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Barley Coffee – No Caffeine Coffee

         Woke up to a cold chilly morning…so guess it is winter and I hope this weather stays (minus the untimely rains though). Although a little sun during the day will be great.

I absolutely love this weather! I have a million memories I’ve made over the years during these cold wintery days… I fall in love with a season because of what it brings with it. I love the nip in the air…Love the colours of winter – the hues of pale green, browns, yellows , dull oranges… I love the warm winter foods… I love the winter spices…. I love layering myself with warm clothes….I love to snuggle under a blanket… I  love indulging in my signature boozy hot chocolate (yes! )  ….Love digging into my winter pies or a bowl of hot curry and rice ( oh! that rhymes) or ..I love sipping on a gazillion cups of teas and black coffee!

Speaking of hot beverages during cold days …well that is something that gets people going, around the world. Sipping on my smoked green tea ( Yes! smoked 😛 ) with ginger while I’m writing this, btw. 

My cousin Priya, lives and works out of the cold desert mountains of the himalayan valley. She lives in Spiti, the north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh (def. worth looking it up!).

Met her a couple of weeks ago and talked a lot about the food of that region ( besides other things of course). She has been living there for a more than year, I think and she has a very many stories to share. She is incredible interesting and noble. She is with an organization that is working towards conserving the Himalayan Ibex and the Snow Leopard. I absolutely enjoyed listening to the stories from her work, the place , the people, the food. Would love to share those with you all, So I’ve asked her to do a Guest Post here – whenever she is ready.  

This post is about something that is inspired by my conversations with Priya – Barley Coffee!

Barley is a grain that is grown in abundance in the himalayan valley. It is used like how rice is used in the other parts of the country. As a whole grain or maybe the powder/ flour. What was also interesting to know is that they make coffee with Barley. So it also replaces the coffee bean!

After she told me about the Barley Coffee .. I was intrigued. I looked it up. So turns out that Italians have been making Barley Coffee sinces ages ( Caffè d’orzo )  and the good folks from SE Asia have been loving their Barley Tea forever.

Curious to know how they make their coffee and tea – I continued my research and found out that is surprisingly very simple.

Keyword is “Slow Roasting“and a wee bit of patience!

Bought some barley the very next day and gave it a go.

So if you love coffee, chances are that you will definitely like this Barley Coffee .Note the use of the word ‘ like’ as opposed to ‘love’ – let me tell you why. 

When I was slow roasting it in the oven – my kitchen smelt exactly like coffee. The roasted barley grains didn’t look as devilishly darkish brown( or maybe I didn’t let them hit that level) , but it has the same nutty earthy ( not as bitter as coffee beans though) taste. The grains when blended , looked like cocoa powder. Mixed with hot water it looks exactly like black coffee / espresso.

I used my filter kapi maker for making the decoction. I figured that we can use  coffee maker also for this.

As for the taste ( because I like my coffee really and I REALLY dark , bitter ) – this one felt a little light. It doesn’t have that depth that our regular coffee has. But for someone who enjoys a light flavoured coffee – this will hit the spot!

Will I have it again- oh! absolutely yes – I will make it stronger with more decoction. But , honestly this will never replace my love for coffee.  (And oh! I have a million other ideas on how I want to use some of that roasted barley powder in my cooks.)

And hey it is also Caffeine free, which makes it healthy! Will make an instant hit with many for that reason alone 🙂

So besides my regular coffee, I have this new sensational coffee-like coffee to keep me going through these cold “so called” bangalore winter. ❤

Will roast the next batch even more it to see how dark could the grains get. 

P.S – Also starring in these pics are the incredibly healthy, super delicious energy chunks made of raw cacao , goji berries, nuts and seeds. I thank my Bro-in-Law & Sis-in-Law for these babies …every single time I have them! 

Recipe – Barley Coffee

Ingredients : Whole Barley Grains ( I used about 100 grams) + Hot water


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees ( and I use the bottom most rack for roasting)
  2. On a baking tray – lay some baking sheet and spread the barley grains on it.
  3. Bake / roast it for approx. 45 mins at 160- 170 degrees
  4. IMPORTANT – Do keep checking on it every 15-20 mins ( You know your oven best. keeping a tab on the grains will ensure that you don’t end up over-roasting / burning it completely)

5. Once it is nicely roasted and ready ( The colour of the grains and the coffee-like aroma is an indicator. You may also pop a few grains over to taste it) – take it off the oven and let it cool off a little.

