Barleycup Review

Written by: Helen


I love hot drinks.  Since having children I am especially particular about a morning coffee to help wake me up and get me going in the morning.  When I was pregnant with my second child I continued with the coffee but switched to decaf. I hadn’t then heard of Barleycup but I sure wish I had!

Now that I’m not pregnant I don’t mind having some caffeine but I still feel uneasy if I think I’m overdoing it.  Barleycup is a natural, caffeine-free alternative to your cup of Jo (out of interest does anyone know where that slang comes from? Who is Jo?).


What is Barleycup?

Barleycup is an instant cereal drink made from natural ingredients.  As I mentioned it is caffeine-free and is also gluten free and low in calories.  It is made from roasted barley, rye and chicory.  There is also a Barleycup with dandelion.


What does it taste like?

I’ll avoid beating round the bush and get to the most important question and the short answer is – delicious! I was sceptical as to whether I would actually be able to enjoy it in place of a cup of coffee (particularly my morning cuppa).  I wasn’t sure I would feel like I was getting my coffee fix.  However, I’m pleased to say that I enjoy it and drink it quite happily.  I found it very similar in taste to coffee, more so the more I drank it.  It can be drunk with or without milk.  Or if you’re looking for even more ways to use it then the Barleycup website has some other recipe ideas.  I’ve included a couple that I like the look of below.  Just click the titles to be taken to the page.


Morning Energy with Goji Berries


Energising Porridge


So, have you tried Barleycup?  Does it sound like something you would like?  Let me know your thoughts.  Thanks for reading.


I was sent Barleycup to try for free.  However, any opinions are my own and are honest.


  1. Veronica says:

    Thanks Helen. Hadn’t heard of this drink but am tempted to try it now. As I usually only have one (mid morning essential) coffee I don’t worry but a tasty substitute might cancel the extra trip (s) to the little room.

  2. Jane @ Nature Immerse says:

    When I first tried Barleycup, I loved the fact that it had a mild taste to it, not overpowering at all, but still strong enough to compete with tea and coffee. It is perfect just as it is, you can just add hot water (not boiling) to the 2 teaspoons of Barleycup or you can leave a little room in the cup for a drizzle of almond or coconut milk, I prefer to have it with almond milk as it makes it a little creamier.
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