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How to Brew a Delicious Cup of Chicory With a French Press

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Nightcat enjoys cooking and was once a hot-foods worker in a previous life. She enjoys passing on tips for home chefs of all levels.

Chicory Is NOT Coffee

Chicory is a wonderful root that gives coffee a run for its money. The humble root comes from the endive plant, so it is no surprise that people cook and eat it as well. But we are here to brew a cup of chicory, something a lot of folks don't know a thing about.

If your doctor ever sits you down and says, "No coffee, not even decaf," chicory comes to the rescue. Or maybe you noticed it is cheaper than coffee and wanted to try it out. After all, they drink it in New Orleans, and it is a huge part of the food scene at Emeril's, according to a slew of products. So let's get brewing.

Chicory Ingredients and Supplies

Chicory Ingredients and Supplies

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients and Supplies

  • 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon chicory
  • Boiled water
  • 1 mug
  • French press
  • Sweetener (optional)
  • Creamer (optional)

Note: Chicory can be strong. One teaspoon can make some folks happy; some need at least a tablespoon.

French presses aren't just for coffee—they brew delicious chicory as well!

French presses aren't just for coffee—they brew delicious chicory as well!

Step 2: Add Chicory and Boiled Water to French Press

  1. Put your kettle on to boil.
  2. Add chicory to French press. At least one teaspoon, more if desired.
  3. When water is ready, add the desired or recommended level and put the top of the press on loosely. Be sure not to push the press down yet because the pressure will send boiling water all over the place. You don't want to forget and learn that lesson the hard way, trust me on that. It also gives your chicory room to float up and down on water thermals as it brews. Seriously, chill out and watch it sometime. It's like a lava lamp.

Tip: I've been experimenting with herbs and spices to make herbal tisanes with chicory. I recommend trying an add-in like black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, fennel, bay, or sage.

Brewing chicory in a French press is just the same as brewing coffee.

Brewing chicory in a French press is just the same as brewing coffee.

Step 3: Brew

Brew for at least 5 minutes. Carefully press the plunger down. Be super careful. And keep your hands away from where steam or hot water may shoot out. I don't want you scared of it, just don't slam down on the top like it's a game show buzzer, OK?

Chicory is delicious as is or with add-ins!

Chicory is delicious as is or with add-ins!

Step 4: Pour and Enjoy!

Pour your perfect brew, and sweeten and add creamer if desired. Enjoy!

The finished product—a steaming mug of chicory.

The finished product—a steaming mug of chicory.

Chicory can have some great health benefits, but please make sure to contact your doctor or druggist before changing your diet to make sure it won't have any adverse effects or drug interactions.

And no, I don't think it cures any disease or give a fairy her wings or anything like that. But it is tasty and good for when the coffee has got you seeing things that aren't there or staring at the ceiling at four AM.

I did unearth a page of lore for the humble plant, though as witchy folks know it makes a difference if you are talking about the leaf kind you nibble on or the root plant which are different members of the same family. Still, a lot of the lore does make sense. You will certainly be frugal if you are rasing your own plants or buying ground to brew.

And going off the caffeine, or at least cutting it in half New Orleans style will certainly remove the obstacles of nervousness and jumping straight into the air at every tiny surprise. If giving a chance this worldwide treat can become your go to brew when you’ve had enough joe or are tired of herbal teas.

Pumpkin Almond Chickory

Pumpkin Almond Chickory

Pumpkin Almond Chicory

Brew as above, then add pumpkin creamer and almond milk as desired.

How to Make Your Own Chicory

Liked the article? Annoyed folks call it coffee? Know a better way to brew it? Fire away!

© 2012 Nightcat

Thirsty for Chicory?

Nightcat (author) on March 04, 2014:

@Spoza_di_Serpente: Thank you, Spoza_di_Serpente! It is wonderful to have as a treat or every day, very soothing compared to traditional coffee. Thanks for sharing your memories as well! :)

Spoza_di_Serpente on March 04, 2014:

I've got to try this. My great aunt used to drink chicory, and something else that was a grain (forgotten the name), but I didn't even like coffee when I was younger, so I never tried it. It looks really tempting with the pumpkin spice and almond milk.