Hot Coffee Drink vs. Cold Coffee Drink

There’s a funny website called “Is It Iced Coffee Weather?” that determines, based on your location, whether it’s iced coffee weather. The current prognosis for me is: “No. Try it hot.”

This is a question I’m often asking myself because I enjoy drinking coffee every day, so much so that I drink tea in the morning in order to save my coffee drink for later on when I can get it from a coffee shop. And when I get to the counter I have to decide if I want it hot or cold. Lately, I’ve come up with a good strategy.

Instead of focusing on the external temperature I focus on my internal temperature. Am I cold on the inside or hot on the inside at this particular moment? Do I want to warm up or do I want to cool down?

That may sound silly but this strategy is close to my “What are you craving?” strategy when deciding what to make for dinner. Both are obvious. But both are incredibly useful.

By tuning out external factors like the temperature or health and fitness, and focusing just on what you want and need at that particular moment, chances are you’ll be happier than getting the thing you think you should get. So even if it’s a relatively warm day out and everyone around you is sipping coffee through a straw, you have to ask yourself: am I chilly on the inside? If so, a warm coffee drink is the drink you should drink.


Today I’m on the fence about my coffee drink. The website says “hot” but I’m wondering if a “short iced latte” (my latest obsession; that’s an iced latte with less milk) is the way to go. But you can’t tell me the answer, only I can tell me the answer. So please don’t even try.

9 thoughts on “Hot Coffee Drink vs. Cold Coffee Drink”

  1. Karen@Mignardise

    Every year I say “Nothing tastes as good as that first iced coffee of the year.” I had one last week when I was visiting Tennessee (it was perfection), but I’m not ready for a Maine iced coffee yet. Will check the website!

  2. Most of the year, I am an iced beverage drinker through and through (I live in the Seattle area). I may get 10 hot drinks a year. maybe.

  3. I actually had my first iced “coffee” drink today, due to this same conundrum. When it’s cold outside, I drink a chai latte; when it’s hot outside, I drink an unsweetened raspberry iced tea. It was just temperate where I live right now, so I didn’t know what to order, and the barista suggested compromising with an iced chai latte. It hit the spot, and now I know what I’m missing. :-)

  4. I live in Minnesota, where it has snowed at 40 degrees and rained at 80 degrees in the same week (and we’re expecting snow this Thursday.) Most of the time I’m pretty cold and prefer a hot drink (hazelnut latte with honey is the absolute best drink ever) but when it’s even the slightest bit warm outside or if the particular coffee shop is warm, I definitely enjoy getting an iced coffee.

  5. Why on earth do you order a “short iced latte” instead of either an iced cafe au lait or and iced cappucino? Either of those choices would be about the same thing, one with a little more milk, one with a little less, only cheaper.

  6. Hot for me-it always tastes better and all iced coffee turns into a watery mess. But i also only get coffee not lattes or whatever When its crazy hot i will get an iced double espresso and just slurp it down quickly before the ice melts. Nice buzz that way!

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