Chicory root has been used for thousands of years, and was popularly used as a coffee additive in 19th century France when coffee was scarce. The French noticed that chicory added new depth to the flavor of coffee and had additional health benefits. This tradition has waned in France as coffee became widely available again, but carried over to become part of New Orleans' unique legacy. However, you do not need to be in New Orleans to enjoy this delicious and healthful drink, nor do you have to ingest coffee at all. You can make roasted chicory root "coffee" right at home! From the earth to your mug.