|1899 Cafe du Monde Ad|
It all started back in the Age of Discovery when explorers brought coffee back from the New World. Chicory had been cultivated in Europe and North Africa since Egyptian times but it was the Dutch in the 17th century that thought it would be a great idea to mix roast chicory root with coffee. The idea was revisited again during the Napoleonic Wars when France was having a hard time importing coffee through the English blockade. In the USA though chicory coffee is synonymous with New Orleans. They didn't drink it this way originally though, it took the Union Blockade during the Civil War to bring chicory and coffee together in Louisiana and indeed through the Southern Confederacy. Louisiana and New Orleans have continued this tradition to this day. If you ever visit New Orleans, Jackson Square boasts the ubiquitous tourist trap of Cafe du Monde, where one can get chicory coffee and beignets, French style deep fried pastries loaded down with copious amounts of powdered sugar.
|1962 French Market Ad|
traditional coffee biggin however they are expensive, the method is tedious and the pots you find on Ebay are rusted to hell and gone and not suitable for use anymore. So, drip coffeemaker it is, and if you're going to use one I suggest krups coffee makers, after all they made great artillery through 2 world wars... Your ratio is going to be 1:3, i.e. 1 scoop chicory to 3 scoops coffee. Mix it together slightly and brew as normal. And that's it, enjoy the smoothest tastiest cup of coffee you've ever had in your life. If you try this, please come back and comment, I want to know if I've converted you.
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