Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Tea VS Infusion and " Fake Coca Tea"

Tea VS Infusion and " Fake Coca Tea"

So, what is a tea and what is an infusion?

While searching the internet,  we found an interesting statement at this blog:

Teas vs Infusions (and other related semantics)

So I’ve been scanning here for a couple of days now, and it seems like folks are not making distinctions between tea, and non-tea infusions. For instance peppermint tea. It could mean a peppermint infusion, it could mean a black tea with peppermint added to the brew, it could mean a black tea with peppermint oil added to the leaves (a la Earl Grey) it could even mean black tea with peppermint simple syrup added. Or green, white, yellow, and any other variant of tea.
But this site is called steepster, not teaster. Should we be able to mark an infusion that we rate as “true tea”, “infusion”, “spiced”, “scented”, or whatever. What are people’s feelings about this?
The same thing goes for what people call “chai”, which is in some circumstances a style of preparing tea, and in other circumstances a range of flavors added to tea, and in yet others the very word for tea itself.

I know this may be splitting hairs for some folks, but besides my thinly veiled opinion, I really am interested in how other people view this very semantic issue.


Other good link in the same subject is http://voices.yahoo.com/herbal-teas-infusions-decoctions-tinctures-6722336.html

SO, going back to coca, which is our business for almost 10 years now, is there any real coca product in the market such a

"coca infusion in a commercial tea bag" ... 

The answer is NO! please check your label and read the ingredients, many times, brands only use the name "COCA" as a marketing strategy to add value to a brand. However,  the ingredients list generally is plagued with cheaper and easier to obtain ingredients such "green tea" and after years trying several brands of commercial green tea, Lipton at Walmart for under $4 for 40ct box is a great option  and there is no need to spend more than that!

" Energizing teas or infusion inspired on the Andean Mate de Coca" clearly do not count as coca tea and do not have a pinch of coca in it.

Coca is only one and only comes legal from only two countries in the world: Bolivia and Peru, anything else claiming to be  a " Coca Infusion Tea " is just a cheap fake!

Coca Tea Brands by country. 

Bolivia: ( Generally Novogratense leaves)

  • Windsor ( the oldest of all, over 100 years in the market)
  • Lupi
  • Macmate
  • Ecocaranavi
  • Frutte ( discontinued)
Peru: ( Generally Truxillense leaves)
  • Delisse (includes flavored coca tea with chamomile, mint, cat's claw, etc)
  • Herbi
  • Zurit
  • Del Valle
  • Inka 
  • Andina Real
  • Wawasana ( seems discontinued)
USA: (Truxilense, novogratense and hybrids depending on the brand)
  • NovoAndina (Yungas, Oruro & Caranavi)
  • Reyes Avila
  • CocaBlast 
  • KoKa 
There are no reports of any other brands with real coca leaves in the market. 


Dakota christianson said...

I think the word you're looking for is tissane the French word for an herbal infusion

Robert Shultz said...

Has any body posted a photo showing a close up of a coca leaf? I used a simple camera and a bug magnifier and took some fairly good photos. I then took photos of a bay leave which, when looking quickly, resembles a coca leaf. The differences are very interesting. Tell me how I might share these photos with you. Also, what other types of leaves might people use as phonies?

Robert Shultz said...

Has anybody published what a coca leaf looks like close up, like almost macroscopic? I took a simple camera with zoom capabilities, and a bug magnifying glass and came up with some fairly interesting results. I then took the same camera and bug magnifying glass and took some macroscopic photos of a bay leaf which kind of resembles a coca leaf if you look really quickly. Very interesting differences. Is there a way a can share these photos with you? Also, what types of other leaves can be pushed as phonies?