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Anyone know of a Coffee Substitute Made From Barley?

I'm just curious about something. When we were in Chile, South America, they had a coffee substitute made from barley that was simply delicious. Does anyone know if something like that is available in the US and what it is called? In Chile it was called Ecco or Coronado.

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During times of war or when coffee prices were very high, people came up with coffee substitutes, and some of them stuck.  One is chicory, which I believe started in europe and migrated to the Louisiana area with the French.  I know of one roaster (no longer in business) that tried to roast barley and use it as a coffee substitute, either on its own or blended with coffee.  He is no longer in business, probably because his product was not similar to coffee, and the coffee industry found out that people will buy coffee, even at very high prices. 

If you can't find someone roasting barley, buy a small popcorn popper, convert it to a coffee roaster (instructions on the Internet) and roast some yourself. 

 

Bud

Action Coffee Service, roasters of Royal Drummer Gourmet Coffees

913 281-0721

You'd love Teeccino. It contains barley, chicory, and other natural ingredients. There's no caffeine, and it tastes very much like coffee. www.teeccino.com, or you can find it in any Whole Foods or most natural grocery stores.

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