Posted by: kauaikolea2 | July 20, 2011

HI Coffee and RI Cabinets

Five Hawaiian islands (including the island of Kaua’i) grow coffee, almost 7 million pounds/year in recent years.  That is a lot of coffee, and the great Hawaiian coffee makes for many happy java drinkers around the world.

While nothing is better than a steaming mug early in the morning, preferably watching the sun rise, coffee can be used many other ways: in barbeque sauces, in tiramisu, in puddings, and in cabinets.

Erh….what was that?

A cabinet is an ice cream- or milk-based drink found almost exclusively in Rhode Island and parts of Massachusetts.  The name “cabinet” may be a corruption of the word “carbonate” (think RI/Bostonian accents here), as carbonated water is often an ingredient in a cabinet.  Coffee cabinets are a sophisticated change from strawberry or chocolate concoctions.

Usually, one constructs a coffee cabinet starting with coffee syrup, which is easily made from leftover morning coffee:

Coffee Syrup

2 c hot coffee

1 1/3 c white sugar

1/2 t vanilla extract (or a split vanilla bean if you are feeling flush)

1/3 c dark roast coffee beans, cracked in grinder

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved.  Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, without stirring, for about 4 minutes or until thick and syrupy. Remove pan from heat and cool completely. When cool, strain the mixture through a fine sieve set over a small bowl.  Discard the coffee beans.  If you used a vanilla bean, wrap well in plastic wrap and freeze for another use. Transfer syrup to covered jar and chill.

You will find lots of uses for coffee syrup: brownie, vanilla ice cream, coffee syrup; chocolate pudding, whipped cream, coffee syrup; coffee ice cream, crushed Heath bars, coffee syrup.  You get the idea.  Or use in a Rhode Island Coffee Cabinet. This recipe is a simple one, without carbonation:

Coffee Cabinet for One

1 scoop good vanilla ice cream

6 oz milk

2 T cold coffee syrup

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Pour into a tall chilled glass, add a straw and a long-handled spoon, and enjoy.

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