What’s My Coffee?

Q. About once every three weeks, someone calls my radio show or sends an email to ask this question: “I’ve heard you say many times which is your favorite kind of coffee at home. But I can’t remember. Tell me again, please. While you’re at it, would you tell me if there’s a decaf version of it?

A. My default coffee (I’m always tasting others, for research purposes) is Union Coffee and Chicory. I began enjoying it when I discovered that it was closest to the coffee in the French Market coffee stands–notably the cafe au lait at the Morning Call. I still have two big mugs of cafe au lair every morning, usually with Union. Other brands I like are CDM, Orleans Coffee, and the chicory blend roasted and blended by PJ’s, under the brand name “New Orleans Roast.”

Cafe Au Lait, my way.

Cafe Au Lait, my way.

I have never seen a decaf chicory blend. Chicory contains no caffeine at all, while accounting for some 65 percent of the flavor. The very dark-roast coffee also helps, because the darker the roast, the less caffeine it has. I drink it even late in the evening with no ill effects.

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  1. Bob on September 15, 2014

    CDM has a Decaf blend. It is in orange packaging and is very flavorful. Approximately $5 to $6 per 13 oz. pkg.

  2. Ogden on September 15, 2014

    CDM has a decaf coffee and chicory.