My curiosity in chickory came after reading about it’s role during the American Civil War. The Northern blockade was successfully cutting off supplies to the Confederates. As a result, they were forced to improvise. Louisiana, formerly a French colony would often incorporate it to extend expensive coffee or replace it altogether.
Chickory offers a delicious, almost smoky flavor that regular coffee doesn’t have. Since we’ve taken to brewing “cold press” at home, no coffee is complete without one scoop of this companion. (A little goes a long way). It can be found online, specialty food stores or in coffee stores.