Tea Time

My favorite flavor of tea in Bolivia is “Trimate“. It is made by blending three ingredients: Coca leaves, dried chamomile flowers  and Anise seeds. Although there are good quality brands of tea bags of this flavor; I prefer to make it “from scratch”  since the three ingredients are available at the market and you can get a good quantity for a cheap price.

Chamomile and anise are widely acknowledged and recognized for their health benefits, pleasant flavor and sweet fragrance. The use of coca leaves needs more explanation.  Bolivia is the second largest producer of coca leaf which properties are not harmful in themselves if they are not mixed with chemicals. It is ironic and comical to travel through “El Chapare” (area where coca is cultivated) and be stopped by the police to search for packages of cocaine, all while hundred of bus drivers are chewing coca leaves mixed with Sodium Bicarbonate and smoking to get similar drug effects (eliminations of fatigue and hunger, feeling of euphoria, etc.)

Living in Bolivia has introduced me to new flavors I never knew of before; Trimate is just one them. I drink it hot or cold any time of the day, but it is highly recommended after a meal for its digestive benefits.

Published in: on July 8, 2010 at 6:11 am  Comments (2)  
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  1. ¡Esperandote para disfrutar juntos una taza de buen té! hasta entonces, tkmucho

  2. Pues sí que me convendría una taza de Trimate, por aquellos beneficios digestivos que nos platicas.

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