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Nov 7, 2007 11:01 AM

Inca Cola

Does anyone know where to purchase Inca Cola in the San Diego Area? Just got back from Peru and my son is hooked.

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  1. Andre's Restaurant in Linda Vista serves it. They have a small market next door and it might sell it. Oddly enough, Andre's is a Cuban restaurant.

    I believe Latin Chef (Peruvian restaurant) in PB also serves it and the food is wonderful. I swear, I'm the only person who has traveled to Peru and not become hooked on Inca Cola. Food-wise, Latin Chef brought me back with their excellent aji de gallina.

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    1. re: geekyfoodie

      I didn't get hooked on Inca Cola. If I want bubble gum I'll buy it not drink it.

      1. re: RBCal

        Indeed, I couldn't get over the appearance and smell of it. Looks like carbonated antifreeze and smells like BubbleYum. Everyone I was with loved it, but after a couple of tries, I was done.

        I also couldn't develop a taste for chicha morada, but I'm not a big fan of spicy (as in flavor, not heat) drinks in general.

    2. You might try checking or calling Northgate Market:
      1410 S. 43rd St.
      San Diego, CA 92113
      (619) 266-6080
      I haven't looked for it there, but they are a good large place that specializes in Mexican and Latin American ingredients.

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      1. re: trentyzan

        Too bad you can't find Coca tea anywhere. That definitely is something I'd buy.

        1. re: RBCal

          Hell yes you can buy it !! at , just search for coca tea they ship it worldwide from the US They're selling it through a loophole in federal law - you can only buy a certain amount per month and they have to keep track of your credit card to make sure nobody tries to buy a bunch under assumed names.
          check also and even wikipedia in the legal part of coca says that you can buy it at AMAZON " More recently, coca has been reintroduced to the U.S. as a flavoring agent in the herbal liqueur Agwa. Coca Leaf Tea is also currently for sale on through an independent distributor."

          1. re: Agatta

            you stated "you can only buy a certain amount per month and they have to keep track of your credit card to make sure nobody tries to buy a bunch under assumed names"
            This is the first I've heard of this coca monitoring program. I would like to order coca tea but does that mean that my name goes into some government database? Where do you get this information?

            1. re: Texas78240

              No, for what I know, as part of internal policies that the company importing has, they have to do it responsibly, that way it is for personal use only. you can read their blog they have tons of information there just browse around. I buy it on a monthly bases as a coffee substitute because I developed caffeine intolerance and coca tea it is a great natural stimulant without the jitters and shakiness that coffee used to give me.

      2. El Dorado in Chula Vista sells it. They are a restaurant, but also sell a few Peruvian Foodstuffs. You might be able to get frozen Aji Amarillo there as well. The 2 liter Ink Cola is kinda pricey - like almost $5. But if you need it.

        El Dorado Peruvian and Mexican Seafood & Grill
        311 Palomar St
        Chula Vista, CA 91911

        We recently purchased about a case of Inka Cola cans, and several 2 liter bottles from Marukai in Gardena - the 2 liter bottles were much cheaper $1.89.

        Oh, and someone sent me this link for Dried Coca leaf - they have shipping costs to the US - but I'm not sure if its kosher:


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        1. re: KirkK

          Thanks for the recommendation, Kirk! I'm really excited about picking up some aji and maybe making a bastardized version of the great homemade aji de gallina I had in Lima (we stayed in a small boardinghouse and essentially had home-cooked meals by the fabulous kitchen staff).

          1. re: KirkK

            coca tea is kosher , check "coca tea" › Gourmet Food › Kosher
            they ship directly from the US, when you get if from overseas custom can take it! I buy mine at Amazon and it only takes 2-3 days for delivery.

          2. Tropical Star on Balboa has Inca Cola