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Evo Morales launches "Coca Colla" drink

RicRios Dec 31, 2009 11:20 AM

"Bolivia will be producing the new soda "Coca Colla", a coca-leaves-based drink. The leaves are grown in Cochabamba Tropics, in Bolivia, according to Vice-Minister of Coca and Integrated Development Jerónimo Meneses."


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  1. alkapal RE: RicRios Jan 8, 2010 04:54 AM

    oh, i'm looking forward to all the fights that will arise on this one....

    starting with coca-cola's trademark infringement suit.
    then, there's the DEA.....

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    1. re: alkapal
      Naco RE: alkapal Jan 8, 2010 06:13 AM

      Coca leaves are legal in most of the Andean countries and are commonly used to make tisanes.

      1. re: alkapal
        legourmettv RE: alkapal Jan 8, 2010 08:33 AM

        "then, there's the DEA....."

        As much as you might think that it's 'USA World Police', other sovereign nations have and enforce their own laws. Seems this fits within Bolivian law.

        1. re: legourmettv
          Naco RE: legourmettv Jan 8, 2010 09:07 AM

          Yes, but it would be naive in the extreme to think that the US and the DEA have a laissez faire attitude when it comes to coca.

          1. re: Naco
            RicRios RE: Naco Jan 8, 2010 09:33 AM

            You're absolutely right.
            They ( and all the other Central and Peripheral Agencies involved ) are very interested in this highly profitable trade.

      2. Sam Fujisaka RE: RicRios Jan 8, 2010 06:19 AM

        And "colla" (in Quechua) refers to people of the tropics and semi-tropics in Bolivia (as opposed to the highland "camba").

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