Hot Summer, Hot Coffee

There is nothing wrong with drinking hot coffee in the summer. In fact if you aren’t quite to the point of sweating yet, it can be a good thing.

You see, the way our bodies cool is by sweating. The sweat then evaporates from our skin and that is what cools us off. When you drink something hot, your stomach sensors get active and send signals you are hot to your hypothalamus. It then reacts by overcompensating with sweat.

If you are very hot and sweaty already – go ahead and drink your coffee cold because it won’t help.

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TheCut

Hot vs. Cold Coffee

Some people like their coffee hot while some like it cold. There is a difference between iced coffee and cold brew so mistake the two for the same thing. Iced coffee is put on ice after it has been hot brewed. Cold brew never sees warm water.

  • Hot coffee has more antioxidants than cold brew.
  • Most cold brew has less caffeine.
  • Hot coffee makes you feel warm and cozy. People have warmer feelings toward someone holding a hot cup of coffee.
  • Coffee can help prevent having a heart attack.
  • A whiff of coffee brewing in the morning can help wake you up and make you feel less stress.

What makes coffee good or bad?

The Victor crew came across this video about coffee called “How ‘Bad’ Coffee Took Over America”. Taste in coffee is subjective but there are people who say it isn’t. There is coffee certification test that tasters take.

In a process known as “cupping” they taste the coffee and give it a rating. The rating is based on fragrance, aroma, flavor, aftertaste, acidity, body, overall impressions, sweetness, balance, and the clean cup. If the coffee scores 80% or higher it is called a specialty grade coffee. Anything below is considered bad coffee.

Coffee drinking in America dates back to the Boston Tea Party, where drinking tea after that was considered unpatriotic.

Things you can do with Instant Coffee

Not the kind who buys instant coffee, we thought it was interesting to find this article from DailyMail.com about ways to use instant coffee. Here is their list of uses:

Add a teaspoon to Bolognese sauce.
Mix a teaspoon into chili con carne.
Make a body scrub by mixing a few teaspoons with some sugar and either coconut oil or olive oil.
Add a teaspoon to your cookie dough batter, or other batter, like brownies, or even buttercream icing.
Add to your meat rub.
Sprinkle on vanilla ice cream.
Add to smoothies or milkshakes.

Looks like we’ll need to rethink our aversion to instant coffee.

Cheese Tea

A few weeks ago we talked about Cheese Coffee. Now we find out about Cheese Tea. It was started in China. The basics of it are that cream cheese or mascarpone cheese are mixed with milk, whipping cream, sugar, and salt. They are whipped together to a soft foamy peak. You should have cold brewed tea.
After you make the cheese mixture, pour your tea into a glass (with or without ice) and carefully spoon the cheese on top. Top with green tea powder.

You are supposed to drink it so the cheese stays on top and you get the mixture through the foamy topping.