Kratom Bitterness: How to Make Kratom Taste Better

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While Kratom ingestion can offer a wide range of mental and physical benefits, some people find the taste of dried Kratom powder to be somewhat off-putting. While Kratom does not have the most overwhelming taste, it certainly is a unique flavor, so it makes sense that some people would not mind it, while others would find it unpleasant.

To help you have a more enjoyable Kratom experience, we will explain some of the easiest and most effective ways to make Kratom taste better. We will start by explaining what Kratom tastes like when you consume it on its own. From there, we will offer some of the best tips and tricks for masking and improving the taste of Kratom!

What Does Kratom Taste Like on Its Own?

If you have never tried Kratom before, you may have heard others describe the taste as earthy and bitter. The herbal and leafy flavor is almost reminiscent of a strong batch of green tea.

Others believe it tastes like dried grass, which certainly makes sense when you consider what Kratom is. Simply put, Kratom powder is the dried and powdered leaves of a tropical evergreen tree known as Mitragyna speciosa, or, as it is more commonly known, the Kratom plant.

When the leaves reach the appropriate level of maturity, they are plucked from the plant and laid out to dry in the sun. After they are dried, the leaves are ground into a fine powder. The result is the Kratom powder that we are familiar with and consume.

High-quality ethically sourced Kratom has no additives or contaminants, so you are consuming only dried leaves. Now you know why it has such an earthy and bitter taste!

4 Ways to Make Kratom Powder Taste Better

Now that you know what Kratom tastes like and why it tastes the way it does, we can go over some of our favorite ways to improve the taste.

1. Mix Your Kratom Powder with Juice

Kratom with juice

This is one of the most common ways to mask the unpleasant and bitter flavor of Kratom powder. Not only will it make the Kratom taste better, but it is also one of the easiest ways to consume Kratom powder.

Simply add an appropriate dose of Kratom powder to a clean and empty drinking glass. From there, gently pour your preferred juice into the glass. Take a spoon and vigorously mix the powder into the juice until you can no longer see any clumps. From there, drink your Kratom and juice mixture and enjoy the resulting effects.

While just about any fruit or vegetable juice will work, the following are some of the most popular options:

  • Orange juice
  • Apple juice
  • Cranberry juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Grapefruit juice
  • Lemonade

There is a popular belief that consuming Kratom powder with an acidic fruit juice can also help break down the alkaloids within the Kratom, which can help with absorption. So not only can the juice mask the bitter taste of the Kratom, but the juice also has beneficial vitamins, and it can even help your body more effectively absorb the active alkaloids within the Kratom.

This means you could potentially experience the beneficial effects associated with consuming Kratom in a much more pronounced way.

2. Mix Your Kratom Powder into a Healthy Smoothie

Just like your favorite fruit juice can improve the taste of Kratom powder, adding Kratom powder to a fruit-filled smoothie can completely mask the flavor of the Kratom.

If you use healthy ingredients in your smoothie, you combine the mental and physical benefits of taking Kratom with the long and short-term benefits of consuming vitamins and minerals.

Try adding a spoonful of peanut butter to your smoothie, as this works exceptionally well at masking the earthy flavors of pure Kratom powder. If you are looking for a more filling smoothie, flavored whey protein powders can also work incredibly well for hiding the taste of Kratom.

As when mixing Kratom powder with fruit juice, adding acidic whole fruits to your smoothies, like apples, pears, blueberries, pineapples, and peaches, can help mask the flavor of the Kratom. They can also potentially help with the absorption of the alkaloids within the Kratom.

Remember, it is okay to get creative here! If you are using a small dose of Kratom in your smoothie, chances are pretty high that you will not taste it at all.

3. Make Your Own Kratom Tea

Another way to enjoy Kratom, without having to deal with the somewhat unpleasant taste, is to create your own Kratom tea.

While it is possible to purchase ready-made Kratom tea bags, you can make and brew your Kratom tea using any strain of Kratom.

