If your morning starts like many people, your wake up comes in the very first sip of coffee and as you finish the first cup–or sometimes the second or third cup–you are finally ready to accept the world and face the day. But during the warm muggy days of summer, that steaming cup of coffee leaves much to be desired, so you often need to make a decision to either raise your body temperature much higher and sweat even more or go without your caffeine jumpstart in the morning. Of course, there is one other option and that is delicious iced coffee.
Iced coffee is no different from regular coffee. It may be caffeinated or decaf. You can drink it with milk-which may become a latte if made with java –or just iced cream and coffee. You may add sugar to it as you would regular coffee, but add the sugar to the strong coffee or espresso before you pour it on the ice.
There is a disagreement among iced coffee aficionados as to the proper manner of making this beverage The processes vary among coffee baristas, as well. Some simply make a pot of coffee, letting it cool slightly and then pour it on ice. Others make the coffee stronger to compensate for the water from the melted ice. Some coffee shops make pots of coffee and then cool it in the refrigerator overnight and pour it directly on ice when a customer requests.
While brewed tea was always the most popular summer beverage, brewed coffee is now moving quickly up the popularity ladder to pass tea. Part of the reason is the fresh brewed coffee beverages that taste more like an ice cream delight than a cup of coffee. The craze may have begun with frappuccinos and then spanned out to frozen lattes and other cold coffee delights. A Frappuccino is similar to a cappuccino just blended with ice and topped with delicious whipped cream–if you would like. Sometimes, additional flavorings added to the Frappuccino make an even more exotic drink. Mocha, caramel and vanilla are a few of the favorites. When you add extra steamed milk, it will become an iced latte or invert the way you add the components, putting the milk in before the espresso and you have a macchiato.
Whether you like your ice cold coffee straight up, with cream and sugar, additional flavoring or make it into a Frappuccino, iced coffee is the perfect way to enjoy your favorite wake up drink and remain cool at exactly the same time.