Vendor Rating: 4
However, they hold to the idea that strain names and veins are almost entirely marketing concepts. Instead, they provide kratom that is identified only by the batch number and its mitragynine content.
Unfortunately, it gives a relatively monochromatic experience. Consumers are used to picking and choosing from all sorts of strain names and colors.
For the average Joe, choosing from “Batch 13” or “Batch 14,” after being tantalized by everything from “Super Green Malaysian” to “Triple-Whammy Magical Rainbow Maeng Da,” might be a bit underwhelming.
About the Company: Crisp Kratom
Crisp Kratom has no qualms about outing the rest of the kratom industry with claims that aren’t as proven as they say they are. The very meta description that you’ll see in a search engine before you even reach their site says:
“Kratom Strains: A Clever Con. After 5 years of importing and daily kratom use, and from all the research we have gathered, both scientific and industry based, we have discerned that there is little truth or substance to the strains in the kratom industry. Here we give you an in-depth, behind the scenes look at Indonesian manufacturing practices.”
Exciting, no? Right off the bat, you can tell this will be a company unlike any you’ve dealt with before.
First off, you’ll find plenty of information about kratom, the harvesting and manufacturing processes, and its export.
You learn first about some of the different drying techniques some vendors use to cut corners and take advantage of their customers. They go into detail about something they’re passionate about: kratom strain names are arbitrary and pointless.
Crisp Kratom has also completely flipped the process of browsing and buying kratom unique.
We’ll dive deeper into that below in the sections where we usually discuss different strains. Crisp doesn’t deal with strains, remember? And the way they work around them is pretty refreshing, along with their promise (and proof) of bringing in the best kratom in the industry.
Their promise comes from the fact that they have scoured Indonesia relentlessly until they found a vendor who was willing to spill the beans about the kratom industry.
“You might as well lie, because if you don’t, you’re giving your money to someone who will.”
This sad quote reminds us of how lucky we are in first-world countries, where only CEOs and the ultra-rich have to lie to their subordinates to command their loyalty while shoveling more wealth into their pockets.
In Indonesia, people have to lie to make a living. Over here, we’re complaining about vendors x and y while throwing money at vendor z without a second thought. In Indonesia, farmers are struggling so desperately to make ends meet that they must lie to the only customers who keep them fed and clothed.
- Dedicated to kratom and its customers
- Consistent with testing
- Updates their page with the mitragynine content of each batch
- Certified by the American Kratom Association
- Only sells one variety
- Controversial ideas that many disagree with
- No information on the return policy
Crisp Kratom Product Reviews
Kratom Leaf Powder
Kratom leaf powder is the most popular product and remains the form most people associate with the plant. Most vendors sell a variety of kratom powders, usually sorted by name, color, and region.
Crisp Kratom believes most of these strain names are little more than marketing. It doesn’t matter if you’re buying White Thai Kratom, Red Malaysian, Green Vietnam, or Purple Zimbabwe. They’re all grown in Indonesia, almost entirely on the island of Bali.
Knowing this, the company had to come up with a solution. And their solution is simplicity and honesty. Instead of strains, they sell kratom by the batch.
- Each batch they order from their supplier is tested for purity and quality.
- The test results of each batch are posted on the purchasing page,
- Users can choose between available batches to find one that suits their needs
The problem is there’s not much of a standard when evaluating how to meet your kratom needs. Each batch only lists the mitragynine content, and there are dozens of alkaloids in kratom. Plus, even if you find a batch you really like, once it’s gone, you’re out of luck.
Granted, you can take a look at their full test results. Don’t let yourself get scared off by the counts for heavy metals and such. The levels are far below the FDA’s approved permissible levels.
Other than this, the batches have various scores. On the main page, they have one overall score, a rating out of ten. Each batch is rated according to potency, its “greenness,” flavor/aroma, and the powder consistency on the lab results page. Basically, the freshness.
So, when buying kratom, you still have a couple of options.
