Gulf Coast Coffee- The Birthplace of Coffee in America
The Brits have their tea, and the French have their coffee. Long before coffee shops sprung up in Boston after that famous tea party, French settlers were brewing beans on the bayou. 1699 saw the first permanent European settlement on the Gulf Coast, Fort Maurepas, near Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
New Orleans, founded in 1718, became one of the largest importers of coffee in the United States. With the blockade of the harbor during the Civil War, New Orleanians stretched their coffee stores by mixing in roasted chicory root. Being good southerners, they’d also add a little lard to give the chicory a little face. After the war, the city remained a culinary hub for America, which is an attitude and tradition that extends along the Gulf Coast.