You may have heard of adding chicory to coffee or drinking chicory coffee, you may wonder what chicory is. Is it a natural herb to flavor the coffee? Is it a type of bean such as the arabica bean?
Chicory is natural, but it’s not exactly an herb. It’s a full flower, and it’s the chicory roots that are added to coffee. Chicory naturally has a coffee taste, so it’s often used to enhance the coffee flavors. However, adding the root to coffee has been around for centuries.
The first documented use of chicory is from Napoleonic history, when Napoleon’s blockades caused a massive java shortage throughout the country in the early 1800s. Continue reading