What is barley coffee? It’s a non-alcoholic beverage made from the infusion of a very ancient cereal, barley, which has already been roasted and ground.
The origins of the vast diffusion of this product go back to the fact that its contents are cheap, a quality that made this drink particularly appetising during the Second World War when traditional coffee had almost become a luxury for most of the population.
Today barley coffee continues to be a firm favourite with consumers not only due to its price, but also for the many health benefits it has on the organism: let’s find out what they are.
Benefits of barley coffee
Like chicory coffee, barley coffee is caffeine-free and therefore provides a “lightweight” alternative to espresso. Additionally, if consumed on a regular basis, this beverage can offer the organism numerous health benefits:
- Stimulates the gastric juices, favouring digestion.
- Reduces bloating in the abdomen.
- Relieves constipation, favouring the transit of food through the intestine.
- Helps to reduce blood sugar levels.
- Effective anti-inflammatory agent.
- In general, barley coffee is a true mine of healthy nutritional substances, including phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E, vitamins of group B and potassium.
How is barley coffee made?
Barley coffee can be made in various different ways. Some of these are not widely used, such as the method that involves using the typical pot used for Turkish coffee. Instead, other more popular methods include using soluble barley, the espresso machine and the moka coffee pot.
One of the quickest, most practical solutions is definitely to use powdered barley coffee, which can be instantly dissolved into hot water or milk. Soluble barley coffee can easily be found in all supermarkets.
Barley coffee in capsules or pods
Those who choose to make it with an espresso machine using capsules or pods will definitely be familiar with this method of preparation, which proves just as rapid and convenient when used to make this alternative to the usual espresso.
In fact, the procedure to follow is extremely simple and intuitive: all you have to do is insert the capsule or pod of barley into the machine, press the button and wait for the beverage to be extracted.
How to make barley coffee with the moka coffee pot
The classic procedure used when preparing coffee with the moka pot can also be used to make barley coffee:
- Fill the base of the moka pot full of cold water up to the valve.
- Place the filter on the base and fill with ground barley using a teaspoon.
- Screw on the top and put the moka pot on the hob, at a low heat. After a few minutes, the drink is ready to be poured into your favourite espresso cups.
Healthy and very low-calorie, barley coffee is the perfect start to any day, even when you’re out and about: here are a few tips about how to enjoy a healthy breakfast at the bar.