Warmer weather means lots of changes in the air, but none quite as important as the beginning of iced coffee season. Grab a straw, some java, and a handful of ice, because we've been waiting all winter for it to finally become seasonally appropriate for a chilly, refreshing, and caffeinated beverage like this.
iced coffee on table
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With the coming of a new season, there’s plenty of changes to be had and transitions to be made. The most exciting of them all, in my humble opinion, is the switch from hot coffee to iced. There’s something about holding that chilly vessel in your hand, as the beadlets of condensation drip down it while you’re taking slurp after slurp under the hot, beating sun.

Now, don’t get me wrong. There are those weird cravings in the middle of winter that prompt me to order that iced latte because it just sounds better. That being said, there’s nothing like the first iced coffee of the season when it’s actually warm outside. In other words, your morning cup of joe becomes a refreshment as much as it is a daily dose of caffeine.

Ultra Ice Coffee
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Whether you’ve pledged your allegiance to Starbucks, or you’ve got a local coffee shop that you depend on, the return of iced coffee season does not have to cost you an arm and a leg (plus an inconvenient stop on the way to work). You can bring the chilly, caffeinated fun home by making your own cold brew, using your french press, or pouring lukewarm, strong-brewed coffee into ice trays for coffee ice cubes that will prevent your homemade iced coffee from tasting too watered down.

Whichever route you do decide to take to welcome the warmer season, we just want to make sure that your transition from hot to cold is a smooth one. The first sip of coffee in the morning is obviously a highlight of the day, and now that it’s seasonally appropriate from iced coffees and iced lattes, we obviously think you should opt for one of those. Enough chatter, it’s time to get slurpin’!

By Sara Tane and Sara Tane