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10 summer alternatives to hot coffee

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

For those latte fanatics and long black lovers there’s some great cold options to chill you out until temperatures drop once more. As the temperatures soar and the sun shines in Canberra, HerCanberra has been out searching for the 10 best drinks to stay cool this summer.

Cold Brew/Cold drip

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  For those of us who like coffee in the form of a long black, but are looking for a summer friendly option, cold brew coffee might be the perfect summer swap. Cold brew coffee is steeped in room temperature or cold water, giving it a different flavour compared to standard espresso. Served with ice it’s perfect for those too hot days when you still need your coffee fix. As it is somewhat of a specialty, cold brew isn’t available everywhere, however many local Canberra coffee shops have great cold brew options to try. We love Bellerophon Cold Brew at Tupelo Coffee Co in the City and the house made cold brew at Barrio Collective in Braddon.

 Iced Latte/ Iced long black

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If the milky latte is more your style, switch it up and try an iced latté this summer. Different to cold brew, an iced latté ice uses standard espresso, poured over ice and is topped with cold milk. Grab one from Espresso Room in Tuggeranong, Woden or Belconnen.

 Iced Tea


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  A comforting cup of hot tea is great in the chilly months in Canberra, but when it’s 35 degrees and you’re trying to keep cool, you can still enjoy a cuppa. There are many great iced tea options in Canberra. The Cupping Room in Canberra City offers Cascara, an iced tea made from the cherry of a coffee tree. Served with lychees and mint this is a deliciously refreshing way to stay cool.

 Iced chai

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The spices of chai tea are fantastically warming during winter, however, iced chai is equally delicious and delightfully cooling in summer. If you’re a fan of cinnamon, spice and all things nice try an iced chai latte. We love the one from Eighty/Twenty in Braddon and Harvest in the City

Healthy smoothies

  When you’re after something a little more substantial a healthy smoothie is the way to go. Whether you’re after a lighter fruity version or a meal in a cup, Canberra cafés have you covered. Try the Brekkie Smoothie at Penny University in Kingston and the Popeye at Eighty/Twenty Food in Braddon.

Cold Pressed Juices

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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! We love Wake Up Call – a nutty chocolate concoction to get you going.

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.

Milkshakes and R18+ milkshakes

Of course there’s Pâttisez’s Freakshakes, but The Cupping Room’s King Shakes are also the bomb if you’re looking for an epic drink that could also count as afternoon tea or dessert. If you’re looking for a more grown up version of a milkshake to keep cool, calm and collected this summer, look no further than Space Kitchen in Woden. Nutella, frangelico and burnt marshmallows, need I say more…

Bubble Tea

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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 in the Canberra Centre or Westfield Woden, or from Chatime in the University Precinct.

 Mocha Frappé 

  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.

 House made soda

Craving soda? Try one with a gourmet twist. Barrio in Braddon offers homemade soda in delicious new flavours. Try the crabapple and honey or a grannysmith and rhubarb. Refreshing! We also love Penny University’s home made elderflower and citrus ‘cordial’.

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