Throughout the world, few things compare to a good cup of coffee. However, for a person with a rather hot disposition, there might just be one thing that begs comparison, a great glass of iced coffee. From signature Frappuccinos to the simplicity of just adding ice to coffee, a legacy is thriving. However, in order to leave a legacy, one needs a history, an origin. So, what exactly is the origin of iced coffee?
One of iced coffee's main roots stems back to the 17th century in Vienna. After the Turkish army unsuccessfully besieged the city of Vienna, they left behind a substantial surplus of coffee beans. Perhaps having too much of a "good thing" led the Viennese into experimenting with different variations of the increasingly popular brew. Hence with the opposite of hot came, well, lets try it cold. Plus it probably helped having the Alps as abundant supply of ice/snow to mix in with their beverages. A bit of a stretch on that one I think but worth a shot.
The strongest link to the origins of iced coffee however seem to revert back to a French concoction known as mazagran. Mazagran is a cold coffee beverage made with strong coffee, lemon, ice and sometimes rum. It was all the rage in the 19th century as the drink was seen to be slightly risqué, Ou la la!
Following that, in the mid 1990's Starbucks along with the Pepsi Co., took mazagran a step further in a slightly failed joint venture to create a bottled coffee soda. They called it quite appropriately, Mazagran. Unfortunately it didn't garner a huge following as they had hoped, but it did provide a stepping stone for Starbuck's globally popular bottled drink known as the bottled Frappuccino.
So there you have it, an ode to a cool and caffeinated past, the origin of iced coffee. Whether you're at home making use of that left over coffee in the pitcher or standing in line on a hot summer day at a local Starbucks, you're now armed with a little piece of knowledge to make that iced beverage seem oh so much colder and oh so much sweeter. Well, as they say in Austria, Prost! Cheers!
There are literally thousands of iced coffee recipes on the internet. Here's a simple one to get you started. It's extremely easy and taste great, however, if you've got a talent for fixing iced coffee or even a recipe you've seen and would like to try, please post it in the comment section and share.
1 1/2-cup Freshly Brewed Godiva Chocolate Truffle Coffee
1 large glass of crushed ice
1/4- cup 2% milk or dairy creamer
2 teaspoons of Nesquick