How to Make Your Own Kratom Tea – Directions:

  • Measure out an appropriate dose of your preferred Kratom powder and put it into a container that can handle boiling hot water. A Pyrex measuring cup will work.
  • Pour roughly 8 ounces of boiled water directly onto the Kratom powder.
  • Place a strainer, such as a paper coffee filter or a piece of cheesecloth, over your preferred drinking mug.
  • Slowly pour the Kratom and hot water mixture into your mug by pouring it through your chosen filter. This should separate the Kratom-infused hot water from the Kratom sediment (it is fine if your mug has some of the powder in it).
  • Add your preferred sweetener to the freshly made Kratom tea. Honey, sugar, maple syrup, or calorie-free sweeteners, such as Stevia, Xylitol, and monk fruit syrup, all work well.
  • Add a slice of lemon to the tea. Some will also add a sprinkle of dried cinnamon.

There it is, you have made Kratom tea! Once your homemade Kratom tea has cooled to a drinkable temperature, you can enjoy it straight from the mug. Not only does this method make the Kratom taste better, but it can also be a comforting option during the colder winter months. See more Kratom tea recipes here.

4. Make Your Own Kratom Chocolate

While this is certainly less popular than mixing Kratom into juices, smoothies, and teas, it is a unique way to consume Kratom that is sure to make your Kratom taste much better!

Just like the claims that acidic juices can make it easier for your digestive system to absorb the alkaloids in Kratom, people believe that the antioxidants found in dark chocolate can also interact with the alkaloids in Kratom to make them much easier to absorb.

Whether or not you believe that dark chocolate can enhance the effects of Kratom consumption, there is no denying that it can mask the earthy and bitter taste of Kratom and make it much more enjoyable to consume.

How to Make Your Own Kratom Chocolate – Directions:

  • Start by mixing 2 cups of chocolate chips (dark or milk chocolate) with ½ cup of coconut oil in a medium-sized saucepan.
  • Stir the oil and chocolate chips over low heat and allow the chips to melt and combine with the oil.
  • Once the oil and chocolate have melted and are thoroughly mixed, you can add your measured Kratom powder and stir until it is also completely mixed into the other two ingredients.
  • Add roughly half a cup of sugar or a sugar substitute of your choosing. Make sure you thoroughly mix this in.
  • Pour the mixture into your choice of molds or onto a flat tray if you would prefer a large Kratom chocolate bar. Allow the poured mixture to cool for at least 3 hours.
  • Carefully remove the hardened Kratom chocolate and either store it in the refrigerator or consume an appropriate dose.

While you can certainly get creative with the type of chocolate you use, it is important to keep in mind how much powder you use so that you practice proper dose control. Measure out a responsible amount of dried Kratom powder before you get started. We recommend starting with no more than three doses-worth of Kratom powder.

Once finished, divide the chocolate into exactly three portions. Each portion will represent exactly one dose of Kratom.

Other Ways to Use Kratom Without the Unpleasant Taste

If you do not want to try any of the techniques we discussed above, other options can allow you to enjoy the benefits of Kratom without having to worry about the unpleasant taste.

Kratom Capsules

Kratom capsules

Most Kratom retailers offer pre-filled Kratom capsules, which contain an exact Kratom dosage in a tasteless and convenient capsule. You can also make your own with a bit of effort.

Just as you would with any medication or supplement in capsule form, you simply swallow the capsules with water. You will not have to experience any of the bitter or earthy flavors you typically taste when you consume Kratom as loose powder.

Pre-Made Kratom Tea Bags

If you want a highly convenient way to make Kratom tea, you can purchase pre-made and pre-measured Kratom tea bags. You simply steep them in hot water. Once it has been allowed to brew properly, you can drink your fresh serving of Kratom tea. One such vendor we know that sells Kratom tea bags is Super Speciosa.

Final Words

Just because you find the taste of Kratom powder to be somewhat unpleasant, it does not mean that you cannot enjoy the numerous benefits Kratom consumption can offer.

Follow any of the options outlined above, and you will be able to enjoy Kratom in a much more palatable way!

Written by Daniel Recardo

Founder of Kratom IQ; a self-improvement junkie and Kratom enthusiast. I started this website in 2015 to help people avoid the common pitfalls and mistakes with Mitragyna Speciosa, and ultimately get the most out of this amazing plant. Learn More...

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