Barley Coffee Substitute Recipe

This Barley Coffee Substitute Recipe makes a low-cost, natural coffee-flavored drink using baked barley grain.


| September/October 1977


Make your own natural coffee using this Barley Coffee Substitute Recipe.

Barley Coffee Substitute Recipe

Barley — either by itself or in combination with other grains — makes a surprisingly good mock Java, too. And — at 20 to 25¢ per pound — the price is certainly right.

Mrs. R. Van Ryzin of Stratford, Wisconsin recommends the following procedure: First, spread a thin layer of barley (husks and all) onto a cookie sheet . . . then place the sheet inside a 425 degree oven and bake the grain (stirring frequently) until it's uniformly dark brown. Finally, grind the browned barley in an old coffee mill, food mill, or blender.

To make "Java", just perk one heaping teaspoon of barley per cup of water. Says Mrs. Vans Ryzin: "You won't believe the aroma. To me, it's just like Great Grandma's house used to smell in the early morn!"


Read more about coffee substitutes: Make Your Own Coffee Substitutes.





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