Caffeine Trivia 03.28.14

Coffee first came to North America by way of
New Orleans back in the mid-1700’s. It was
successfully cultivated in Martinique about
1720, and the French brought coffee with
them as they began to settle new colonies
along the Mississippi.  The taste for coffee
and chicory was developed by the French
during their civil war. Coffee was scarce
during those times, and they found that
chicory added body and flavor to the brew. The Acadians from
Nova Scotia brought this taste and many other french customs
(heritage) to Louisiana. Chicory is the root of the endive plant.
Endive is a type of lettuce. The root of the plant is roasted and
ground.  It is added to the coffee to soften the bitter edge of
the dark roasted coffee. It adds an almost chocolate flavor to
the Cafe Au Lait served at
Cafe Du Monde.
The Cafe Du Monde Coffee and Chicory is
traditionally served Au Lait, mixed half and
half with hot milk. However, people have a
personal preference on how they like their 
coffee.  People like their coffee strong
and black, or with sugar; maybe with a
little more milk, or maybe a little weaker
brew.  Personal note:  Cafe Du Monde is a
must for any visitor to New Orleans.  Even this “Starbucks
Aficionado” makes many trips to Cafe Du Monde each and
every time I am in New Orleans.  I even bring home a couple of
cans of it’s famous coffee with chicory.
Source: Cafe Du Monde history
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