Barley, Hordeum vulgare, is a staple grain that is the fourth largest cereal crop grown in the world. An ancient grain that grew wild throughout Eurasia, the remains of cultivated barley has been dated back to 17,000 BCE.

Roasted barley is a popular coffee alternative in Italy where it is known as “Caffé d’orzo”. Every coffee bar in Italy serves orzo brewed like cappuccinos or coffee!

Barley contains antioxidants known as proanthocyanidins (OPCs) that are water-soluble and readily absorbable from a cup of Teeccino. You’ve probably read about the lower rate of heart disease in France despite their high consumption of saturated fats. The “French Paradox” has been attributed to OPCs that are found in red wine and some foods like barley.

Although barley also contains gluten, brewed Teeccino is gluten free as verified by independent laboratory tests at the University of Nebraska, the top gluten testing laboratory in the US. Organic barley used in Teeccino is grown both in the US and Europe.