chill is sweeping the coffee industry as iced coffee
beverages gain popularity.
According to the National
Coffee Association, the percentage of Americans who
drink iced coffee beverages increased from 20 percent in
2003 to 29 percent in 2004.
Following the popularity of
cappuccinos and mocha lattes, consumers are discovering
that coffee is just as tasty - and even more refreshing
- when served cold.
Iced coffee can be as easy to
prepare as iced tea. A variety of options, such as
flavoring syrups, cold milk, chocolate and spices, allow
you to create personalized coffee concoctions that are
just as delicious as those served in your favorite cafe.
Beverages such as iced vanilla mocha, iced rum coffee
and iced latte are easy to make at home.
Here are some tips for refreshing iced coffee drinks.
* Pour the flavoring syrup
into the cup first.
To complete the drink, pour in
espresso or coffee, then the ice, and top it off with
* Don't let your beverage become watered down.
favorite coffee beverage with ice cubes made from
fresh-brewed coffee instead of water.
* Use a machine that
produces a high quality coffee or espresso. The Capresso CoffeeTeam Luxe,
for example, grinds coffee beans right before brewing
and allows you to control the strength of your coffee.
* Be creative. Add a personalized touch to your iced
coffee beverages with whipped cream, chocolate shavings,
nutmeg or cinnamon.