It changed overnight. I am not talking about the weather which has been doing the opposite, I am, in fact referring to coffee. Cold became the new hot. Perhaps there was an iced coffee revolution in the UK and I was totally oblivious to it, but as far as I am aware it is not nearly as popular as the old fashioned, hot stuff.
In Korea, the very day the weather began to warm up, iced coffee immediately became cooler than the latest 2PM pop song, spreading radiation fears and having the highest, hot pepper paste consumption. This was not normal. It is no longer surprising to see groups out for dinner at upmarket, Italian restaurants, dressed to the nines grasping plastic cups of the stuff. The office coffee break turned cold before the central heating went off.
I will admit I have become partial to a cream topped, iced mocha or a refreshing, iced caramel macchiato and given the choice of hot or iced, I am starting to lean in a colder direction when it comes to my coffee. We are often found slurping on an iced coffee in our favourite haunts across town.
Yet there is a time and a place for an iced coffee fix. A coffee shop is of course acceptable, as are convenience stores, cinemas and street stalls. While ordering an iced hazelnut latte in a busy bar at 1am in my tainted, pub loving, British eyes is simply criminal. Bear in mind that at this point everyone around is doing their best imitation of Beyonce. Even more so when it comes covered in whipped cream in a plastic, take away cup. It’s availability boggles my mind, I feel uncomfortable just thinking about the look you would get in England at the same request.
Iced coffee has a time and a place. Except in Korea.