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Barley Tea Benefits

Barley Tea is a staple in Korea and it’s brewed all-year-round, prepared hot and cold. See how to make barley tea properly using roasted barley kernels and tea bags. and I honestly never thought of trying this tea out but once you read all about Barley Tea Benefits, you might just want to try it as well. 

Barley Tea Benefits

Barley tea is an infusion of roasted barley kernels in water.

This tea is caffeine-free.

  • Barley tea is called boricua in Korean and mugicha in Japanese.
  • It’s a staple in every Korean household and it’s made hot and cold.


In order to know how to make this tea here is what I know about how to make this great tea

BREW IT HOT, if you want hot tea and not cold, this is for you!

TEA: 1.5 teaspoons barley kernels

WATER: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.)


STEEP TIME: 5 -10 minutes

BREW IT COLD, this one is easy to make as well try it out.

TEA: 1 barley tea bag

WATER: 4 cups (32 fl. oz.)


STEEP TIME: 1-2 hours


Whole roasted barley takes longer to brew but it’s my preferred method to make hot barley tea since the taste is so much more well-rounded and smooth than barley from tea bags. Barley in tea bags is not whole barley kernels but crushed barley. Having smaller pieces means the brewing process is made quicker but it lacks the depth of flavor you get from the whole kernel.

For hot barley tea use whole kernels, and for iced barley tea use teabags.

Now, I know there are some of you thinking in your heads as you read this. What does this one taste like? here is your answer.

What does barley tea taste like?

It has a toasted, nutty taste. it’s a bit of an acquired taste but I have never had it before.

Is there caffeine?

Barley tea doesn’t contain any caffeine, which is why it’s great to drink all day and night which is great for those who want something to have before bed.

Are there any calories?

Each serving has a whopping 2 calories! so this tea is great for those who are on a diet.

  • Use whole barley kernels to make hot tea. Use barley tea bags to make iced tea.
  • Barley tea can be found in every Korean and Japanese supermarket.
  • Unlike other cold-brewed teas that take 12 hours to make, iced barley tea only takes 1-2 hours.


  • Barley tea whole kernels
  • Filtered water
  • Kettle with a mesh strainer

what you’ll need to make Iced Barley Tea

  • Barley tea bags
  • Filtered water
  • Glass pitcher
  • Jumbo ice cube tray

How to make the Barley Tea:

STEP 1: Combine water and barley kernels in a kettle.

The best way to make hot barley tea is by using whole roasted barley kernels instead of teabags. (Tea bags are best for making iced barley.)

The formula is 1.5 teaspoons of barley kernels for every cup of water.

I make enough tea for one cup using a kettle with a mesh strainer so that’s using 2 tablespoons of loose whole roasted barley.

The best tea is one made with the best water. Use Tap water.

STEP 2: Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, and steep for 5 minutes.

On the stovetop, bring the water to boil. After water comes to a boil, turn off heat and steep for 5 minutes. If you want a strong brew, steep it for 10-15 minutes.

Brewing it for longer will result in a darker color and stronger taste.

STEP 3: Strain barley kernels and pour hot tea into a teacup.

You’ve now got yourself a nice cup of barley tea!

Barley Tea Recipe

The best way to make iced barley tea is to cold-brew it. Cold brewing is a method where you use cold water to slowly steep tea.

Cold brewing takes longer than making hot tea and then cooling it down, but it’s a preferred method for making any type of iced tea.

STEP 1: Put barley tea bag and water in a pitcher or glass container.

No need to boil any water when it comes to cold brewing tea. Use cool or room temperature water.

As with any tea you make, use tap water for the best tasting drink.

Each barley tea bag makes 4 cups, or one quart, of tea. I like using this cold brew glass pitcher.

STEP 2: Cover the pitcher and put in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours.

STEP 3: Discard tea bag and pour tea into a cup. Because cold-brewed tea is already chilled, you don’t need to add ice if you don’t want to.

Barley Tea Recipe

PREP TIME: 2 mins

STEEP TIME: 5 mins


YIELD: 4 servings


  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons roasted barley tea
  • Ice (for iced barley tea)


  • Combine water and barley kernels in a kettle. Tap water is best for a better tasting tea.
  • Bring to a boil, turn off the heat, and steep for 5 minutes. For a stronger brew, steep for 9-10 minutes
  • Strain barley kernels and pour hot tea into a teacup. You can use a mesh strainer if that is what you have. Place in a cup and enjoy 🙂


  • Put barley tea bag and cool or room temperature water in a pitcher or glass container. Tap water will make a better tasting iced tea.
  • Cover the pitcher and put in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours. After the time it’s in the fridge, remove it and then stir it a bit to mix all the tea together and then pour into your favorite cup Discard the tea bag and pour tea into a cup. Serve with or without ice.

There you have it, 2 recipes that will make your day even better. And they are super easy to make..right?

Okay, so if you’re liking this post and thinking. Hmm, where can I find more great teas like this? Go right here for that.

And if you’re wanting to bake something during this holiday season look right here for some great ideas for thanksgiving coming up.


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