Size reduction and tamping
After 2-5 days the leaf is perfectly dry and crispy to the touch. We always set our targets to have the freshest greenest leaves after drying. To view our footage check the video above with the dry green leaves hanging in one of the drying warehouses. On with the gloves and masks for the next stage, size reduction and tamping. Whole dried leaves are worked by hand over a wire mesh.
A large container collects the stems, veins and small leaf particles. The process of tamping is simple and pretty impressive to watch. The resized Kratom is put onto a straw mat and continuously flicked up into the air. The smaller lighter leaf particles project forward into another collection container. The heaver stem and vein is left behind, collected and discarded. It is becoming more popular to buy cheaper stem and vein. Many use this powder to mix with their regular powders to help it go further, creating better value.