If like me you have a great weakness for coffee with such a stimulating taste but fear its possible long-term negative effects, this should interest you. Some cereals can be consumed in the same way as coffee or even compete with it. Barley coffee, for example, you know? Let’s find out together what’s behind this possible alternative to coffee.
Where does barley coffee come from?
This denomination may seem a bit confusing:
It seems to evoke the terroir side of our country with its agricultural and cereal lands. And yet, imagine that not only is barley coffee not French, but it’s also not new.
The cultivation and consumption of barley is historically very distant (1). As far as barley coffee is concerned, let’s remember this. It was our Italian neighbors who popularized the “coffee”. During World War II, they had to find an ersatz (let’s say a more or less equivalent replacement) for the precious stimulating coffee they so lacked at this time of scarcity.
Barley coffee, barley tea or ornate?
Again, the name can be misleading. Like the traditional “little black,” barley coffee is a beverage that is usually drunk hot, but some enjoy it cold. Its aromas, from roasted and ground barley malt, will be more or less sustained depending on its infusion duration.
The longer it is, the closer you will get to the intense flavors and bitterness of the coffee, but with a little sweetness and a touch of creaminess as well. Barley coffee diffuses a unique and naturally sweet taste of cereals and toasted hazelnuts.
You can also, like the Japanese and their “muguicha” (literally “barley tea”) let it brew for a very short time. Next, you will get a kind of barley tea much lighter in texture with a subtle toast flavor. Finally, orgé is simply the name bretons give to their local barley coffee.
A good substitute for traditional coffee?
Barley coffee contains only roasted barley, but it is an ingredient of high nutritional quality. According to a team of Canadian researchers from AAFC (2), barley, which is high in fiber and low in fat, has beneficial effects on the heart. Its consumption reduces cholesterol and the risk of cardiovascular diseases. And since it is low in calories, it will certainly appeal to people who care about its figure.
That’s not all. Barley contains minerals, vitamins and antioxidants but little gluten, so it is an excellent replenisher and ally for our digestive system.
Let’s not forget that barley coffee is naturally caffeine-free. If you are a great athlete or you do two days in one, you should know that barley coffee is very energizing without being exciting.
Therefore, you can consume it at any time of the day without the risk of seeing your sleep disturbed. It is ideal at the end of a meal to facilitate digestion.
From barley bean to barley coffee, how is it going?
The manufacturing process is simple. Look instead! Barley is first harvested when ripe when its moisture content remains below 15%. Barley grains are sorted and removed from impurities before entering the roasting workshop.
The grain processing process is carried out in 2 main steps. Heated for the first time to a temperature above 300 ° C to burst the seed. Then it is necessary to caramelize the natural sugars of the barley to release the aromas while maintaining the temperature at 250 ° C. All that’s left is crushing and conditioning.
Prepare your barley coffee at home
Nothing is easier. Two ready-to-use versions are available on the market. For barley instant coffee, you just need to put one or two tablespoons of coffee powder in a cup and pour boiling water.
To have barley coffee brewed, proceed as if the coffee to be brewed with your Italian coffee maker or electric coffee maker. If you prefer to make your grind, the recipe is basic.
It consists of roasting the barley grains in a pan before grinding them finely. If you’re more of a risky type, check out this video (3).
As you may have understood, barley coffee is a 100% natural and very beneficial product that deserves to be given a real place in our daily lives. In addition to being good for taste, it is good for your health.
A French producer embarked on the adventure in Brittany. So you can get French barley coffee and environmentally friendly. So, do well and treat yourself to the comfort of a cup of barley coffee, alone, with friends or family and especially unscrupulous.