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What is an Iced Coffee?

Is there anything better on a hot summer's day than sitting back, relaxing and enjoying an iced coffee? But exactly what is an iced coffee? Read on to have all your questions answered. 

What is an iced coffee?

If you’re asking yourself ‘what is an iced coffee?’, then look no further. Quite simply, an iced coffee is a cold version of your favourite coffee, but it’s not simply a coffee that has been left to cool. Like a regular coffee, it’s usually a combination of hot espresso and milk. However, ice is added too. 

Unlike a regular coffee, the iced version will not have frothy or steamed milk, as it simply doesn't translate well into the iced version. It’s because of this, that you may find less milk is added to an iced coffee than a regular one, or it can sometimes be even milkier. If this is the case, another shot of espresso can be used. 

You will likely find that the flavours of a regular coffee and an iced one are also different. The iced version tends to be less sweet.  

Now you know what an iced coffee is, why not explore how to make your own iced coffee at home?

What is the difference between iced coffee and iced latte?

Both drinks are coffee-based, and require ice. However, the biggest difference is likely to be the amount of milk added. An iced latte has a larger amount of chilled milk added to it, whereas a regular iced coffee can have no milk at all or just a small amount.

Because the coffee to milk ratio is different in these two drinks, an iced latte is likely to have less coffee content than an iced coffee. Therefore, an iced latte will be sweeter than an iced coffee.

Another difference is the preparation. Whilst an iced latte is not a latte cooled down, an iced coffee can be made with espresso that is then chilled and poured over ice. A small amount of milk can then be added.

Now we have discovered what an iced coffee is and the difference between and iced coffee and an iced latte, why not explore the cappuccino?

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