The world-famous Cafe Du Monde blends are treasured family secrets – but it’s possible to replicate them with some insider tricks! The key to learning how to make the legendary Cafe Du Monde coffee at home is to use a chicory element and serve every cup black or au lait – without exception.
Making The Perfect At-Home Cafe Du Monde Brew
Heat your milk to 170 degrees F (77C) and blend slowly with your coffee/chicory mix and carefully to exactly the caramel color you prefer.
Advice For Perfecting Your Cafe Du Monde Coffee
The above recipe is taken from the specialist New Orleans baristas. You don’t need years of experience or skill, but if you get those blends and textures just right, and you’ll be wowing your guests for years to come.
Cafe Du Monde Coffee Mixtures
As a Louisiana resident, Laura Fuentes shares a precise Cafe Du Monde recipe, backed by experience working in coffee roasting.
Ingredients For A Sublime Cafe Du Monde Brew
- Three-quarters of a cup of ground coffee beans – French roast.
- One-quarter of a cup of ground chicory.
Brewing Instructions For Cafe Du Monde Cafe Au Lait
- Mix your ground coffee and chicory in a bowl.
- Store the mixture together if you’re not using it at once.
- Measure a tablespoon of the blend per one cup of water.
- Heat half a cup of whole milk.
- Pour your warmed milk into a mug with an equal ratio of brewed chicory and coffee beans.
If you find the blend is a little strong, you can bring the ratio down and use more water for your next mug. It’s worth noting that the coffee is darker and stronger than you might be used to – a craft Cafe Du Monde beverage will be too dark to see through as you pour.
Choosing A Coffee Blend For Cafe Du Monde Style Drinks
Your coffee beans’ quality and flavor profile is the most influential factor in the taste you get from your brew – so if you’re after a sublime drink, it’s not the time to scrimp on cheap pre-ground coffee.
However, the big caveat here is that the signature coffee isn’t blended on-site!
The eminent cafe uses an off-site New Orleans roaster, and you can pick up a beautiful blend combining Robusta and Arabica beans that works like a dream.
What Is The Cafe Du Monde Brewing Process?
The cafe uses gorgeous beans, mixing grounds with roasted chicory (also called endive root) – although that precise ratio is a guarded mystery.
We’re told that the secret sauce is the coarse grinding technique, brewed with a classic French drip, with the hot water sprayed over the grounds rather than soaked or steeped as you might imagine.
It works incredibly well because the water draws out sugar from the natural chicory, and the slow brew means you get a seriously punchy flavor from the coffee.
Your best way to mimic Cafe Du Monde is to experiment with blended coarse-ground beans and sample chicory ratios until you’ve reached the sweet spot. If you think you’ve perfected your blend, let us know so we can share your blending tips!
Check out our other posts that cover topics such as the difference between Italian and French roasts, to learn more about the world of coffee.