Most people can’t start their day right without coffee. In my case though, it’s the opposite – a cup of coffee can give me some allergic reactions such as heart palpitations, sometimes, even headache. I belong to the group who can only enjoy coffee through sniffing. I love the smell of it, it reminds me many things of my childhood.
I did drink coffee before, many times. But the heart palpitation that I experienced after finishing a cup had gotten worst when I was in my early 20’s. These days, when I’m in a coffee shop, I always end up ordering their decaf drinks. When I’m at home though, I had no choice but to have a choco drink or milk, yeah like a kid!
Last month, I got the chance to know about a new coffee substitute in the country – BARLICO. The fact that it’s a caffeine-free coffee, given my situation, it certainly is a must-try product. Below are some of the important facts:
- healthy and caffeine-free coffee alternative brand popular in the Middle East and Egypt
- made of barley and chicory (barley – a major cereal grain and chicory – a close relative of lettuce and cabbage; both have good health benefits).
- 100% caffeine-free and made from all-natural ingredients
Barlico has four flavors:
- Barley and Chicory Instant Coffee Substitute
- 3-in-1 : Barley and chicory + Non Dairy Creamer & Sugar
- Cappuccino: Barley and Chicory Coffee Substitute + Foam Creamer
- Barley and Chicory Instant Hot Chocolate
My Take On Barlico
It’s been 2 weeks now that I’m drinking Barlico daily for my breakfast and so far, no instances of heart palpitation which is good news for me!
As for my milk supply, I don’t pump so I only based my observation on the let-down that I have every feeding. Honestly, my Martina is now 17 months, I no longer feel a strong letdown but lately, I’m feeling it and I even had it twice on my left breast (the bigger one because Martina favors my left breast more). I guess it’s because of the Barlico.
As for the taste, all flavors taste great but since I have a sweet tooth, I always add 1 tsp. of sugar. If I have to choose flavors though, I’ll have the 3-in-1 and the instant coffee (mixing it with milk), probably because they taste like coffee which what I’m looking for in the first place.
So, should I recommend Barlico to coffee-sensitive people and pregnant/breastfeeding mommies? My answer is a big YES!
Thankfully, Barlico is already available here in Cebu. You can buy it at Colonade Supermarket in Mandaue and in Colon at a very affordable price per sachet (not per box). For more details about Barlico, you can visit their website at http://www.barlico.ph/.
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