Our Story

Welcome to our site! We are Joanne & Steve. After 20+ years working for a city school department and police department, we sold almost everything, bought an RV, and started living on the road with our three children. Joanne homeschools and works online.
What we have chosen is to live life as unencumbered as we possibly can and to spend time with our family, for our family, and as a family.
This website is a record of our travels. But, we also hope to educate, entertain, and inform others about RVing, roadschooling, and the great places we visit in this country.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Coffee Syrup. Have YOU Tried it?

You can take the girl out of Rhode Island, but you can't take Rhode Island out of the girl.

I've missed my favorite drink, not having any since we left Connecticut back in October.  You just can't seem to find coffee syrup anywhere outside of New England.  In fact, people have never even heard of coffee milk!  But if you are from Rhode Island, you know it, and most likely, drank it.

Autocrat, (the maker of coffee syrup) is located in Lincoln, RI, and has been making coffee and tea products since 1895.  Coffee syrup was introduced to Rhode Islanders in the 1930s.

The familiar yellow-labeled bottle with the singing red bird boasts 5 ingredients...high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, coffee extract, caramel color, and potassium sorbate.  Not overly healthy and at 100 calories per 2 tablespoons, (before you add your 6-8 oz of milk), not a diet-conscious drink.  

But, that hasn't stopped it from becoming The Official Drink of The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations (beating out RI's other favorite...Del's Lemonade.)

However, if you want some, and you aren't within driving distance of a Rhode Island grocery store, you'll have to order them.  That's what my husband just secretly had my mom do for me...thank you to both of them for filling up my traveling home with my favorite drink, (other than red wine, of course).

Coffee Syrup Made it to Texas

Now, if you enjoy the taste of coffee milk, but want something a little healthier, you can always try Dave's Coffee Syrup, also made in Rhode Island, in Charlestown.  Brewed with all natural ingredients and found in local supermarkets such as Dave's and Whole Foods.  
Or you can get it online.  Dave's Coffee

Enjoying some Coffee Milk (and weiners) at Wein-o-Rama in Craaaaaaaaanston right before we hit the road.


  1. I guess I should have bought the more healthy stuff. Didn't know it existed.

  2. Oh no...I much prefer this. I have had other coffee syrup before that was "all natural," just not Dave's, and I didn't like it. No, Autocrat is the only way!

  3. Jo~~~ enjoy it!! Saw a show about Dave's syrup the other day. Bit more expensive though right??


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