It is made either by submerging the coca leaf or dipping a tea bag in hot water. The tea is most commonly consumed in the Andes mountain range, particularly Argentina, Bolivia, Colombia and especially in Peru, where it is consumed all around the country.
Up Here, Coca Is Good for What Ails You. Yes, coca leaves are the raw material for cocaine, but chewing the leaves or drinking coca tea when you're in Cusco (altitude 3,400 metres) clears your throbbing head and lets you breath again. And it's legal. THINGS, AS THEY they say here in Cusco, go better with coca.
Something that may surprise you, but that you will most certainly encounter on your visit to Cusco, is the open sale of coca leaves and coca tea (mate) in markets .
Spanish/Nat In Peru it's a popular drink. But in the US, Mate de Coca or coca leaf tea, made from the same.
Coca Leaf Tea Peru: The refreshing altitude antidote of the Andes that's illegal to bring into the U.S., despite protests by South. American leaders.
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