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Dongsuh 100% Pure Barley Tea

One box contains 15 bags, each enough for 2 Liters of water, to be boiled for 10 minutes.

Roasted barley tea is a caffeine-free, roasted-grain-based tisane made from barley, which is popular in JapaneseChinese, and Korean cuisine. It is also used as a caffeine-free coffee substitute in American cuisineBarley water is a popular traditional soft drink in Britain.

Roasted barley tea is called mugicha (?) in Japanese, dàmàichá (大麦茶) or màichá (麦茶 or 麥茶) in Mandarin Chinese, and boricha (보리차) in Korean. While the tea is generally regarded as a cooling summer beverage in Japan, it is served year-round, hot in winter and cold in summer, in Korea. Originally, roasted barley seeds were stewed in hot water (this is still the method generally used in Korea), but tea bags containing ground barley became more popular during the early 1980s; this is now the norm in Japan. It can be found from many different distributors in vending machines all over Japan.

Grains of Korean boricha

In Korea, roasted unhulled barley is used to prepare the tea. Often the barley is combined with oksusu cha (roasted corn infusion), as the corn’s sweetness offsets the slightly bitter flavor of the barley. A similar drink, made from roasted brown rice, is called hyeonmi cha(tisane) or genmaicha (with green tea added).

Roasted barley tea, sold in ground form and sometimes combined with chicory or other ingredients, is also sold as a coffee substitute.

source: Wikipedia

As I was boiling this at home, the family thought the house smelled of coffee. The longer you boil it the more bitter it brews so you might want to taste a little every now and then.

Though not as particularly exquisite as rice tea, barley tea can brag about its smoky flavor and fancy aftertaste. To make it more exciting, you could add honey or milk (or both?). This might probably taste a bit like the milky rice juice they sell in Korean marts.

The good thing about this is that it tastes good even when cold (unlike green tea, which will leave a slimy aftertaste).

You can find this in Nice Mart at #37 Matalino St., Cor. Kalayaan Ave., Diliman, Quezon City.

If you have a flair for food adventure, why not take a visit? You’ll see all sorts of weird delicacies they create out of unusual combinations of ingredients.