6. If you have a Coffee Grounding Machine –  I’m sure you’ll use that. But if you are like me ( who doesn’t have one) , our best best is a regular blender. Make sure it washed and dried off.

7.  Ground it to a powder form – make sure it is smooth and not coarse at all.

8. Keep the powder in an air-tight jar ( just like your coffee powder) .Keeps well for weeks.

To Make Barley Coffee : 

  1. I used my Filter Kapi Maker for this. But you can use a regular coffee maker too.
  2. I used 2 – 3 teaspoon heaps and 1 cup of hot water to make 3/4 cup of decoction.
  3. In case you find some residue at the bottom of the decoction collector – just strain it again and you are sorted.
  4. Mix the decoction with hot water ( to your taste) to make your Barley Coffee.
  5. I didn’t use milk or sugar. ( If you’d like to try this coffee with milk and sugar – do let know how it turns out)



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Barley Tea – The Perfect Coffee Substitute

It tastes like coffee, but it isn’t coffee! What is it?

It’s Barley Tea! Say goodbye to your coffee cravings and start a new healthy life with this wonderful nutty beverage.

What is Barley?

Barley herbal tea is made from a cereal grain that comes from the annual grass hordeum vulgare. It is a widely adaptable crop with a short growing season and you can find it in the wild, growing under various conditions.

Barley was first domesticated in the Near East and it was eaten by the Romans as a staple, until it was replaced by wheat. In Medieval Europe, barley bread was actually food for peasants, later replaced by the potato in the 19th century.

This cereal has been present in Chinese medicine over a long period of time for its properties and amazing health benefits.

Nowadays, Barley tea is known around the world, so don’t be surprised if you find it going by different names when you travel to Asia. In Japan, it is called mugicha, in China, dàmàichá and, in Korea, boricha.

Mugicha has been known in Japan for hundreds of years and it is considered a great cooling summer drink. Today, you can even buy it in vending machines. In Korea, it is served year-round: hot in the winter and cool in the summer to please your senses.

If you happen to be in Britain, you may find a similar beverage called barley water. It is made from boiled, not roasted barley and it is usually flavoured with lemon, which results in a lemonade-like drink.

This cereal grain can delight your taste buds and satisfy your coffee craving, but it also has many other uses. It is a food crop and a staple grain in North Africa, Middle East and Asia.

It is also used as animal fodder, as the base for other distilled drinks, to flavor your soup, stews and to make bread.

So the same cereal that makes beer, can also be used to make a wonderfully healthy tea. Let’s find out exactly what health benefits of tea, barley has to offer you.

Barley Tea Benefits

Barley herbal tea and grass of Barley work as a great nutritional supplement, so this tea is the perfect beverage to give you strength and keep you healthy!

It contains 8 essential amino acids and it is rich in vitamins, fiber and minerals. It also offers you glutamic acid, which is rich in antioxidants.

How can so much richness help you?

Blood Cleanser

  • Whole grain barley can regulate and reduce the level of sugar in your blood.
  • If you are worried about your heart, have a cup of barley tea. This cleansing tea may increase blood fluidity, lower cholesterol and, according to the Japanese, mugicha rids the blood of impurities.

Coffee Substitute

  • This nutritional tea can be brewed as a caffeine free coffee substitute, which is the reason why so many Americans love it. It offers a pleasant roastiness, similar to coffee.
  • Drinking this tea on a regular basis may help you to cope with stress and reduce physical problems that are associated with it, like gaining weight by overeating during stressful periods.

Digestive Disorders

  • Do you often feel uncomfortable after heavy meals? Help is on the way! Barley herbal tea is a natural antiacid that improves your digestion and may also treat nausea.
  • It’s a good solution for those who wish to lose weight, as it is a healthy alternative to sugary drinks and it gives you a sense of fullness.
  • Being hydrated is a great way to prevent constipation, so choose barley tea. It helps to improve bowel movement and keeps you refreshed in the summer.

Curing Cold Symptoms

  • Whenever you sense the first cold symptoms knocking at your door, prepare yourself a cup of hot Barley tea. It is a great treatment for fever and it cleanses the system.
  • Barley will break up congestions and phlegm; help with bronchitis and also asthma. This cereal grain will help you breathe well again.
  • If you have a sore throat drink 2 cups of tea per day to help you get better.

