New Orleans Style Cafe Au Lait

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READY IN: 10mins
YIELD: 12 cups

6 tablespoons dark roast french market coffee (Coffee-with-chicory, New Orleans style)
6 cups water
6 cups milk
sugar (optional) or other artificial sweetener (optional)

Bring the water almost to a boil, to a temperature of 204-208 degrees F.
Using a drip-style coffeemaker with filter, pour a small amount of the water over the coffee grounds to dampen them, then wait 30 seconds.
Pour more water over the grounds until the upper pot container is full.
Allow to drain, then repeat until all the water is used.
Scald, do NOT boil, the milk. This means to heat it until JUST below the boiling point.
Pour coffee into warmed large mugs, then add the milk.
Add sweetener if desired and serve.