I love coffee, but if I had to choose between hot and iced, I choose hot coffee. Let me tell you why.
*Let's start with the scalding hot coffee issue, shall we. Don't drink it right away! I, too, am impatient, but some things are worth the wait. Don't compare coffee to water, compare it to a good juicy steak. What do I mean? Well, after you have cooked a steak, it should be rested for about 5-10 minutes so that on the initial cut, its juicy goodness stays INSIDE the steak, not on your plate. Treat coffee the same way and it will be more enjoyable.
* Coffee is meant to be appreciated. Most people drink their iced coffees so fast, I wonder if they even savor each sip? I do. That is why its so sad when you take the last sip of hot coffee. It's the end, so I enjoyed each previous sip like it was my last. On the contrary, the last sip of an iced coffee is a mere shadow of itself, because it has been diluted by melted ice. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy this too, but it does sadden me a bit.
* Hot coffee is good for humanity. That's right; its good for all people. It brings people together and it forces them to take pause (because its hot!) and smell the coffee (screw roses), if you will. So therefore, it allows time for discussion, conversation, and communication. It's a classic scene of civility. You don't do that with iced coffee. I feel that an iced coffee leads to running around and rushing. That's what I'm usually doing when I have one. I'm relaxed with a hot coffee. Isn't that a better way to live?
* The aroma of coffee is much better hot than cold. Once iced, it loses its pungency. Think of a time when you walked into a room that had just brewed coffee. That's a wonderful smell; that doesn't happen with iced.
* Lastly, hot coffee is the original. You need hot coffee to make iced coffee, not the other way around. In movie terms, iced coffee is the sequel that will never live up to the original. It can be good, but never better.
Like I said, I love coffee. Hot coffee just a little bit more than iced. And I just transitioned to hot coffee myself. I guess its mostly preference. I like to slow things down and reflect; that's hot coffee. If you are on the go all the time, then obviously
iced makes sense.
You may disagree, and that's fine. You are entitled to your own opinion. I just hope you take some time and appreciate a nice hot cup of coffee, . . . and remember, like food, it always tastes better with good company.