Everyone knows that Italians love their coffee, but not many know how much they love caffè d'orzo (barley coffee). Orzo♥Coffee is the first to introduce in the UK the rich and smooth taste of organic Italian ground roasted barley (caffè d’orzo). This is Italy’s favourite alternative to coffee and its best kept secret.
Barley has been grown in Italy since ancient times. As an integral part of the Mediterranean diet it is used to make soups and breads. However, in the sixteen century when drinking coffee became popular with Europe’s aristocracy and middle-classes, poorer farmers thought of trying to roast and grind their trusted
barley instead. The rich, smooth and nutty drink, made from brewing the barley was considered the closest alternative to the exotic, but expensive imported coffee.
There are many varieties of barley (with many uses in the farming industry as well as in the food and drink industry). Orzo Coffee is made with a specific variety of barley, orzo mondo (hulless or naked barley). Naked barley differs from covered barley in that the grains thresh freely from the outer covers.
This variety is usually is usually seeded in early spring in the Veneto Region - to avoid the cold winter - and is ready to harvest in early summer.
As you can see below, orzo is almost ready for harvest in the fields of Veneto region as the rich soil and warm sunny days have performed their natural magic!
Once harvested the seeds of barley will be dried and stored and ready to be roasted and grounded to produce our lovely orzo coffee.
We have been visiting the Netherlands last week and wanted to share with you some photos of our always-happy-to-travel Orzo Coffee bag. We really enjoyed the cycle-friendly environment, the sun and the canals and hope you like our photos below.
in this blog you will find some curiosities, updates and events ...so treat yourself to a lovely cup of Orzo & enjoy the reading!