ORGANIC

Organic Coffee

Coffee has been enjoyed for centuries because of its intense taste, rich and fragrant aroma, and mildly stimulating effect.

Various theories exist as to the origins of the coffee plant (Coffea Arabica). The most reliable theory is that it originated from the Middle East, although some believe that coffee comes from the Kaffa region of Ethiopia, which also gave ‘coffee’ its name.

Coffee has been known in Europe since the XVI century, but its widespread use is believed to have started after the defeat of the Ottoman army in the siege of the city of Vienna in 1683. The retreating army left behind a considerable amount of coffee, and the Austrians soon learned to enjoy the drink. It is in Austria that the first cafés were opened, where besides coffee various hot drinks and pastries were served. Increased demand led merchants to take coffee to countries where it could be harvested on a larger scale. In the XVIII century, the coffee plant was introduced into South America, and especially in Brazil where it found its ideal harvesting conditions, to the extent that coffee is still the country’s main source of income. Nowadays, coffee is produced in the tropical areas of Africa, America and Asia, and is drunk all over the world.

Properties of coffee: doctors and researchers believe that coffee stimulates brain activity and increases concentration. Caffeine acts on the cardiovascular and nervous system, reducing the sense of fatigue and increasing mental and physical abilities. Particularly when toasted, it also delivers some elements that our body needs, such as niacin or vitamin B3, manganese, zinc, copper, magnesium and potassium.

MixSana’s organic coffee is produced in a family-owned Italian business that, for almost 60 years, has been toasting and distributing coffee and barley of the highest quality, including organic products. This coffee is harvested in Ethiopian farms that are of certified origin, and which do not use chemical substances for harvesting and fertilisation. Toasting is also carried out through natural methods, in order to preserve the physical and chemical properties of coffee deriving from the toasting process.

Horzo (barley)

is one of the oldest cereals in the world. It was already known in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. Hippocrates recommended its use against various illnesses because barley is easily digested and has a high energy content.

Barley aids bone mineralisation, helps prevent respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, and it is recommended in cases of gastritis, colitis and cystitis. It can be eaten as a whole food, or it can be processed to produce flour that can be mixed with wheat flour in bread, or as flakes that can be either cooked or mixed with yogurt.

Barley makes an excellent coffee substitute: since it does not contain either caffeine or toxic substances, it has no side effects and can be safely consumed by children.

Our barley is ground as a whole seed and toasted manually. It is harvested in farms located in the valleys of Veneto (north-eastern Italy), following traditional methods that do not employ chemical fertilisers (this is the reason why we call it ‘PLUS’)

Our company sells barley in single-dose ‘Horzo’ capsules FAP, containing 7g of product each and individually sealed.

 

… did you know that the scientific name of barley, hordeum, originates from the Navajo language and indicates a way of life in harmony with nature, a form of inner peace that finds fulfilment in simple things. Through every cup of Horzo, Mixsana wishes to convey the same basic concept of its philosophy.

Barley is also available as Horzo Mix, hazelnut-flavoured.

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