Chicory Coffee: A Slow-Roasted New Orleans Tradition

Before going to New Orleans, I had never tasted chicory coffee and didn’t even have a very good idea of what it actually was. Its taste can be pretty polarizing, and yet chicory coffee is served in some of the best restaurants in Louisiana. Ever tried it?

This coffee is made from the root of the endive plant, the same endive that we eat in salads. The root is roasted, ground, and blended with actual coffee. It adds body to the coffee and is said to mellow out coffee’s bitter edge, though the coffee I tried still tasted plenty bitter to me!

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