Other Benefits of Barley Tea

  • This tea cools down the body and cleanses the system, ridding your body of toxins.
  • Barley tea is recommended as a diuretic, reestablishing proper urine flow, it may also reduce pain and unpleasant odors.
  • It may protect you against some forms of cancer, and it is said to help reduce toxicity and side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.
  • This tea may help with night sweats if you have reached menopause.
  • A barley infusion is also an excellent tea to restore your smile. It promotes oral health by inhibiting the growth of disease and germs.

External Uses of Barley Tea:

  • It can be used as a treatment for hemorrhoids and inflammatory arthritis.
  • If you wish to ward of those unpleasant wrinkles, Barley water might be a solution. It is believed from ancient times to be good for fair skin and to prevent aging signs.

To sum it all up, Barley tea is a great source of phytonutrients and antioxidants that protect the body from the damage caused by free radicals. This tea is also a delicious and nutritious alternative to green, black and herbal teas with and between meals.

Barley Tea Side Effects

Even though tea made with roasted barley is so great, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid it, as it may stop lactation.

This tea is made with a cereal that contains gluten, so if you are gluten intolerant you should avoid drinking it.

Drinking Barley Tea

It’s time to learn how to make Barley tea. Let’s put the kettle on.

Roasting the grain:

You can buy roasted barley at a local Asian market. Otherwise, when making this tea from scratch, you must roast barley in the oven or in a skillet, until as the grains become brown (traditionally, a deep dark brown).

Later, you can easily grind roasted barley by using a pepper grinder.

Watch out for the freshness of barley grain, as it can turn rancid if you leave an open bag too long in the pantry. Don’t be afraid to get creative as it goes well with all types of food!

It takes more time to prepare it this way than using a regular tea bag, but tastes better and makes a fine iced tea when steeped for a few minutes.

Brewing your tea:

If you are planning on making a cold barley infusion, is not necessary to boil the water when using tea bags for a whole pitcher of water. You can brew it as sun tea.

It can be enjoyed at any time of the day and it has a mellow, soothing and nutty taste that doesn’t require sweeteners or lemon, as these will alter the taste of it. You will experience a slight bitter undertone, but less that tea from the tea plant camellia sinensis.

Enjoying Barley Tea in the Asian World

In Korea, they still use the traditional method: roasted barley seeds stewed in hot water.

Koreans use roasted unhulled barley, often combined with oksusu cha (roasted corn infusion) so as to balance the bitterness of the barley with the sweetness of the corn.

In Japan, they now normally use tea bags with grounded barley (easier for making a whole pitcher of cold tea) and also sell it in cans in vending machines. Mugicha is traditionally made by briefly simmering roasted barley grains and it has a toasty flavor.

As for the resulting taste, in Korea, this tea is so intense that it resembles coffee, whereas in Japan it is more mildly brewed. Either way, it is a very interesting experience.

It sounds interesting, doesn’t it?

This tea offers you immense health benefits and you can still use it to flavor your dishes! Easy, tasty and healthy.

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Make a healthy cup of barley tea using this great organic powder.

In either powder or seed form, barley makes a wonderful tea with an original flavor. Drink it for the simple pleasure of a great beverage or for the benefits of tea.

Give it a try.

There’s no better time than now to find your right tea.

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Drinking Barley | Barley Water and Roasted Barley Coffee – A Life (Time) of Cooking

Barley is so healthy. Try Barley Water and Barley Coffee.

Barley is so good for you, yet it is not very popular. It is great in winter in soups, being filling and nourishing. Yet it also has a cooling property, so works well in drinks for hot weather or for heat producing disease such as fevers.

Here are two barley drinks. I have to be honest – Barley Water is not for me. I find it rather bland. But a “coffee” made from deeply roasting barley, coarsely grinding it and making plunger “coffee” produces a great drink. Despite reports from others, it does not taste like coffee, but it does have a lovely roasted taste that is very pleasant.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Cardamom Spiced Coffee, and Unusual Coffees.

Our Coolers include Green Tea, Apple Juice and Strawberry Cooler.

Try these Barley recipes too: Mediterranean Barley Salad with Crispy Tofu, and Barley and Root Vegetable Soup.

You might like to check other Barley recipes. Or browse our Coolers and our  Teas and Infusions. Or spend some time and explore our easy Late Summer recipes.

