Chicory has a slightly peppery, well-spiced aroma and can be brewed by itself or blended with your favorite roasted coffee. Chicory is more soluble in water than coffee so you can use less when brewing and still yield servings that look and taste quite strong. Chicory does not contain caffeine.
Chicory is the roasted and ground root of the cultivated plant species, Chicorium Intybus, subspecies Sativum. It was used as a coffee filler in Europe and eventually found its way to New Orleans. Since then it has become a local favorite.