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New Orleans Coffee: A Rich History
New Orleans Coffee: A Rich History
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New Orleans Coffee: A Rich History

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One of the flavors most associated with New Orleans is chicory coffee. But what is chicory? And how did the culinary traditions of the city come to be steeped in it? 

Back in the early 1800s, New Orleans was the second largest port in the country and the fourth largest in the world. Coffee has been the dominant import of the city for centuries and its global love affair led it to become the second largest legally traded commodity world wide. In fact, the majority of the nation’s coffee is roasted here even today! 

Discover how the sale of cafe au lait empowered enslaved women to hone their entrepreneurial skills and eventually purchase their freedom. Their push carts predate Cafe du Monde’s founding and successful rise as an internationally recognized brand. Learn about Cafe Brulot: a boozy, after-dinner, flaming! coffee recipe perfected for President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s dinner at iconic Antoine's Restaurant in the French Quarter. 

Celebrate this holiest of caffeinated brews as Suzanne Stone recounts the history of coffee in New Orleans.