History of Mugicha - The Canadian Barley Tea Company®

History of Mugicha

Mugicha, also known as barley tea, has a long history in Japan. It dates back to the Heian period (794-1185), where it was used as a refreshing summer drink.

During the Edo period (1603-1868), mugicha became more widely consumed among the general population. It was considered a healthy drink, believed to aid digestion and boost the immune system. It was also popular among samurai, who drank it to stay hydrated during long periods of battle.

In modern times, mugicha remains a popular drink in Japan, including for children. It's often served in schools as a healthy alternative to sugary drinks. Since mugicha has a mild, nutty flavor that is not too strong, it's a good choice for young taste buds.

Mugicha is also consumed in other parts of Asia, including Korea, where it is known as boricha, and China, where it is known as dàmàichá. It's becoming more popular in Western countries too, where it is appreciated for its unique flavour and health benefits.

mo'mugi is the first Canadian mugicha, and we're honoured to continue its long history, starting here in North America!