I made this delicious beverage last night at about 11pm and then again at 2am – and it was so good that I had to post about it on facebook! Today I noticed that quite a few people have commented on it, seeming inspired and curious what it was. Remembering just how good it really was, I made some more for myself this morning and then thought to blog about it:
Grain coffee is also simply known as “coffee substitute”, which depending on the brand consists of malted (sprouted) and roasted grains, sometimes chicory and beet roots. This on it’s own is a treat, which I find richer, sweeter, far less bitter and acrid than coffee, and doesn’t contain the caffeine!! Caffeine gives us a lift, but I prefer the ground, where real harmony is. The malting and roasting of these grains mean that they have very little phytates and lectins to create problems for most who normally are sensitive to grains, plus they are warming and building for the digestion, and roasted barley is especially known for checking loose or watery bowels (or diarrhea), but may not be ideal for those with constipation. Rye is a bitter grain, which is typically cooling, but because of the roasting adopts a warming quality – but is an excellent grain for those trying to reduce any excess issues – whether it be weight, high blood pressure, candida, cancer and so on. So on it’s own, it’s a little bit of a tonic – to dry, warm, reduce and tonify the digestion.
But then!!!!… I added some goodies to sweeten and add warmth to my evening:
- coconut cream; I’ve been feeling like fat lately, and the richness of this (although initially cooling) warms me up
- maple syrup; decadence
So there it is – stirred it up, drank it down, and repeated. Of course you can add whatever you’d like to it. Chocolate is quite nice, I might try that next!