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Da Kine’s Kava?
Da Kine’s Kava is Durham’s premier source of kava and other non-alcoholic drink options. Everything we sell is designed to relieve stress and anxiety without the dangers of other drugs or alcohol. We offer traditional kava like many other kava bars, but we also handcraft our own unique kava cocktails. Most of all, we are super proud of the fact that we have been able to start our kava bar as just a husband and wife team throughout the pandemic.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
Kava has become increasingly popular over the past 20 years, and as more and more people move away from alcohol and are looking for alternatives, we expect the industry will definitely grow.


  • We offer drinks as low as $5
  • Save $1 on each bottled kava drink by buying a 4-pack
  • We offer free shipping on our bottles for orders over $50

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Image Credits
Stacey Sprenz and Zoey Best

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