About


Opened in November 2009, Bula Kafe is Saint Petersburg’s original kava bar and coffee house. With its roots planted in North America’s first kava bar, Nakava, Bula Kafe opened with years of experience in the kava bar industry into a market devoid of kava bars.


Bula Kafe offers the finest of kava drinks, coffee from the local Kahwa, and quality ethnobotanical teas. Most of kava comes from the islands of Vanautu where it is believed kava first originated. Bula Kafe ensures that all kava from Vanuatu are noble kava strains, meaning they are the preferred strains of kava for drinking in Vanuatu. These strains of kava are used in most kava bars throughout Vanuatu for its high potency and effects. Kahwa coffee is locally roasted in the Tampa Bay area using 100% Arabica coffee beans. Our ethnobotanical teas are sourced to ensure the highest quality.

We are owned and operated by Ross Kashtan and Kenneth Hoyumpa. Ross’ love for kava began like most customers in the first few visits and grew so much that he bought the business and continues to find new sources for products to improve quality while keeping the original family, community-centric atmosphere. Kenneth has been involved with Bula Kafe since its onset. Bringing with him years of experience in the kava business and having traveled to Vanuatu to learn about the kava culture, processing and importation process, Kenneth, like Ross, has an undefinable passion for Bula Kafe and the kava bar business.