A white cup filled to the brim with coca tea
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Coca Tea Recipe

Improving your digestion by sipping this hot and soothing tea!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: South American
Keyword: coca, coca leaves, coca tea
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp coca leaves (2 teaspoons for a stronger tea)
  • 1 cup of water (filtered)
  • 1 tsp of organic honey (if desired)

Instructions

  • To make coca tea, bring a cup of water to a boil, and then reduce the heat and allow it to simmer.
  • Add the coca leaves to the hot water (target temperature - 195 degrees F).
  • Allow the mixture to brew for 4-5 minutes; the longer it steeps, the stronger the tea.
  • Strain the mixture into a cup, separating out the leaves.  Add honey, if desired, and enjoy the soothing infusion!
    A bowl of coca leaves kept beside an earthen cup of coca tea

Notes

There will be some sediment at the bottom of the cup; for the full effect of this tea, drink it all the way to the bottom! Coca tea is rich in natural alkaloids and it would be best if you could consume it on an empty stomach, between meals or before and after a light meal. Avoid boiling it as that would affect its alkaloid content and eventually the flavor of the tea. Additionally, do not add milk to this tea and avoid consuming it with other milk products like cheese or yogurt.