New Orleans Coffee: A Rich History

by Suzanne Stone with contributions from David Feldman

From the publisher: New Orleans history is steeped in coffee. Outside the Cathedral of St. Louis in Jackson Square, early entrepreneurs like Old Rose provided eager churchgoers with the brew, and it was sold in the French Market beginning in the late 1700s. Café du Monde and Morning Call started serving café au lait more than a century ago. People gathered for business, socializing, politics and auctions at five hundred coffee exchanges and shops in the 1800s. Since 1978, myriad specialty coffee shops have opened to meet increasing demand for great coffee. Author Suzanne Stone presents the full story of this celebrated tradition, including how chicory became part of the city’s special flavor.

Suzanne is a volunteer docent at the Historic New Orleans Collection and is semi-retired from executive positions in nonprofit organizations. Suzanne works as a tour guide, presenting French Quarter, Garden District, culinary history, cemetery and ghost tours, as well as two unique tours: Jewish New Orleans and Women of New Orleans. She is the 2017 recipient of Friends of the Cabildo’s Golden Shoe Award. Her previous book is Volunteering Around the Globe: Life-Changing Travel Adventures.

The History Press, 2019