Barley Water

Take 1/2 cup barley and place in a saucepan with 2.5 cups water. You can add half a cinnamon stick and some chopped ginger if you desire.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes with the lid off until the grains are softened and cooked. The liquid will reduce by about 1/3.

Strain the water and add a Tablespoon of lemon juice and sweetener (honey, sugar, jaggery) to taste. Taste and add more lemon juice if needed.

Barley water is normally drunk cool but can be consumed while hot. It is best on the day that it is made, but can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.

You can vary the flavourings – try mint leaves, orange zest and/or juice, star anise, lemon verbena, maple syrup.


Roasted Barley “Coffee”

Take 1/3 cup barley and place in a dry skillet or heavy pan and toast over heat until it is a deep rich chocolate brown, like coffee beans. Make sure that you stir the barley occasionally so that it toasts evenly and does not burn. It takes about 10 minutes or so.  Turn the roasted barley onto a plate or bowl to cool.

Coarsely grind the roasted barley in a coffee grinder or spice grinder. Place the required amount in a coffee plunger, try a couple of teaspoons per cup, and top with water. Allow to seep for 4 or 5 minutes, pour and serve.

You might need to adjust the amount of roasted barley to your taste, depending on how roasted it is.

You can also roast the barley in a 200C – 220C oven.




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Barley coffee supplies for bars

The barley coffee is one of the most popular alternatives to the classic coffee and every bar should offer it in its menu to meet the needs of its customers. In this article we examine together the curiosities and properties of barley and some practical advice for the supply of barley coffeefor bars.

Barley coffee supplies for bars: what is it?

The orzo is a famous soft drink that replaces the typical black coffee. It’s derived from barley, so contains gluten, but it’s completely devoid of caffeine and other stimulants.

It can be served in large or small cup: for domestic use is made with a mocha or a coffee machine with special filters; for professional use however there are also specific coffee machines that make it particularly sweet and creamy, or coffee grinders to grind the granular sizes.

Barley coffee supplies for bars: the origins

The barley coffee, as we know it, was born in Italy, but before it there was a beverage of Greek origin, known as “Hippocrates herbal tea” in honor of the doctor who first pointed out the properties of this cereal. Hippocrates wrote that the “barley decoction is made of the more appropriate cereal against the diseases in the acute phase because it’s refreshing, easy to digest and does not induce states of agitation or swelling”.

The name, however, has not Greek but Latin origin: the plant was called hordeum. Besides the Greeks and the Romans, all the other great civilizations, including the Egyptians, the Chinese, Assyrians and Sumerians, knew well all the barley properties.

Barley was the main food of gladiators and it was used to prepare soups: when the wheat begins to spread, the barley began to be used only in the lower classes.

The “modern” barley was born during the Second World War, an historical period in which the obvious economic difficulties prevented the purchase of the precious coffee (which the price continued to rise because of the blocks and of fascism customs duties).

The barley spreads widely thanks to its intense flavor that recalls that of coffee, and is preferred by those who for health reasons or for food choice want to avoid caffeine.

In other countries of the world the barley is often mixed with other plants or cereals to enhance even more the intense aroma: rye and chicory, in fact, confer an even more bitter taste.

The properties of barley

The barley coffee is prized for its digestive and anti-inflammatory capacity. It’s the ideal choice for those who like to enjoy a coffee even before bedtime, since it doesn’t contain caffeine and has no stimulating effects. It’s not suitable for coeliacs disease since it contains gluten.

Barley coffee supplies for bars: where to buy it The variety of the menu is important nowadays, because among a large catalog of food choice, intolerances and preferences, customers demand a customized service, even at the bar.

Traditional latte or soy or rice, hot or cold macchiato, with or without caffeine, sweetened or bitter, with cream or ice cream…these are just some of the requests made at the bar. And every good barman or coffee shop owner must always be ready to please his clients!

Hence the importance of addressing to professional suppliers with high quality products: it’s essential for your business to have a trusted collaborator.

Do you own or are you about to open a new bar? We can provide you the best equipment, excellent coffee and consumables at extremely low prices.

Call us at +39 0733288455, from Monday to Friday from 8.00 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., on Saturday from 8.30 to 12.30 a.m.We will be glad to give you all the info you need no strings attached and send you our wholesale price list.


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