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When it’s too hot for coffee

Calum Stenning and Veronica Giddings

Who wants a hot latte on a 30 degree day? Not me.

For many, coffee is a daily ritual, one that becomes a mite less enjoyable when the air surrounding you is just as hot as the sweet nectar you’re imbibing.

Here are some refreshing summer alternatives to keep you cool.

Cold Brew

instagram/bellerophoncoldbrew

instagram/bellerophoncoldbrew

If you don’t already know about cold brew coffee, it’s time you found out the score. With local offerings from Barrio, Two Before Ten and Bellerophon, a bottle or two of this full flavoured brew will be the perfect addition to your fridge door.

Shaken Iced Latte

Image: Supplied

Image: Supplied

The James Bond of iced coffee. Shaken, not stirred, as a premium iced latte should be, a quick shimmy in a cocktail shaker blends milk and coffee perfectly, leaving a lovely layer of froth on top. The boys at Barrio shake it real good.

Smoothies

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Image: instagram.com/mapleandclove_canberra

While coffee purists may tend more towards the cold brew options (or just keep it black and hot like only fanatics would), those who don’t mind mixing flavours can get their caffeine hit along with a slew of other nutrients. Maple and Clove do a choc almond smoothie with almond milk, dates, banana, coffee and raw cocoa that should do the trick…

Iced Tea

Image: instagram.com/tyiopse

Image: instagram.com/tyiopse

The Cupping Room doesn’t just blend euphemism and sense, they also blend flavours like nobody’s business. An Iced Cascara is a tea made from the cherry of a coffee tree (get your head around that…), that they serve with lychee and mint. Muy, muy refreshing.

BUBBLE TEA

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Image: instagram.com/chatimeaustralia

Hailing from Taiwan, bubble tea also known as boba or pearl tea, is a great substitute for warmer days. Choose from a range milky, non-milky and fruity tea bases and let your imagination run wild with flavor and topping combinations. You can even get blended smoothie teas and frappes. Try one at Easyway Tea at Westfield Woden, or from Chatime in the ANU Precinct.

Iced Chai Latte

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Image: nstagram.com/victoriahellawell

If you’re a fan of a chai latte in winter, chances are you’ll be able to find similar joy in the iced variety during summer. I mean, you have to get your cinnamon intake in somehow, right? Eighty Twenty can get you ice-spiced to the gills.

COLD PRESSED JUICE

Image via facebook.com/localpresscafe

Image via facebook.com/localpresscafe

Cold-pressed juices are a great way to ingest some vitamins and keep cool in summer. Local Press Café on the Kingston Foreshore offers a selection of cold pressed juices, as does local company, The Fix – you can even get them delivered to your door!

Pressed Juices in Manuka also offers a great range of cold pressed juice including nut ‘mylks’, fruit and vegetable juices. Try the strawberry ‘mylk’ made with almond milk, fresh strawberries, vanilla and cashew cream.

Affogato

Perhaps the best of both worlds? If a scoop of vanilla ice cream with coffee poured over it isn’t a good idea, I don’t know what is. Plus, it will help you afforgetto about the heat…

Shakes

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Image: instagram/thecuppingroom

Affogatos are the perfect segue to the topic of milkshakes. Whether or not milk is a good choice in summer is always hotly (hey?!) debated, but what isn’t debated is how delicious it is while you’re drinking it. They’re perfect for adding a shot or two of coffee to as well.

MOCHA FRAPPE

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Image: instagram.com/ds_doubleshotdeakin

Cold, creamy and sweet with a hit of coffee. When you’re after something more decadent than an iced latte, but you still want your hit of coffee, try an Iced Mocha Frappe.

Made with espresso, chocolate, ice-cream and ice, it ticks all the boxes for a pick me up treat. Try the one from Doubleshot at Deakin.

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Calum Stenning

Calum Stenning is Her Canberra’s newest and most male (read: only) intern. Three years spent living overseas has given him a renewed appreciation for Canberra life. Every day starts with coffee and the Sydney Morning Herald crossword at a favourite coffee haunt, as he is wary of the perils of dementia, and thinks crosswords are a viable safeguard. If he lives to a dementia-appropriate age (evidence says he won’t), he’ll let us know. More about the Author

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Veronica Giddings

Born and raised in Canberra, Veronica is a makeup artist by trade with a background in sales, business and marketing- creative at heart with a corporate soul. Veronica is also an avid foodie, writing at cbreats.com in her spare time. When she's not eating food, she's writing about it, taking photos of it or talking about it. A love of Canberra has brought her to HerCanberra where she loves having the opportunity to interact with the Canberra community. More about the Author

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