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My arm was sore from pressing down on my AeroPress. This is less of an indicator of the difficulty of an AeroPress and more of a signifier that I have weak arms.
Each morning, I maintain the exact same routine. I press snooze, I wake up, I shower, I do whatever a normal person does at the sink, I get dressed, and I heat up some water in my electric kettle to use with my aforementioned AeroPress. I then take my hot coffee and immediately ice it and top it off with water, thus creating the hippie version of an iced americano.
But this morning was different. After Alexa notified me that it was a crisp 39 degrees outside, I decided to do something I hadn’t done in months. Forgoing the ice, I simply topped my coffee off with equally hot water creating your standard americano. Leaving the comforts of my apartment draped in my a new barn coat and a tote bag I’ve been using as my makeshift briefcase, I walked to my car to start the day.
Then, the horror. Two sips in, I realized what I had done. Nearly burning my tongue and spilling it down the front of myself, I knew the mistake had already been made. I deviated from my standard coffee and found myself regretting every decision I had made in my life that led to this one single hot coffee.
Going to any normal coffee shop — Starbucks, Peet’s, the hipster spot down the street that offers pourover — will yield you some bizarre looks when you order an iced beverage in the dead of winter. It doesn’t matter if it’s 42 degrees in Texas or hovering just above zero during a snowstorm in New York City, people will think you’re borderline insane for ordering a cold coffee drink if the temperature is below fifty.
When I started drinking coffee, I went drip. Straight black. Diesel fuel. But as my coffee journey progressed, I began ordering that of the colder variety. Iced coffees, iced americanos, iced everything. I never took to cold brew because it just tastes like leftover hot coffee that someone put in the fridge, but I still respect it.
While most coffee drinkers will make a fall transition from cold to hot, I’ve maintained my post without wavering. I’m not drinking coffee to warm up — I’m drinking it to kickstart my day. This isn’t the old days when central heat didn’t exist and hot beverages were used to raise your core temperature. If anything, I need to cool down. I run hot. Every morning when I walk into the office and I see the thermostat at 73, I feel suffocated.
Maybe iced coffee is how I combat that. Not only does it give me the caffeine boost I need in order to be productive, but it’s also refreshing while leaving me with a cup full of ice I can chew (only to subsequently piss off my coworkers — I don’t care). If you don’t like my ice chewing, get some noise-canceling headphones.
I’m not trying to sway you one way or the other. I’m not here to convert hot coffee drinkers into iced americano drinkers. No, quite the opposite. I’m here to suppress the narrative that you’re not supposed to drink chilled espresso drinks from November to March. Let me do as I please, even if that means watering down perfectly good coffee with a shit-ton of ice cubes. .