Orleans Coffee Exchange
Big Easy Coffee with Chicory
|Roaster Location:||Kenner, Louisiana|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||September 2006|
Blind Assessment: (Pre-ground coffee and roasted chicory root) Chicory strongly influences but does not dominate the coffee in this rather lively blend. In the aroma warm, spicy fruit and aromatic wood notes. Brightly and sweetly acidy in the cup, with a gentle, peppery lemon complication. The chicory has the last, tingling word in the 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. This is one of three coffee-with-chicory blends offered by New Orleans Coffee Exchange, aka Coffee Roasters of New Orleans, a fine small-batch specialty roaster that made it through the Katrina ordeal with grit and persistence. Visit
Who Should Drink It: A refreshing version of the chicory coffee experience.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2006 tasting report: Experimenting with Tradition: Naturally Flavored Coffees