- Crisp sample pack: $30. Order this, and they’ll send you a 14 g sample of 5 different batches of their kratom. Honestly, at $30 for 70 g, that’s a seriously hefty premium.
- Kratom powder. You can choose from either 100 g, 200 g, or 500 g. You can also get a kilo if you order the most recent batch. Each order can be split into two, so you can choose from two different batches.
- Crisp clearance. Once the company has received a new batch, any of the older stuff gets put on clearance and sold for more normal prices. Well, somewhat closer, at least.
It seems that the value of Crisp Kratom increases by orders of magnitude when you order large amounts. Sure, everywhere offers bulk deals. But with Crisp, it hardly seems plausible to consider buying anything less than a kilo since the prices are so outrageous.
What reputable vendor would be caught without kratom capsules? Well… plenty of them. But not Crisp Kratom, who understands that even with the purest and most fresh kratom in the world, it’s still the taste equivalent of sucking a lemon while licking a dry carpet and listening to nails scraping on a chalkboard.
Capsules also help users take pre-measured doses, allowing them to track their habits. It’s extremely easy to eyeball out a tablespoon of kratom every day and find out some weeks later that your 4-gram dose has somehow become an 8-gram dose without you realizing it.
Like their other products, Crisp Kratom sells its capsules according to the available batches. They list the mitragynine percentage in the batch, although they acknowledge that mitragynine isn’t the only factor influencing the effects.
As one customer from the section below points out, batches have been tested that primarily contain “speciophylline” rather than “mitragynine,” which undoubtedly alters the effects.
Capsules start at $35 for 180. Each capsule contains about 600 mg of kratom, about 108 g. These are reasonable prices for capsules compared to the base price of kratom.
In fact, these capsules are cheaper than some companies.
Numerous companies have jumped aboard the “double-the-price-of-your-capsules” ship lately. It seems like Crisp Kratom is only interested in charging a few extra bucks for the time involved in encapsulating them.
Aside from the large volume available for purchase, there’s not much else to say. You can order up to 10,000 capsules for just $1,000, which is a much better price than any other vendor. But you’re still paying a grand for 6 kilos of kratom.
Crisp Kratom is definitely legit, but they are off-putting to many people because of the claims they make. They hold a mirror to the kratom industry and reveal that the whole thing isn’t as legit as we’d like to think.
It’s vendors like Crisp Kratom that help entire communities learn the truth so that they can make well-informed decisions.
Crisp Kratom is also certified by the American Kratom Association, further proving its authenticity.
We’ve been pretty clear thus far that Crisp Kratom isn’t a place you go to in search of cheap kratom. Any crisp dollar bills sitting around unspent will disappear into Crisp Kratom’s wallet if you take the plunge and order from them.
Truthfully, though, it might be worth it. Customer reviews are positive, and very few complain about the cost. Most people believe that Crisp’s kratom is worth it.
Crisp remains determined to purchase only from honest farmers and goes through extra steps to ensure the kratom is manufactured according to their standards.
They might not have swaths of different kratom strains for sale, but they certainly have a lot of different ways to pay for their batches.
- Credit and debit card payments (set as the default)
- WAVE Checkout
- Mobile payments and browser-based payments like Google Pay and Apple Payments
If they also accepted crypto, this would be the most versatile acceptance of payments I’ve ever seen.
Crisp Kratom has undoubtedly generated more controversy and disagreement on Reddit than almost any other vendor. They have good reason to. They’re claiming that everything everyone believes about the kratom industry is a lie.
While that may be true, it may also not be. There’s evidence from at least one farmer that there is just a single production method, which does not prove that other farmers don’t use different ways. That doesn’t even mean they’re right.
We have a case of the lone wolf, the town crier, who stands on the corner shouting things that the passersby assume to be nonsense. It’s hard to validate their claims, but they might be true.
I feel that botanically, it would be peculiar if different drying methods didn’t affect the alkaloid content.
