New Orleans Dreamin’: El Rey’s Chicory Latte

January 4, 2017 10:51 pm Last Updated: January 4, 2017 10:51 pm

This caffeine-free chicory latte from El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette, inspired by New Orleans chicory coffee, may not conjure up warmer weather outside, but you may rest a bit cozier knowing that chicory root is full of antioxidants and is good for digestion.

El Rey’s Chicory Latte


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  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lightly packed chicory
  • 8 ounces warm milk​
  • Sumac powder, for dusting


Simmer ​water, sugar, and chicory ​until reduced by half, to 2 cups​ of chicory syrup​​. ​​Add 1 ounce chicory syrup ​to ​8 ounces warm milk​ and t​op with sumac powder​.

Recipe courtesy of Mason Lindahl, chef, El Rey Coffee Bar & Luncheonette