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what is barley coffee?

Barley coffee, or Café D’orzo as it’s known across Europe, started life in Italy, as a widely available replacement for coffee during a period of trade sanctions. It quickly gathered a following with those seeking a caffeine free alternative to the daily espresso and is regaining its popularity today, for a healthier daily brew.

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how is barley coffee made?

Barley coffee, or Cafe D'orzo, is called coffee even though it does not contain coffee beans and is naturally caffeine free. It is made by the simple infusion of ground roasted barley.  

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barley from field to cup

  Barley is a commonly farmed plant in Europe and North America. The seeds of each plant are used to make the barley.

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barley seeds

The barley seeds are then roasted to enhance their rich coffee-like flavour.

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grinding to a powder

 The seeds are then ground to make a coffee like consistency.

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9 key barley coffee benefits

Barley coffee not only offers a naturally caffeine free solution, but it is also seen as a mine of healthy, nutritional substances, from effective anti-inflammatory agents to vitamins B and E. It is low in fat, and rich in complex carbohydrates, ensuring that it’s such a satisfying alternative to coffee. Scientific studies have indicated that barley coffee can:

  • Have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Be loaded with vitamins B and E
  • Reduce blood sugar
  • Aid concentration - caffeine free
  • Be high in antioxidants
  • Reduces bloating
  • Aid digestion
  • Fortify the Immune System
  • Reduces hunger

how to drink your barley coffee

 You can enjoy your barley coffee in the exact same way as normal coffee pods. As always, be sure to give the pod a good shake before you pop it into your Nespresso machine (Please note our pods won’t activate a Nespresso Vertuo machine).

Press the dispense button as usual, and sit back to watch the rich brown, creamy liquid create the perfect coffee drink. You can add milk or cream as normal, and also serve it chilled. 

what will it taste like?

There’s not too much different about barley coffee when compared to the taste of normal coffee, and it deliver the same rich brown liquid we’ve come to associate with our morning caffeine hit. And caffeine free barley coffee even has a nutty, earthy taste, just like normal coffee. It’s not quite as bitter though, and a little lighter on the palate too. You can add sugar or honey to add more sweetness to the drink too!

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