Variations of the café au lait
Interestingly, the café au lait has many variations around the world. In Poland it’s known as the ‘kawa biala’, in Germany as ‘milchkaffee’, in Hungary as ‘tejeskávé’, in Dutch it’s a ‘koffie verkeerd’ and in Brazil ‘café com leite’. One of the most interesting distinct versions of the Café au Lait is found in New Orleans where the coffee is combined with chicory for a strong, bitter flavour that’s also thicker in consistency. This variation dates back to the American Civil War when coffee was scarce, mixed with chicory to make it last longer.