Ezra Koenig and his band, Vampire Weekend, love horchata. What about you?
Horchata de chufa is a popular drink from Valencia. It is made of tigernuts, water and sugar, and is served cold during the summer throughout Spain. If you like almonds, hazelnuts and milk, you’ll probably like it, but it has a very peculiar taste, you either love it or hate it. We love it!
It's delicious, very nutritional and it can even replace milk for people who are lactose intolerant. You can order it in many cafés, but not every establishment has the original product from Valencia. There is a Regulatory Council that ensures the quality and origin of the chufas with protected designation of origin. In Mexico, they also make horchata, but they use rice instead of tigernuts.
If you are in Madrid, the best place to find this product is Horchatería Alboraya. They receive the tigernuts from their own fields in Alboraya and then, they make the horchata in Madrid. Here, you can see the owner, José Luis Monrós, explaining the process:
These are my favourite horchaterías in Barcelona. When you drink horchata, it’s common to buy some fartons, too (a pastry from Valencia). Enjoy!
La Valenciana C/Aribau, 16 (Eixample area) They’ve been in business since 1910! Close to UB (Universidad de Barcelona) and not far from Plaza Cataluña.
Sirvent C/Parlament, 56 and C/Balmes, 130 (Sant Antoni and Eixample area)
In business since 1920!
Eltío Che Rambla del Poblenou, 44 Poble Nou area, not far from the beach.