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Monday 16 January 2023

Chicory root coffee

 Now as you know I'm not a coffee drinker but it is useful to experiment with foraged plants to see what uses they have, chicory is one of them, we all know its a coffee substitute but is wild chicory different than shop bought?

5 minutes picked enough roots to use

Chopped and ready for roasting, in the oven for about 45 minutes till dry and slightly golden brown

Fully roasted and into the blender

Once blended it was mixed with hot water, allowed to infuse for 3 or 4 minutes then poured through a coffee filter

We then tried it black and it was ok though a little bitter so the addition of some milk and a spoonfull of sugar made it quite acceptable, nothing like shop bought chicory coffee at all and more like a malted drink like horlicks. I think I'd still prefer tea but in an emergency situation I think most people would find it quite acceptable and certainly more palatable than shop bought.

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