Nine Holiday Drinks, Dishes and Desserts to Make with Kauai Coffee

Nine Holiday Drinks, Dishes and Desserts to Make with Kauai Coffee

The holiday season is here, so it's time to gather around the kitchen table and share a delicious meal with 'ohana and friends. However, planning for any holiday event can be a lot of effort and stress, so we're here to help! 100% Kauai Coffee has earned the unique distinction of being triple certified by leading sustainability advocates, including Fair Trade USA, The Rainforest Alliance, and the Non-GMO Project.

It is sustainably grown, roasted, and packaged by our 'ohana on Kauai and is coffee you can feel great about sharing with your friends and family this holiday season. Here are nine ways to make, bake with, and share 100% Kauai Coffee with your nearest and dearest this holiday season.

 Savory Dishes

spice rub made with kauai coffee spills out of a glass jar onto the table

Sweet and Savory Kauai Coffee Rub

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you plan to serve roasted poultry or pork at your holiday gathering, add a taste of paradise to your menu with this simple, sweet, and savory Kauai Coffee rub. Applying a seasoned rub to turkey or any lean meat before roasting is an especially easy and ono (delicious) preparation that will have your family and friends reaching for seconds. For the best results, season your turkey at least an hour before putting it in the oven, imu (Hawaiian hot stone pit oven), or grill.

coffee braised short ribs

Kauai Coffee Braised Short Ribs

If your definition of comfort food is delicious, slow-cooked roasts and stews, this Kauai Coffee braised short ribs recipe is a must-try. Kalbi, or flanken cut short ribs, are a popular dish in Hawaii, likely due to Korean and Japanese food traditions brought to the islands during the plantation era.

Hawaii is a kaleidoscope of culinary influences and flavors, and this recipe deliciously blends the flavors of Hawaii with slow-cooked short ribs. You can't go wrong serving these savory short ribs with a chili and coffee kick as a main dish this holiday season. Enjoy with one of your favorite starchy sides like mashed potatoes, poi, or polenta.

coffee glazed sweet potatoes

Kauai Coffee Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving staple, but did you know that the first Polynesian Voyagers to arrive in Hawaii brought sweet potatoes with them to cultivate as an essential food crop? Known as uala in the Hawaiian language, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium, protein, and minerals. Enjoy them with a Kauai Coffee and brown sugar glaze this holiday season. Get the recipe here.

Sweet Treats 

kauai coffee minty mocha brownies

Minty Mocha Brownies

Coffee and chocolate are a classic pair, but Hawaiian coffee, chocolate, and peppermint are even better! Use our simple coffee brownie recipe to whip up a holiday batch today! We recommend medium or dark roast coffee such as Poipu Estate or Rooster Alarm. Get the recipe here.

kauai coffee toasty banana bread with chocolate chip

Toasty Banana Nut Bread

Thanks to the abundance of bananas grown in Hawaii, banana bread, desserts, and sweets have long been a part of family meals, restaurant menus, and roadside fruit stands. Some even say the best banana bread on the planet comes from Hawaii. Get our recipe for Toasty Banana Nut Bread here and Toasty Banana Nut Cream Coffee here.

kauai coffee pumpkin crunch

Pumpkin Crunch

In Hawai'i, no potluck, team banquet, or holiday get-together is complete without Pumpkin Crunch at the table. A cross between traditional pumpkin pie and a buttery crumb cake, this sweet treat is especially popular at Thanksgiving and Christmas but enjoyed year-round across the islands. Get the recipe here.


coffee is poured over two scoops of vanilla ice cream in a glass to make an affogato

Tropical Affogato

If you spend all your energy preparing your Thanksgiving meal, make a no-effort dessert! All you need is 100% Kauai Coffee and a scoop of your favorite ice cream. Place one scoop of vanilla ice cream in a coffee mug. Top with 3-4 tablespoons of freshly brewed Kauai Coffee and enjoy a tropical affogato!

Coconut Caramel Crunch Coffee Nog

Unsure about Eggnog? Or is it a holiday staple for your family? Either way, try this tropical take on the classic holiday drink with coconut milk and Kauai Coffee!

Chocolate Orange Frozen Coffee

Citrus trees in Hawaii are often full of fruit during the holiday season. Fuel your last-minute holiday shopping or serve this cool, creamy chocolate orange treat as a decadent dessert. Get the recipe here.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you can’t share a taste of paradise with your 'ohana this year, Kauai Coffee will send aloha anywhere! Shop online for 100% Hawaiian holiday coffee, subscriptionsgifts and more.

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