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Can anyone tell me how to brew chicory properly?

The nice man at Peets said he thought it could be made in my stovetop espresso maker (the two-chambered metal kind that sits on a burner) and told me to grind it finely first. I did this until it looked about the same grain size as the coffee I ordinarily use, but once the water boiled in the lower chamber the chicory gummed up the whole works and the poor little espresso maker started making a horrific, shrill whistling noise. It was clearly in agony. I had to turn it off, take it apart, and flush it thoroughly. It hasn't been the same since.

Now I've got a bunch of chicory and no idea what to do with it. Could it be so simple as just putting it in a normal cone cup-top filter and pouring hot water over it? How much should I use per cup?

Advice?

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  1. do you have roasted chicory root?

    if so, it is usually used to augment coffee, not replace it completely - usually about 20% chicory. the chicory root is more water soluable than coffee - it will absorb water much more readily than coffee - hence the gumming up of your espresso maker. Your best bet for a high percentage chicory brew is to use a french press.

    the manual cone top method would also work...but you may have to babysit as the chicory absorbs a lot of water before releasing it...unlike coffee...

    fresh chicory leaves are a completely different thing - they are suitable for salad - kind of like dandelion leaves.

    Steve-O

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    1. re: steveO

      Where does one find roasted chicory root? Not asking for specific stores, just general direction about where to look (supermarket? Costco? BBQ supply store?)

      1. re: Pei

        You can find chicory root on Amazon.com.