“Can I buy you coffee?” The number of times this question is posed in the dating world is innumerable. Is it that many people like coffee or it is just a cool question to secure a date? True answers could lie in the statistics on coffee consumption.
From statistics, after petroleum, coffee is the world’s second most valuable traded commodity. Besides, 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily in the world. In other studies, 54% of Americans consume coffee daily while New Yorker consumes almost 7 times more coffee than the rest of the cities in the USA.
Additionally, Americans do spend US $1,092 averagely on coffee annually. These numbers do aptly depict that coffee has no shortage of consumers. I bet you are also a coffee consumer, whether an occasional user or a habitual candidate.
For whatever reason you take coffee, you need to appreciate some of its documented health benefits. They include; increasing brain function and energy levels, enhancing the metabolic rate, improving physical performance, lowering the risk of Type 2 Diabetes, protection from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, reducing the risk of Parkinson’s disease, protecting the hepatic system, and fighting depression.
Coffee can be taken during the ice-cold winter or on a hot afternoon in summer. With time, several creative coffee recipes have surfaced all of which intend to boost the beverage’s taste as well as consumer health.
Below are 10 pleasurable coffee delights that go well with the summer heat. You should consider trying them at least once.
Cold Brew Lemonade
This coffee is sweet but with a sour under taste. It is very easy to make at home. It is a simple combination of lemon base and a cold coffee brew.
The lemon base is made by combining lemon juice, simple syrup (demerara sugar and hot water) and water in a cup. The sweetness and tartness of this beverage is determined at this stage of lemon base preparation.
Coconut & Macadamia Iced Latte
This is a perfect alternative for individuals who want coffee minus the cow milk. The coconut and macadamia milk take the place of cow milk.
It is made by combining coconut milk with a simple syrup and vanilla with a shot of espresso followed by thorough stirring. This mixture is then added to macadamia milk containing ice.
Espresso & Tonic
This drink is bittersweet and tart. You may wonder why people bother with such an unappealing mixture but in reality, it has gained popularity in the recent times.
This easy-to-make beverage is made by filling a tall glass with ice then adding club soda, simple syrup and coffee followed by stirring to achieve complete mixing.
You then enjoy while cold.
Breakfast in Sicily
This summer coffee drink contains small amounts of alcohol. The alcohol used in this case is Averna, a type of Italian herbal liquor that is a little bitter and a little sweet.
It is mixed with espresso and orange or grapefruit twist to give Breakfast in Sicily.
Skinny Caramel Frappuccino
It is cold and creamy rich. It is called skinny because all its ingredients including the sweetener are sugar-free and fat-free, making sure you stay as skinny as possible.
It is claimed that this serving has only 50 calories per serving.
Vanilla Iced Coffee
This beverage has an intense flavor but at the same time not excessively sweet. It combines the traditional cold coffee brew with the vanilla bean paste, a tinge of agave and a customer’s choice of almond or whole milk.
Its sweetness level can be checked by skipping or adding extra sugar.
Iced Lavender Latte
This drink expertly combines the delicate taste of lavender with the classic latte topped with small bits of dried lavender.
Horchata Cold Brew
This sweet and luscious coffee is prepared with rice milk, heavy cream, and Madagascar Vanilla Syrup mixed with a hint cinnamon.
It is a famous coffee brand in Los Angeles specially made by a Taco joint called Guisados.
Gingersnap Iced Coffee
Many times, ginger is set aside for fall and winter. However, it is just as difficult to abandon it in summer considering its perfect pairing with coffee.
This particular brand of coffee with the addition of a bright ginger flavor is creamy and cold with an inexplicably memorable spiciness. If you are a religious fan of black iced coffee in search of a flavorful twist, Gingersnap Iced Coffee is just as good even without the milk and the sugar.
Give these recipes a chance. You won’t be disappointed.
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