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Coffee milk

Coffee milk
File:Coffee milk in a supermarket dairy case.jpg
Prepared coffee milk in a supermarket dairy case.
The ingredients for preparing coffee milk: coffee syrup and milk

Coffee milk is a drink made by adding a sweetened coffee concentrate called coffee syrup to milk in a manner similar to chocolate milk. It is the official state drink of Rhode Island in the United States of America.[1]


While the precise origin of coffee milk is unclear, several sources trace it back to the turn of the 20th century and Providence's Italian immigrant population.[2][3][4] The first coffee syrup was introduced by the Silmo Packing Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1932. Coffee syrup is produced by straining water and sugar through coffee grounds. In 1938 Warwick, Rhode Island-based Eclipse Food Products began heavily promoting its own coffee syrup product, with Lincoln, Rhode Island's Autocrat Coffee coming to market in the 1940s. Autocrat purchased long-time competitor Eclipse in 1991 and today produces both brands of syrup.[5]

In southeastern parts of New England it can be found in store dairy cases by other flavored milks. It is also a common item on diner menus, university dining halls, and paired with hot wieners at New York System restaurants. The popularity and availability of coffee milk remains concentrated in the New England region.[citation needed]

The State of Rhode Island named coffee milk its official state beverage in 1993, after a competition with Del's Lemonade, another Rhode Island institution.[1][5][6]

In Australia, it is a common flavour of milk alongside banana, chocolate, and strawberry.

Use in other beverages

Coffee milk and coffee syrup have been used as ingredients in other beverages.

A coffee cabinet is an ice cream-based beverage found almost exclusively in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts, consisting of coffee ice cream, coffee syrup, and milk.[7]

Beer brewed with coffee milk has also been produced in the United States.[8] In December 2013, the Narragansett Brewing Company partnered with Autocrat Coffee to market a limited edition "coffee milk stout."[8][9][10]

See also

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  1. ^ a b "State of Rhode Island website "Facts and Figures"". Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  2. ^ Simonson, Robert. (2011). The Milky Way: Coffee syrup is the secret to Rhode Island’s favorite creamy confection. Imbibe. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  3. ^ Barr, Nancy Verde. (1996). We Called It Macaroni: An American Heritage of Southern Italian Cooking. New York, NY: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
  4. ^ (2012, November 11). Coffee milk. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b Orchant, Rebecca. (2013, February 22). Coffee Milk: The Rhode Island Specialty Fueled by Autocrat Syrup. Huffington Post. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  6. ^ "TITLE 42, State Affairs and Government, CHAPTER 42-4, State Emblems, SECTION 42-4-15". Retrieved 2011-11-28. 
  7. ^ Smith, Peter W. (2003). New England Country Store Cookbook. iUniverse. Retrieved 11 January 2014 from [1].[self-published source]
  8. ^ a b Dzen, Gary (December 3, 2013). "Narragansett announces release of Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout". Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Dietsch, Emily. (2013, December 16). Drunk on Gansett Coffee Milk. Providence Monthly. Retrieved 21 December 2013.
  10. ^ (2013, October 18). Narragansett Beer Co. Planning Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout. CBS Boston - Local. Retrieved 21 December 2013.

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