Hello my fellow readers, this week’s Kava Vines feature Nambawan Kava Bar owned by a 39-year-old entrepreneur from Emae, Marius Firiam. This nakamal is located at Nambatu on the premises of Renold’s Nakamal.
Firiam rented a window at Willie Jimmy’s Nakamal at Tebakor back in 2012 to 2014. He started business at Nambatu last month. Currently, he buys kava from Santo Stone Hill. His supplier usually sends about 500 to 800 kg of kava by boat and when the boats are not operating, he send them on plane.
Starting of the business was quite a challenge, they had to renovate and also there weren’t any customers so he expects the business to operate fully running in several months’ time but surprisingly it took up pace in only weeks. With 30kg of kava, he can make VT40,000 to VT45,000vt in one night. The kava business helps better the life of his children. In less than six months he will be adding to the area a bar next to the pool table for customers to enjoy a beer worth VT200.
Firiam encourages young people that whether big or small business is it’s not about how much you make but how you spend.
Firiam has a business partner Albert Riri from Santo and he looks after the financial side of the business while he looks after the operations of the business. They have only one employee who is in charge of the process of the kava juice. He said it’s a new experience for him.
Kazi Metmetsan from Malekula who rented out window number 2 sells kava from Santo and its white kava which is the demand from his customers. It has been a week and a half and the business is really good.
The business helped him finically and he get to make new friends. He has supported some households with their light bills through the business. He pays the kava from his own salary and with the money he earns from kava, he helps different communities in Port Vila. He bought solar lights for Seven Star. He makes 5kg on Mondays to Thursdays and 10kg on Fridays. Kava sell starts at 4 pm and ends by 7pm .
Alina Esau is also a kava seller at Nambawan Kava Bar. She rented out window number 4. She sells kava from Santo. She is doing the business to help her partner pay the bills, school fees and other needs at home. She makes 5-7kg every day and on busy days she makes 10kg. Her dream is to have her own nakamal one day.
There are five windows on the premises and whilst hanging out with my kava drinkers I ask “why did they choose this nakamal to drink kava?”
This is what they have to say:
Name: Bumble Bee
Comment: I don’t come here much but the kava here is very good. Very clean, the quality of kava is awesome. The first shell when down smooth and the effect of the kava …. Wow. The customer service too is very good, friendly environment. There’s a lot of space to sit and relax for my kava session just the way I like it. No noise from can disturb me. I drink from window number 2.
Comment: Kava here is consistent and its very strong too. I have been here for the past week so I will always come here for kava. Window 2 is the best.
Comment: This is the first time I come here for kava. I’ve been to a lot of kava bars but kava here is clean, the first shell I had was satisfying and that how I like it. Stret wantaem…! Window number 1
Comment: This is the first time coming here at this nakamal. Window number 1 the kava is clean, strong, very good. Come to NABAWAN Kava Bar and taste it for yourself.
Comment: Coming here for kava I am quite impressed with the layout of the nakamal under the leadership of brother Marius with 5 windows and I will say I drunk kava from all 5 windows the quality of kava is excellent, very satisfying and its worth my money.
Comment: Window number 2 fresh kava from santo, the first shell I tell you is good…. Strong and very good. It goes down easy just the way I like it.
Comment: The kava is strong, clean and fresh and am glad to have spend money and its worth it. Well this is my first time here.
Comment: I got an invitation from a friend to come here. The kava is strong, clean and fresh .. its worth spending my money for.
Comment: I am a regular customer at this nakamal. This nakamal is different from others , the kava here is clean, when drinking it is strong. And for those of us that like to drink a lot of kava here, this place has a friendly environment, a Pool Table and good wash mouth. The next day I get up fresh and ready for work as if I didn’t drink kava last night.
Island: South Pentecsot
Comment: Kava at window number 1 just too good. The kava is strong and very fresh. Tuff tumas!
Firiam is a people person, he creates relationship and bond with customers. He is like a connecter because he has friends in the highest class of the society and also Members of Parliament (MP) who sees as a friend, a brother. He can listen to your problem if you have in one way makes you feel better.
So if you want to have a good kava session, go to NAMBAWAN Kava Bar and taste it for yourself. You won’t regret and I promise you it’s worth your money. See you there. Tuff bitim tuff…..!!!
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