Coca Colla: Bolivian Soft Drink Hits the Streets

By: AP News Now
By: AP News Now

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - A company in Bolivia is selling an energy drink made from coca leaves called Coca Colla.

Coca Colla-maker Victor Ledezma says he is distributing about
12,000 bottles of it in La Paz, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. The soft
drink is black and comes in a bottle with a red label. A half-liter
bottle costs about $1.50.

He said Tuesday the name was chosen by local farmers and comes
from the coca leaf and the name of the highland Colla people, who
have chewed the leaf for centuries.

Coca leaf is the main ingredient in cocaine, but it also has
traditional and medicinal uses among Bolivia's Indians. Coca -
chewed as leaves or made into a tea - is used as a mild stimulant
or for altitude sickness in the Andes.

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