Coca is a very useful plant and had been used by natives in South America for thousand of years, before humans ultimately figured out how to make cocaine. However, traditional use exists in the form of chewing coca leaf or making mate de coca (coca tea). But whereas coca leaf isn’t very easy to get in every country, coca tea is.

Simply put, as you could expect, coca tea is made from the leaves of the coca plant and has been around for thousands of years. The leaves are dried and powdered after harvest and do not contain any other ingredients, unlike many regular types of tea you can find in your local grocery store.

coca tea
Lemon flavored Coca Tea

The buzz you would normally get from coffee is similar to the one from coca tea, but doesn’t leave you with stomach cramps or a withdrawal for caffeine

I had been talking about and suggested trying this tea before, after having excellent results of performing at work on the combination of coffee, hash and mandarins. Aware of the withdrawal and simply being unhealthy to your body, I was very happy to perhaps have found a solution for substituting coffee: coca tea!

On a regular, busy Monday like no other, I figured I was going to give this tea a try and not drink coffee for a whole day.

I ended up not drinking coffee anymore ever since, unless I was out on the road and didn’t have any other option than getting some warmth and energy from coffee.

Coca Tea Chewing Gum
Apart from Coca Tea, Coca Extract infused Chewing Gum is widely (and legally) available worldwide

The buzz you would normally get from coffee is similar to the one from coca tea, but doesn’t leave you with stomach cramps or a withdrawal for caffeine and you can easily drink it all day. I started with one tea bag per day, but when required, even spreading three out over the day worked like a blast for me. I recommend setting a teapot and have a cup whenever you feel you could use another boost to your energy level.

The one I tested and which tasted great, was the lemon flavored coca tea. You can order the lemon flavor and 7 others at Azarius.net for only € 12,50. One package contains 25 teabag. If you’re in South America or traveling around there, you’ll likely find some at coffee/tea shops.