HEAD TO HEAD: Iced or hot?

October 22, 2020

How about a nice, warm cup of joe?

Notice how I didn’t say iced?

We are talking coffee today, but made the right way, hot.

The start of consumption of coffee dates all the way back to 800 AD. A goat herder frank a concoction made from roasted coffee beans after seeing his goat become more energetic after eating coffee cherries. Now whether that story is true or not, I’m sure the herder did not put ice cubes in his new drink.

Picture this, you wake up in the morning in your warm, cozy bed. Toes warm, hands warm, feeling like the world has stopped. Then you remember you will have to get out of your human cocoon but not before you hit the snooze button one more time. Then the time comes when you absolutely have to get out of bed or you will be late for the third time this week, all from doing the same thing, you crawl out of your happy swaddle. Feet hit the floor and your whole body turns to ice. What is the best way to warm yourself back up? A fresh brewed cup of coffee. Why yes this whole story all lead to how important a morning cup of coffee is not only for energy but also the soul.

Now when the temperature gets hot and you need a midday pick-me-up, a nice iced coffee could do the trick. However, consuming iced coffee just because you are bored is not acceptable.

Coffee was made to energize you, something you consume with breakfast to give you that extra boost in the morning. It was not made so teenage girls can buy $5 beverages and hold on to them all day. (Kind of preaching to my younger self here) 

Bottom line here, coffee is made to be hot, preferably with a little cream and sugar.

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Iced coffee. The superior way to drink coffee.

The best part of any morning (or afternoon).

 Iced coffee is in, and hot coffee is out. 

What pops into your head when you imagine a cup of hot coffee? You are probably envisioning a plain old black cup of coffee. How boring is that?? However, when you imagine iced coffee, you probably think of something a little more exciting. Iced coffee is fun, exciting, it carries a personality. 

Many are under the assumption that in order to have a good iced coffee, you have to go spend $5 at a coffee shop. In reality, all  you have to do is buy cold brew packets from the store. You place the packet in a jar of water, put it in the fridge overnight, and voila… in the morning you have a cold coffee. All you have to do is pour it in a cup and drink it plain or add your favorite type of milk. It will last you a whole lot longer than hot coffee. Every time I drink a hot coffee, it ends up going room temperature before I can finish it. 

Iced coffee carries a stereotype that it is meant for teenagers and doesn’t hold its own in flavor when compared to hot coffee. You’d be surprised to know that a cold coffee has less acidity than boring ol hot coffee. This not only makes it better for your digestive system, but also makes it taste better overall. Cold coffee tends to be less caffeinated. Although this could be viewed as a disappointment, I just see it as an opportunity to drink more iced coffee throughout the day. 

Iced coffee has long surpassed hot coffee. It’s about time we all start accepting it.

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