It also seems unlikely that hundreds of farmers lie about their products to American vendors to make a couple of bucks.
I think the reality is that most of us cannot understand the high demands and difficulties of a third-world market that has recently gained access to a first-world customer base. All of these conflicting things may be true in their respective ways.
We learn that Crisp Kratom almost exclusively sells kratom that would be described as an intense green. One post’s author says they “hate the jitters and wobbles that come from green kratom, and this is exactly that.”
Interesting response. Wobbles are typically associated with solid sedative strains. Jitters are generally associated with highly stimulating strains.
Nonetheless, many say their products aren’t very potent. But many others love their kratom and say if you buy it once, you’ll be back for more because it’s so potent.
u/acn97 says that they were unimpressed. They “have no doubt that the product is fresh.” They are also fond of the packaging and the fact that they number it by batch rather than strain.
They continue to say that, of the three batches they tried, only two had any effects, and they were marginal at best. In the same thread, the owner of Crisp Kratom claims that “many users report being able to reduce their use entirely.: Acn97 responds by saying that when they did that, they felt nothing.
Another user who has since deleted their account says the customer service is fantastic. Their order had been lost in the company’s emails and failed to ship out. They added 10 grams to the order as an apology.
Another since-deleted user says their product is “definitely not the best that me and many others have used,” although they promised it’s still good quality.
The website states they only have two shipping options: USPS and Priority FlatRate Shipping, the latter being $20. They don’t say anything about reships or refunds, but customer statements have almost all been positive.
Best Alternative Kratom Vendors
Does it matter if strains are ‘real’ or not? Sometimes it’s fun to mix and match. Besides, every strain is a different ‘batch’ anyways, so picking and choosing your favorite batches by selecting their strain names instead shouldn’t make a difference.
Thus, you might want to check out some of our other favorite vendors. They have great options, and each is unique in its own right (though not as memorable as Crisp).
1. Kona Kratom
Kona Kratom is the best place for the ethical kratom connoisseur to shop. They have people who check out the farms they buy from in Indonesia and ensure they’re following safe practices.
Unfortunately, this type of dedication costs money, and their prices are a bit higher as a result. But you can’t put a price on peace of mind. Besides, Kona offers a money-back guarantee on their products and excellent customer service to help you if needed.
- Kratom is sourced ethically
- Good customer service and like-minded people
- Owners maintain direct contact with farmers
- Good strain selection
- Money-back guarantee
- More expensive
2. VIP Kratom
VIP Kratom is for anybody who wants to feel like they’re really at the top of their kratom game. And why shouldn’t you? There are a lot of people out there tossing & washing bottom-barrel kratom. But not you. You’re a VIP and should be treated (and charged) like one.
Of course, we wouldn’t recommend them if the kratom wasn’t worth the extra cost — it certainly is. If you disagree, they’ll refund your money, no questions asked.
- Good customer service
- Money-back guarantee
- Fast shipping
- Exceptionally high-quality kratom
- Sense of membership and community
3. Star Kratom
Star Kratom is a long-standing kratom vendor that continues to thrive, partially due to its simplicity. They have no crazy mission statement; they just want everyone to access good kratom. And so they’ve continued to ensure this since their inception over half a decade ago.
- Consistent quality
- Good customer service
- 100% money-back guarantee
- Small strain selection
Final Thoughts: A Unique Approach That May Change the Market
Crisp Kratom is by far the most unique kratom vendor we have ever seen. They take a different approach to selling kratom and actively dismantle the beliefs supporting the current kratom market.
By filling their page with information cited directly from Indonesian farmers, they attempt to dispel the idea of strains and processing methods. In doing this, they also change how they buy and sell kratom. Instead of strains, they offer batches with different numbers. Are they right? Not necessarily. Time will tell.
Each batch is quality-tested, and it posts the results publicly. Opinions vary; some say the kratom is lacking, and others say it’s their best. Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth trying and what you believe as far as strains go.