"Trust my gut", as the saying goes. If you take care of your gut, you would feel sharper and more alert.
And that's what Roasted Barley is - a soothing tonic for your gut. This simple rustic infusion of roasted barley (Mugicha in Japanese and Boricha / Horicha in Korean) is often served with a meal instead of water in a Korean household.
Roasted Barley is a traditional Korean brew which has a light earthy flavour is considered to be a healthy digestive tea.
Korean often serve Roasted Barley tea light and chilled.
The roasted flavour is sometimes compared to coffee (without coffee"s strength bitterness or caffeine). It is often served chilled in the summer.
Roasted barley tea along with many grains (eg corn) fruits (eg citrus peel) and medicinal foods (eg ginseng) are also used in making tea in Korea.
According to Livestrong.com:
Barley is a caffeine-free grain and the Colorado State University Extension says that it contains minerals and vitamins that helps to prevent diabetes, maintain an adequate weight and reduce cholesterol. That is possibly why mugicha is often associated with health benefits, not all of which are scientifically proven."