Barley coffee is a typical Italian drink, a substitute for traditional coffee , which is obtained thanks to the infusion of roasted and ground barley. You can prepare it at home, with the mocha, or drink it at the bar, or at the machine. Soluble barley can also be found on the market, which is quick to prepare. In Italy, consumption was very high especially in the 1930s, when coffee was scarce and prices were prohibitive for many. Now it is back in vogue and is no longer seen as a poor drink, but as a substitute for coffee, thanks above all to the absence of caffeine . However it is prepared, barley coffee has a similar color to that of coffee and a flavor that vaguely resembles it.
In general, those who drink barley coffee are people who cannot, or do not want to, take regular coffee, to avoid caffeine . It is the ideal drink for those with heart problems, for those suffering from anxiety and for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It also contains few calories (about 20 kcal per 100 ml of drink), so it can also be consumed by those who follow low-calorie diets. It is free of side effects even for those suffering from gastrointestinal disorders. However, it is not suitable for everyone, as it contains gluten, and is therefore not recommended for people with celiac disease or who have a gluten intolerance.
Regular coffee consumers usually end the meal with a cup and, at work, take a coffee break, to spend a few minutes relaxing with colleagues. Using barley coffee as a substitute is the best way to avoid taking too much caffeine and at the same time not giving up on daily habits.