Hot or Cold? How You Should be Ordering Your Coffee. 

Many coffee drinkers depend on the weather to tell them how to order their coffee. If it’s hot they’ll have iced coffee, if it’s cold day a hot cup of coffee. I personally find this to be the wrong way to order my coffee, and that certain drinks need to be a certain temperature to highlight their qualities. There is a lot more to coffee and espresso drinks than just being able to get your favorite hot drink iced. It doesn’t work like that…not all the time anyways. dsc_98271

To avoid not enjoying your coffee at it’s best I will provide you with a guide to help you order to get the best of your coffee favorites. Also next to each drink is a description to show you what each drink is.

Coffees to Order Hot:

  • Latte- steamed milk and espresso
  • Caffe Mocha- steamed milk espresso and chocolate (cocoa powder)
  • Maccchiato- small amount of foamed milk and espresso
  • Cappuccino- double espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk foam
  • Espresso – coffee brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water through finely ground coffee beans
  • Dark roast coffee -more smokey bitter coffeeDSC_9824[1].JPG


All the above drinks except for espresso are creamy drinks made with steamed milk, because of this steaming or foaming the milk adds air to it, sweetening and improving the taste.The iced versions of these drinks have cold milk poured over ice which gives each drink a whole different taste. The drinks become not as sweet and you tatse more espresso.  I loved to get iced coffee to avoid waiting for my drink to cool down enough to drink but with these five drinks it’s worth the wait. As for the espresso and dark roast I just prefer strong coffee hot.

Coffees to Order Cold:

  • Cold brew coffee -coffee steeped in room temperature water until ready
  • Iced Caffe Mocha- Cold version of Caffe Mocha
  • Iced Macchiato- chilled milk and espresso poured over ice
  • Iced Americano- Espresso dulled with water
  • Blonde roast coffee- toasted grain taste and a pronounced acidity in coffeeDSC_9830[1].JPG


Coffees that taste better cold typically are the ones with less milk in them like an Americanoor even a macchiato or mocha which do have milk but not quite as much as a latte. These drinks are a little stronger and don’t require steamed milk as much to add to flavor or sweetness. I believe most coffees are best hot but I can understand wanting a cold coffee. So, when picking one make sure it is one of the drinks with less milk in it, or just a plain black coffee my personal favorite. I included macchiato and mocha in this list because they have the least amount of milk in them and they are not terrible cold.

Now, I’m smart enough to know you won’t just take my word for it, but I must tell you, as a person who has had many cups of coffee I have experienced this first hand. Coffee in general was originally made hot, and made to be drank hot. This does not mean that iced coffee is bad, in fact I enjoy it quite a lot, what I mean is that coffee is better hot. Especially if it’s good coffee.

I understand that weather can still be a factor in how you want your coffee. My solution is to not turn your favorite latte into an iced drink because it’s warm outside but rather get a regular iced coffee or a macchiato to keep your choice at it’s best. Make sure you are ordering your drink at it’s best! And remember hot latte’s are the best latte’s.


I hope you learned something from this post and it will help you to have all the best coffee experiences. For more follow my blog,my social media accounts and subscribe at the bottom of this page.




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