Friday, August 3, 2012

Roasted Barley Tea -Mugicha (麦茶)


Roasted Barley Tea- Mugicha is all time favorite tea in Japan. Serve hot in winter and cold in summer. Mugicha is very healthy tea as it's free of caffeine and contains a lot of minerals. The taste is very delicious as well natural sweet and nice aroma of roasted barley. You can easily find a bottle of Mugicha on vending machine or in a convenient store in Japan. But It can be easily prepared at home as the ready made teabag is also available. There are many brands available in the market in a form of teabag or roasted loose grain type. I prefer to buy a teabag type as I do not need to measure each time to simmer it. It's very common that Mugicha is served at Japanese restaurants before a meal or even after meals as a hot one. 

Benefit of drinking this tea is;
  • Reduce stress
  • Control cholesterol
  • Antibacterial
  • Impurities the body
  • Contains vitamin B1, B2 and iron
  • Moistens the skin

Preparation method
1 or 1.5 liter water
1 teabag

Hot brewing:
  1. Bring water to boil, add tea bag and turn heat off.
  2. Leave it for 5 minutes 
  3. Take out the tea bag and leave it cool.
  4. Chill it in the fridge  
 Cold brewing:
  1. Put the tea bag in a cold water jug.
  2. Chill it in the fridge for 2 hours.
  3. Take teabag out
  4. When it gets chilled it ready to serve.
I personally prefer the hot brewing type as its more robust and tasty. Cold brewing gives a lighter taste but also refreshing  as hot brewing. For hot serving, skip cooling process. Serve immediately after simmering.


2 comments:

  1. Look so refreshing! I remember drinking this sweet Mugicha on my visit to Japan lat year. Its really nice taste and aroma. Thanks for the brewing method.

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