Le Fou Frog Blend
|Roaster Location:||Kansas City, Missouri|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Roast Level:||Very Dark|
|Review Date:||September 2006|
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
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.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2006 tasting report: Experimenting with Tradition: Naturally Flavored Coffees