American Coffee Company
French Market Special Blend
|New Orleans, Louisiana
The chicory in this moderately dark-roasted blend announces itself tactfully but distinctly in the peppery mouthfeel, spicy, resiny notes (think rosemary stored in a scorched cedar box), with a hint of round, slightly, salty fruit underneath - Chinese salt plums perhaps.
This traditionally styled blend of moderately dark-roasted coffee and roasted chicory root is served at New Orleans' Emeril's restaurant, namesake of famed New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse. It is roasted and blended by family-owned American Coffee, the same company that produces the widely distributed red cans of French Market Coffee and Chicory. American Coffee also offers a substantial range of chicory-free specialty coffees. Visit
Who Should Drink It
Those who enjoy (or think they might enjoy) a sort of peppery, fruity backbone to a nicely dark-roasted coffee. Roasted chicory is, as they say, an acquired taste, but so is coffee itself.
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This review originally appeared in the April, 2004 tasting report: Coffee from Celebrity Chefs (or their Restaurants)