Are you a tea drinker of a coffee lover? Until I was 30 I was strictly a tea drinker only. Now it’s coffee all the way for me. Maybe my body needed that extra boost first thing, or maybe my tastebuds changed with age, who knows! But these days you will usually find me, coffee in hand most mornings. After 6 years of consuming the caffeinated liquid goodness, it’s safe to say it has become a staple of my everyday life. My vast array of ‘coffee quote’ mugs can attest to this! I do sip the occasional cup of tea these days but it is few and far between.
But despite me being almost reliant first thing in the morning on my coffee, there is such a thing as too much coffee. This is my issue. You see, I don’t, or try not to consume too much at once, or too late in the day. This has left a gap in my day so to speak for those times when I fancy a cup of coffee, not tea. Don’t even get me started on decaf! Do I need to find an alternative to coffee?
Introducing Barleycup: The Caffeine Free Alternative to Coffee
Barleycup is a range of instant and Gluten-Free cereal drinks. Accredited by Coeliac UK the production process ensures that gluten levels do not exceed 10mg/kg. It is also only 10kcal per cup making it a great alternative for those wishing to swap to a lower calorie drink. Made with barley, rye and chicory, it is naturally caffeine and additive free. Barleycup can be enjoyed by anyone wishing to swap to a healthier, more natural drink and are looking for an alternative to coffee.
Available as Granules, Powder, Organic and Dandelion, Barleycup comes in 200g jars (RRP £4.50)
I have been trying out Barleycup to see how well it slots into my life and if it can replace the need for that extra cup of coffee later on in the day. With my daily cups having risen from one or two to around 4 a day, it’s a big task for any drink to try and replace my staple.
The plan wasn’t to substitute all my daily cups of the black stuff, but more to swap over my ‘later in the day’ ones and substitute it for Barleycup. All you need to do is add 2 teaspoons of Barleycup to hot, not boiling water and you’re good to go. You can add milk and/or sugar to taste if you prefer or drink alone.
I have been drinking Barleycup to replace my lunchtime/early afternoon cup of coffee. When working from home, sometimes I lose track of time and don’t realise how late in the day it is before I grab another cup. So having Barleycup to hand has helped me swap my drink choice and save me from consuming too much caffeine too late in the day! Anything after 1 pm is a no go for me these days if I want to be asleep before midnight.
Originally, I tried it on its own. It really is a nice smooth drink that, for me, bears a heavy resemblance taste wise to black coffee. What I did find, however, was that I was getting quite a strong aftertaste drinking it this way.
So I sweetened my cup with a drop of skimmed milk and teaspoon of stevia. I have one sugar/sweetener in my cups of tea with milk. With coffee, unless flavoured I just take milk. But I found Barleycup was much more enjoyable drink with the milk and stevia for my taste buds. It also seems to eliminate most of the aftertaste. For me, it wasn’t any different to a regular hot drink.
Can Barleycup Fit Into My Life?
Sure, I have actually quite enjoyed trying it out. Having only received the powder and not the granules to try out I can’t comment on them but I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much a) I liked it and b) how similar taste wise to coffee it was. Now I had found how I preferred my drink, Barleycup became the drink of choice last weekend when I was home alone with the mammoth task of wrapping Christmas presents whilst getting my fill of Christmas films!
If you are looking to make some healthier changes to your lifestyle and/or diet this coming new year, try swapping out a cup of your usual hot drink to Barleycup as an alternative to coffee to see what added benefits it can bring you. Barleycup is available to buy from;
- Holland and Barrett
*DISCLAIMER: I WAS PROVIDED WITH SAMPLES TO TRY OUT BARLEYCUP AND WRITE ABOUT MY EXPERIENCES TRYING IT OUT. ALL THOUGHTS AND OPINIONS ARE MY OWN BASED ON THIS. I HAVE ALSO BEEN COMPENSATED FOR MY TIME AS A BARLEYCUP AMBASSADOR*