Ice Ice Baby – Drinking Iced Coffee in the Winter

Yesterday the high in the District was 70, a perfect day for an iced latte. And so what did I treat myself to? An iced (Milky Way) latte, of course! However, for so many of you, it doesn’t matter what the temperature is outside…you can be on an excursion in Antarctica and still order a cold brew. Why is that? It intrigues me. When it’s cold outside, all I want is a roaring fire and a hot cup of coffee cradled between my hands.

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Enjoying an iced Milky Way latte on a warm January day

I’ve come up with a few hypotheses about why some people drink iced coffee 365 days a year, even when it’s freezing outside. First off, maybe it just tastes better to some. Different temperatures can bring out different flavors in the coffee bean, and maybe some people prefer how flavors express themselves when coffee is brewed cold or poured over ice. Another guess is that people who drink iced coffee during the cold months are typically hot-natured. I’m no scientist, but this seems plausible. Can anyone speak to this? Also, you can simply drink iced coffee faster than hot coffee because you don’t have to wait for it to cool off (or worry about burning your tongue). Get it in the body quickly so the caffeine can start kicking in…I am all about that! Finally, for those who might be a little more health conscious, iced coffee is better for you in some ways. When coffee is cold brewed, it’s less acidic, making it better for your stomach and teeth.

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This iced latte from A Baked Joint is calling my name…

Winter in DC is magical, especially when we get snow. However, in a couple months as winter turns into spring, two of my favorite things return: baseball and iced lattes. Until then, I salute those of you strong enough to brave the cold with an iced coffee in hand.

What do you like to drink when it’s cold outside? Sound off below!

Keep caffeinated,

Lauren

P.S.- Stay tuned, because as the weather gets warmer we’ll post about different ways you can brew iced coffee at home!

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2 thoughts on “Ice Ice Baby – Drinking Iced Coffee in the Winter

  1. I am one of those “iced coffee all year” people, though I like hot coffee/lattes/cappuccinos too. I think in my case that’s from living in Georgia for the last 3 years, where for a good stretch of the year it’s really too hot for hot coffee. I barely touched iced coffee before I moved there, but am finding now that I can’t live without it here in DC even when it’s cold.

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