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Barley Tea – Mugicha

Barley tea (Mugicha) is a very popular drink in Japan made from roasted barley that is commonly consumed by adults and children alike!

It’s naturally caffeine-free and sugar-free, which makes this a perfect low-carb/keto beverage for the whole family! Typically served over ice it is a refreshing Japanese summertime favorite. 

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Barley tea has a fragrant, toasty flavor with slight bitter undertones.  It can be an acquired taste if you’re not used to it but in my opinion, I think it’s the perfect sugar-free refreshing drink on a hot summer day!  The best part is that Barley tea is cold brewed so all you do is drop a tea bag into a pitcher of water and place it in the refrigerator!

It can be consumed within minutes for a lighter flavor or cold brewed for hours if you prefer a stronger bolder flavor.  It’s also purported that barley tea is good for digestion, boosts the immune system, reduces stress, and increases weight loss.

So the next time you’re in search of a new refreshing summer beverage try some Mugicha.  It may be a game changer!

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Not only is Barley Tea a 0 carb beverage, it also contains 3 grams of fiber per serving.  So technically this is a negative carb drink!  And if your low-carb/keto, that’s exactly the kind of things you wanna hear!

For this recipe, the only ingredient you would need is the Barley Tea Bag (Mugicha), which can be picked up on Amazon or a local Asian supermarket.

Now, let’s get started!

Prepping Time 5M

Total Time 5M

Net Carb/Serv ~0g

Servings 1 Pitcher 



1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Place Barley Tea Bag in pitcher and fill with cold water.

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3) Depending on your preference, brew for 5 minutes or up to 3 hours.

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4) Serve in a glass filled with ice and enjoy.

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Hope you enjoy your low-carb/keto Barley Tea – Mugicha!! 

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Barley Tea - Mugicha

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Barley Tea - Mugicha. Enjoy this delicious drink at 0g Net Carb / Serving. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: Ketodrinks, ketojapanesetea, Ketotea, lowcarbdrinks, lowcarbjapanesetea, lowcarbtea
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Pitcher
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  • 1 Piece Barley Tea Bag
  • 1 L Water


  • Gather all the ingredients.
  • Place Barley Tea Bag in pitcher and fill with cold water.
  • Depending on your preference, brew for 5 minutes or up to 3 hours.
  • Serve in a glass filled with ice and enjoy.

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  1. LaurelClaire Bazarek

    Love this Tea!!! (1/2 my family is Japanese….). I drink every single day of the year! I like it even warm. Bait Thanks for posting…GREAT PICS!!!

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Thanks Laurel! Yup, hard to beat a nice cold glass of mugiha in the summertime (or warm in the winter)!

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