Friday, November 13, 2009
Roasted Barley Tea
I picked up this box of organic roasted barley tea bags from the Asian market on Wednesday. Since the majority of the box is written in Japanese, I have no idea what is says including how to use it. I decided to make it hot, like traditional tea or coffee since it smelled a little like roasted coffee in the bag.
This tea has an aroma that is similar to coffee. The flavor is very mild and tastes great black. Once I tried it I decided to do a little research on the tea. Apparently it is normally drunk cold in Japan. However, I think it makes a wonderful warm beverage.
I tried to find a calorie count on this beverage and it is given as anywhere between 0 and 30 on the web. Since you are just soaking roasted barley in water I think it is probably closer to zero like tea or coffee. Either way it doesn’t contain many calories.
Here is an interesting link to barley tea and other teas. It gives a recipe for making your own barley tea, which looks incredibly simple if you are interesting in giving it a try. When I give the homemade version a try I will let you know how it works.
I am really pleasantly surprised by the lovely mild flavor and aroma of roasted barley tea. It is reminiscent of coffee but without the bitter back notes. If are trying to give up coffee but want something similar this beverage may be for you.
When I am at cooking class next week I will check with my Japanese friend Reiko and find out how this beverage is typically flavored and served. I think it is great hot and black but she may have other ideas for how to enhance the taste. What ever I find out I will be sharing with you all.