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Posted Tue Dec 13, 2011, 8:57am
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Well I had never heard of making espresso from barley so I did some google searches and I guess it is a trend that is growing in Italy as a coffee alternative. Apparently a different machine is used. Click Here (myitalianshopping.blogspot.com) and Click Here (www.grancaffevuotto.com) also here is discussion on the topic Click Here (forums.egullet.org)
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Posted Tue Dec 13, 2011, 9:12am
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Well I had never heard of making espresso from barley so I did some google searches and I guess it is a trend that is growing in Italy as a coffee alternative. Apparently a different machine is used. Click Here (myitalianshopping.blogspot.com) and Click Here (www.grancaffevuotto.com) also here is discussion on the topic Click Here (forums.egullet.org)

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I read the article, pretty interesting especially this part: " Why do Italians love Barley Espresso? First, there is a long list of health benefits to drinking Barley Espresso. But I discovered another cause as I spoke with our limousine driver on our return trip to the airport. Italian often enjoy Espresso socially which leads to consuming a lot of Espresso! Our limo driver said that at a certain point, he has to give up the espresso shots and switch to a shot of Barley Espresso. Since in Italian society it would be an offense to refuse the invitation to drink espresso together, Barley Espresso provides a healthy way to remain social. The barley espresso is the newest addition to the healthy lifestyle in Italy. Organic Barley Espresso in E.S.E. pods is the healthiest espresso alternative!"

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Posted Tue Dec 13, 2011, 9:49am
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That makes sense, Len, particularly since many of the Italian blends are reported to contain Robusta.

 
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Posted Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:04am
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frcn Said:

That makes sense, Len, particularly since many of the Italian blends are reported to contain Robusta.

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It is pretty interesting when you think about it; how too much caffeine plus societal mores is the impetus in creating a new drink.

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It is pretty interesting when you think about it; how too much caffeine plus societal mores is the impetus in creating a new drink.

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So . . . not even the Italians will touch decaf?!?!?!  Or is decaf robusta even worse than decaf arabica?  (Inquiring minds, and all that . . . . )

 
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Posted Tue Dec 13, 2011, 10:19am
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

So . . . not even the Italians will touch decaf?!?!?!  Or is decaf robusta even worse than decaf arabica?  (Inquiring minds, and all that . . . . )

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Hey, being English and all I cannot speak for them.  Now decaf robusta, that has as much caffeine as regular arabica, right?

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Posted Tue Dec 13, 2011, 12:12pm
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jezekilj Said:

Wow guys slow it down what a welcome?

First espresso is not made only from coffee beans You can make it from roiboost tea or from barley.

Espresso means "expressed" not in particular the coffee.


Secondly your answer is rude and un polite .

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I think you read something into my post that was not present, namely tone. Perhaps I could have phrased my answer in  more careful way, but my intent was only to see if you really want to brew barley, or if you're just trolling (it is, after all, the internet). I don't see how my response was rude, but I suppose from your perspective it could be seen as such, as most of us are confused as to why you'd call brewed barley espresso. I think that topic has sufficiently been covered by  now though, sorry for the misunderstanding.
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JasonBrandtLewis Said:

So . . . not even the Italians will touch decaf?!?!?!  Or is decaf robusta even worse than decaf arabica?  (Inquiring minds, and all that . . . . )

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Hmm.. To me decaf Robusta sounds like trying to combine matter and anti-matter: no good can come of it, particularly since the taste that became the "traditional" Italian flavor reportedly came out of the poor economic times between the wars and was mainly a blend of low-cost Brazil and low-cost Robusta. I throw some quality monsooned Malabar into my blend once in a while, but can you imagine the taste of decaffeinated cheap Robusta? How would you sell it?? "All the taste of a Schwinn 26x2.75" and none of the caffeine!"

 
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Posted Tue Dec 13, 2011, 4:17pm
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"All the taste of a Schwinn 26x2.75" and none of the caffeine!"

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Hilarious Randy LOL!! {:-D

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