Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A quick question about cold coffee

I dropped Middle Son off at the airport for his Florida trip very early this morning. Maybe it was the time of day, or my not yet being entirely awake, that made the signs stand out so much.

Whatever the reason, it seemed that every billboard on Cicero Avenue was plugging one brand or other of iced coffee.

(Yes, Cicero Avenue. Although we live within spitting distance of O'Hare, Middle Son's 7:00am flight was out of Midway. At least the price was right.)

It seems that people have been trying to sell iced coffee, off and on, for nearly my whole life. But it has never really caught on, at least not here.

Is it catching on now?

Do you drink iced coffee? Why?

I'll hang up now and wait for your answers.

15 comments:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

yes i drink it and i love it! i make it out of the leftover coffee from the morning (it's good if you turn off the pot right away, it stays fresh that way) and i like it when we are out, especially in florida where it is so hot. i like milk and sugar in it too. that's my story and i'm sticking to it!

smiles, bee

sari said...

I love iced coffee also, with 1/2 & 1/2 (no sugar) but it's so hot here most of the year that's why it's so good. You can't drink hot coffee when it's 110 outside, but the iced coffee is refreshing.

I think it's an acquired taste, though.

landgirl said...

Yup, Cur, I too am (or used to be back when I lived in a warm place) an iced coffee drinker. Oddly, just today I was talking to someone about how I used to stop by in the afternoon for a Frappucino--a frozen cappucino to get me through the rest of the work day.

If you take your coffee black, then probably iced coffee would be un-good.

The Curmudgeon said...

Bee -- I agree that leaving the coffee pot on for several extra hours does not improve the taste. But I could always microwave it back to a drinkable temperature....

Sari -- I don't know about 110. But I've had my hot coffee on days that were well over 90. I wasn't happy about it, really, but I needed my coffee and I'm generally not happy anyway when the temperature is over 90....

Sharon -- I am a black coffee drinker. So that's why iced coffee leaves me cold?

Are there any iced coffee drinkers out there who drink black coffee hot?

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Do I drink iced coffee? The answer is short and begins with 'n'.

susan said...

I'm afraid that the coffee aficionados in the group would scoff at my interpretation of said drink. I had to purchase a second coffee maker for my father to use when he comes to visit since the "perfumed" beans I use apparently leave a residue of yuck that no amount of boiling water and vinegar can remove. I like mine sweet, milky, frothy, and yes, on occasion, on the rocks. With an extra large (hollow) swizzle stick. (That just sounds so much more grown up than admitting that I drink my chocolate milk through a curly straw.)

Experimental Mania said...

yup love iced coffee... it's this fantastic melange of milk,coffee and chocolate sauce.. the ideal thing for a hot summers day!

sari said...

Susan, my husband is very anti-flavored coffee as well. If I buy coffee that is flavored, I have to grind it at the store!

Funny!

And truthfully, what drink isn't better with a nice big straw.

Lahdeedah said...

Well,

I didn't, ever ever NEVER drink iced coffee. Then, I became addicted to Starbucks and their mocha frappes, and then their plain coffee frappes, then, sometime this year, I realized I paid way too much for someone else to make me cold coffee, and got a recipe for an iced coffee frappe off the web. I then realized that I was missing the ingredient that made it a frappe (2 tbsp ice cream) so instead, just made plain old iced coffee.

Now, I drink it when it's really hot out and I want something cool, and it's a bonus if I can drop a dollop of ice cream in it.

I suppose a simple 'yes' would have done it.

landgirl said...

Yes, Cur, the milk and other yummy stuff seems to be what makes iced coffee yummy.
It also seems to be a gender-based thing, doesn't it?

I have drunk my hot coffee black but only when we were out of milk

Where fibers meet mud said...

Sure - Iced Soy Latte - great stuff - of course when I lived in Chicago I only drank hot coffee because I never felt it got hot enough to drink the drink cold...

Since living in the southern areas of the US I LOVE ice coffee...

see my note as to the location of where Irving Park is located in the city - - - I have been aware of the area from the first time we lived there because my husbands territory for sales covered Irving Park!

Skittles said...

I drink my coffee out of a thermal travel mug so I don't have to up for refills as much. Of course that means I drink the second half of it cold.

But to buy it cold on purpose? With Ice? Not me. Not yet.

Lin said...

I used to drink my coffee black and loved it; age crept up on me and I now use half and half. Never sugar! Blech and ugly faces!

Then son says to "at least try it, mom. You have to try before you're allowed to say no,remember?"
(I hate it when they use my own words to hang me. ;o) ) So I tried it.

I love to treat myself to a weekly Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato. Oh Yes, that's some good! Aaah. (The young corrupt the old.)

I enjoy your blog, too. :o)

The Curmudgeon said...

Sharon proposes a gender-based divide on who likes iced coffee and who does not and Fran and ladeedah seemed to go along with it... and then Barb shoots that down.

And then Susan brought up "perfumed" coffee -- eeeeeewwwwww. Long Suffering Spouse has experimented with that stuff from time to time. Awful. But I'm too cheap to buy a second pot. I just make a pot of real coffee to drink instead.

And Jean Luc? We all knew you wouldn't want iced coffee... you'd want tea. Earl Grey. Hot. Well, I want the replicator....

sari said...

FYI - iced coffee is made twice as strong to counteract that horrible watered down effect from the melting ice.

Though, mine never last that long because I just drink it all right away.