Innocente Orzo has a unique and delicate taste. Although it’s not exactly like coffee, it’s definitely in the coffee family of tastes. The taste can initially throw seasoned coffee drinkers, as it’s so much lighter than its ferocious black appearance suggests. It starts to kick in with the aftertaste, gradually building into a complex flavour, rather than the slap-in-the-face hit you get from conventional coffee. The three comparisons we most often hear are notes of chocolate, whiskey and Guinness.
2. It's caffeine free
We love strong coffee, but we’ve learnt to treat caffeine with respect. The analogy with alcohol is a good one; great and largely harmless in moderation, but risky if taken to excess. The difference is that instead of straining your liver, you’re putting pressure on your heart. We all know someone that can drink all night but never seems to get drunk, as we all know someone that can drink 20 espressos and sleep like a baby. Unfortunately, even in cases where it appears not to be taking a toll, the damage is still being done. In making the decision now to ween yourself onto a healthier alternative, you are putting yourself in a position to reap the long-term health benefits of a reduced-caffeine lifestyle.
3. It's naturally caffeine-free
There is no caffeine in barley.
The vast majority of decaf coffee has been decaffeinated by repeatedly washing it in solvents. Inevitably you’re drinking a certain amount of those chemicals every time you have a cup. A few of the higher-end coffees use something called the Swiss Water Process. There are no nasties in this, but as with conventional decaffeination there is always a certain amount of caffeine left in the coffee, and this can vary from as low as 2% to as high as 15% remaining.
If you want coffee, drink an unadulterated cup. If you want caffeine-free, drink Innocente.
4. It is the finest in the world
Well, we would say that, wouldn’t we? Fortunately we had the luxury of trying a lot of different orzos before we selected our supplier. We’ve also had the opportunity to give a cup to hundreds of Italians, many of whom said they didn’t know orzo could taste this good! If there is a better tasting caffe d’orzo, we’ve yet to try it.