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I regularly scour the shelves of my local health food shop for new additions to my cupboards and the other day I came across a caffeine free instant Barleycup cereal drink which I fancied giving a go. It is called Barleycup and is made from 100% roasted barley, rye and chicory. I love hot drinks so was very excited to give this go.


For my first try I followed the directions on the jar which suggests 1tsp of Barleycup in a cup with boiling water, with milk / sugar / honey to taste – I used Oatly as my milk and added a squirt of agave nectar. I have to say this version wasn’t so pleasant as it was quite watery and bitter.

However, I perservered and tried again the next day determined that I could make it work!

For my second attempt with my Barleycup I made a paste with the Barleycup powder and a splash of Rice Dream, then topped this up with Oatly and a squirt of agave nectar heated in a pan til hot. This was a much better version as the Oatly made it slightly thicker and the Rice Dream and agave nectar gave it the slight sweetness it needs.

For me this drink would be an occasional treat, and in being so it’s one I thoroughly enjoy when I have it. The chicory gives it a comforting, warming smokey flavour and it’s adaptable too – adding cinnamon, using  Vanilla / Hazelnut & Almond Rice Dream, having it with cold milk and ice and blitzed to make an iced barley drink would all work giving the Barleycup a different twist to suit your tastes.

If you’re a fan of hot drinks and are looking to cut out caffeine Barleycup is definitely an option worth trying.

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    September 30, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I live in Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK. The local Holland & B arret shop has stopped stocking Barleycup. Do you know of a shop in this area that sells BC?

    Thank You

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    October 1, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    hey, I’ve had a quick scout online but unfortunately haven’t been able to find any retail stores that stock it.

    there are however a couple of online delivery sites you can use – Holland & Barrett do online delivery at http://www.hollandandbarrett.com or http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk and http://www.planetorganic.com also sell Barleycup. there are also alternative brands to Barleycup, http://www.revital.co.uk sell Bambu.

    I hope this helps, good luck with your search. I hope you’re able to find somewhere.


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    January 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    It is delicious with honey and a small bit of milk!

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    July 7, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Hi. I am searchign online to find more information about the manufacturer of this product, but there is non, like if Barleycup just fall from the sky. 🙂 I see you are quite passionate about this stuff, do you have any additional information about it? I dont have a jar handy, maybe on the label they say something about manufacturer, distributer or importer for UK? COuld you pls help me with that? it would be much appreciated. All the best. Thanks alot!

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    July 14, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Mihaela – I found some info that might help, the manufacturer of Barleycup was the British company Ridpath Pek Ltd., which was recently acquired by the U.S. meat processing company Smithfield Foods Inc. and merged them with Norwich Food Company Ltd. to form Smithfield Foods Ltd. UK. Hope that helps and if you need more information let me know.

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    March 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Hi, I’m from portugal and there barley is as common as coffee on the supermarket shelfs. Nestle sells their own brands of it, don’t know why here in uk they don’t have it tho

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    November 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I’m assuming there is gluten in Barleycup. I’m trying to find out if that is so and would there be much. Cos as far as detoxing goes we all know coffee is out, and so is gluten, so would decaf be better than barleycup?

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    March 4, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Lembas in Sheffield, a wholefood wholesaler open to the public sell it. You can get it cheap 6 jars at a time. I’ve been drinking it black with a dash of cinammon for years.

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