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Inka is a Polish roasted grain beverage. Developed in the late 1960s during communist rule, Inka has been produced in Skawina since 1971, a centre of coffee production since the early 20th century. Presently it is manufactured by GRANA Sp. Z O.O. While it was used in part as a coffee substitute to alleviate coffee shortages in the 1970s, Inka remains popular, in part to the fact that it is caffeine-free. It is imported to Canada and the United States as Naturalis Inka in packaging reminiscent of that used in Poland in the early 1990s.
Inka is a roasted mixture of rye, barley, chicory, and sugar beet. Cereals make up 72% of the content and there are no artificial ingredients or other additives. Its manufacturer, Biogran, also manufactures similar beverages for export.
A unique flavour of this beverage makes is an ideal substitute for those who enjoy coffee yet want to stay away from caffeine. The drink is safe for consumption by children, pregnant and breast-feeding mothers.
There are the following varieties of Inka:
- Inka Classic
- Inka Pro-Health - fortified with additional magnesium.
- Inka Flavoured - three varieties: with Chocolate, Milk (contains sugar), or Caramel