Americans, you never seize to surprise me. 

After having lived here for about one year I’ve just discovered something new the other week. And I am not making this up, even the Boston Globe reported about it a couple weeks back (see article here).

Btw, if any Americans are reading this, please explain this phenomenon to me. I’d LOVE to understand. Really.

What am I talking about? Let me set this post in context for you first. We are currently experiencing winter, I’m not talking about your average mild winter. I’m talking New England style type of winter, the wind chills are powerful (nicely said), the cold is bitter and the storms are never-ending. It’s February after all. They say a few more blizzards are coming our way.

Baseline: It’s cold. Real cold.

So, what is it that people (everyone except me) drink around here in the morning (or at any given time of day really) and that you will see everywhere, sitting on office desks, in classrooms, on construction sites, EVERYWHERE?

Iced coffee. With LOTS of ice cubes.

Yap. I am not exaggerating here. It is freezing cold but still a big part of the population deems it to be a good choice of drink. Why?

I tried to understand.

Is it the taste? Is it the fact that you can immediately start drinking it and don’t have to wait until it’s cooled off? Is it that your body doesn’t even care about the cold anymore (because you’ve evolved into a real Northeasterner with immunity to cold) ? I’d LOVE TO KNOW.

Dunkin’ Donuts (of course) also did a little study about this phenomenon back in 2011, check out their insights here.

Are there any interesting food or drink habits you see around where you live? Let me know.

Have a lovely day, wherever you are.

And whatever drinks you choose to go for, you DO YOU.



  1. Jasilyn February 19, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Hahaha! I love iced coffee all year round, and I’m constantly cold. I don’t know how to answer your question though. Iced coffee is better than hot coffee? That’s what I’ll go with. I know in Russia they NEVER put ice in drinks because they think it’ll make them sick even in the summer. I think Americans have just adapted and evolved differently!

    1. sandra.zottl - Site Author February 19, 2018 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks for sharing your American insight:-) Have a great day!

  2. peter February 21, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Maybe a good part of the iced coffee folks in winter time want to brave, tough out and mock the winter-cold on purpose and as some sort of a statement? People in Moscow like to have ice cream in the street in harshest winter frost! And some of the more crazy folks even swim or take a dive in frozen lakes and rivers…


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