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Health, Herbal Tea  |  6.3.2021  |  By S. Chen

4 Health Benefits of Mugicha Barley Tea


Mugicha (麦茶), or barley tea, is made from roasted barley that is delicious both hot or cold. In particular, in many East Asian countries such as Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and China, this non-caffeinated tea is a staple with tons of health benefits. On a hot summer day in Japan, it is typical to have iced barley tea, or Mugicha, with their meals or as a quick refresher.

 

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Mugicha Itsuki
麦茶樹
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Mugicha is made from roasted barley kernels and has a toasty aroma and nutty flavor. When chilled, mugicha is especially refreshing and hydrating on a hot and humid day. Mugicha barley tea is best when cold brewed, but can also also be enjoyed hot.

 

Brief History of Mugicha

The origin of Mugicha dates back to the Heian period (794-1185), where military commanders drank a mixture of “parched” (dry roasted) barley flour and sugar dissolved in hot water or alcohol. Barley tea became more popular to the common class throughout the late Edo period (1603-1868) to the Meiji era (1868-1912).  Mugicha was frequently available in many cafes and homes. Finally, with the rise of refrigeration in the 1950s, Barley tea was established as a summer drink due to being harvested during the season. By 1965, Barley tea was officially named “Mugicha”.

 

Mugicha Health Benefits

Overall since Mugicha is caffeine-free, it is an excellent drink at any time of day for people of all ages. After all, Mugicha is a great summer drink because it has a cooling effect on your body while replenishing your body with nutrients. Additionally, health benefits of Mugicha include:

  • Good for digestion: Mugicha is known as a natural antacid that helps to ease painful heartburn. Barley grains consist of high levels of fiber as well that help with constipation and boost healthy bowel movements.
  • Enhances the immune system: Mugicha contains vitamin C that helps protect the immune system from various diseases and infections.
  • Prevents tooth decay: Mugicha has polyphenols and antioxidants that can prevent tooth decay. These powerful compounds even help in protecting teeth from plaque build-up.
  • Weight loss: Mugicha is an ideal replacement for drinks that contain a lot of sugar. As a result, drinking Mugicha may help you maintain weight with a healthy lifestyle.

 

How To Brew Mugicha (Using Our Mugicha Itsuki)

 

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Mugicha Itsuki
麦茶樹
$9.99

Mugicha is made from roasted barley kernels and has a toasty aroma and nutty flavor. When chilled, mugicha is especially refreshing and hydrating on a hot and humid day. Mugicha barley tea is best when cold brewed, but can also also be enjoyed hot.

 

Cold Brew

  1. Pour one liter or one quart of cold water over a packet of Mugicha in a large pitcher.
  2. Let the packet steep for 2 hours in the fridge. *Mugicha can be steeped up to 2 times
  3. Pour into your favorite cup and enjoy!

 

Hot Brew

  1. Pour one liter or one quart of 203°F (95°C) hot water over a packet of Mugicha in a heat-proof kettle.
  2. Let the packet steep for 3-5 minutes *Mugicha can be steeped up to 2 times
  3. Keep or remove the teabag, depending on your preference.
  4. Pour into your favorite yunomi or teacup and enjoy!

 

Mugicha, or barley tea, is a tea rich in Asian culture. We recommend trying some iced Mugicha for the upcoming warmer months to indulge in its refreshing flavor and fantastic health properties. Similarly, try some other Japanese herbal tea varieties such as Kuromamecha (black soybean tea) and Sobacha (buckwheat tea). Not only are they also both caffeine-free but also offer amazing health benefits.

 

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