Mardi Gras and Coffee in New Orleans

February 28, 2022

Mardi Gras is almost here! How will you celebrate? We think a little history of coffee and New Orleans is in order…

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is a holiday that has been celebrated for hundreds of years in various forms. It’s a time to indulge in rich foods, lavish costumed parties, and lively music before Lent begins. Mardi Gras has roots in Roman pagan traditions and strong ties to Christianity. It became popular in the American state of Louisiana, where it is a legal holiday thanks to French influence. Many of us associate New Orleans with Mardi Gras because the festivities in the Big Easy have been an American Carnival staple for more than 150 years. Mardi Gras was first celebrated in a tiny American settlement called Fort Louis de la Louisiane.

Both coffee and chicory have long been integral to New Orleans’ culture. While coffee was one of the city's major imports, chicory was popular among the French due to its low price. In the late 1800s, chicory coffee became so popular that it was nicknamed "New Orleans coffee" or "Creole coffee.” Chicory, the roasted root of an endive plant, was introduced as a coffee additive by the French in eighteenth-century New Orleans. Its first flavor notes are nutty and earthy, making it a great addition to any cup of coffee. Chicory’s flavor is enhanced when paired with milk and sugar, just like the local favorite café au lait. It also complements iced coffee because it gives the caffeinated blend a rich body.

No matter your viewing pleasure, whether it’s the music, parades, or culinary celebrations, a cup of coffee will pair perfectly with your Mardi Gras indulgence this March 1st! So pour out a cup and let the good times roll!Laissez les bons temps rouler!

 

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