Le Fou Frog Blend by The Roasterie Review | CoffeeReview.com
  • The Roasterie

    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Le Fou Frog Blend

Roast: Medium Review Date: September 2006
Origin: Not disclosed. Price: $11.95/12oz

Blind Assessment: (Pre-ground coffee and roasted chicory root) Bright, gently acidy aroma with distinct lemon notes and a hint of raisiny chocolate. In the cup delicately lively with a slight spicy, peppery character and clear lemon and floral top notes. Clean, rich finish.

Notes: The roasted and ground root of the chicory plant has been used as a coffee substitute and additive since at least napoleonic times, when a British blockade prevented imports of coffee into French-controlled Europe and chicory was popularized as a substitute. Unlike many other grain-based coffee substitutes, chicory, with its syrupy body, prune-toned fruit and peppery mouthfeel, established a cultural niche based on its own sensory merits. The Roasterie produces this blend of coffee and roasted chicory root for the New-Orleans themed restaurant Le Fou Frog in the Kansas City area. The Roasterie is a leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that buys exceptional green coffees and emphasizes its commitment to "air roasting," a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit www.theroasterie.com or call 800-376-0245 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those looking for a balanced chicory-coffee blend in which the chicory adds body and a spicy depth to an obviously distinguished coffee.


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