#NOLAWeek: Cafe Du Monde If I Do!

#NOLAWeek: Cafe Du Monde If I Do!

Cafe Du Monde, a veritable Versailles of dark roasted coffee with chicory, beignet pastries with an overload of powdered sugar, and a living piece of New Orleans history. Cafe Du Monde opened its Decatur Street location in 1862; it may well be the oldest coffee house in America. It’s open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 364 days a year (closed only on Christmas), serving coffee brewed in enormous urns traditionally served in the au lait style, mixed with hot milk from identical enormous urns.

Did we dunk? Ooh, you bet we did. We dunked those little beignets until the coffee glowed with dissolved beignet grease, the powdered sugar recombining as a slurry sludge in the bottom of our mugs. We dunked, we chewed, we spooned the goop. It was delicious. We were unsure if the beignets we had just eaten were really as good as we thought they were so we ordered seconds. Is it a world-class specialty coffee experience? God, no. Is it delightful, terrible for you, and quintessentially New Orleans? Yes, yes and yes.

It’s #NOLAWeek! Follow our exploits in one of the most underserved coffee cities in the country, all week, right here on!



  1. elden spear

    23 May

    what do you mean by underserved? i have been to new orleans and they have great coffee houses all over town. sure, they have at least 3 chains competing, but they also have several really good independent / mom & pop places serving great coffee drinks. they are way past the coffee & chicory that they used to be famous for. e

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