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Living abroad: The Japanese Iced Black Coffee.
One of the most popular drinks in Japan among young-adults and adults is the ice-coffee. In the west, iced coffee is almost a taboo, and even in the east there aren’t many countries where people drink it. This is not talking about Frappes, or coffee-based iced drinks. What we are talking about is pure black iced coffee.
There’s a way, called cold brew, to make cold coffee. This method takes about 12 hours and the idea of it isn’t to serve cold coffee, but to make the coffee from room temperature water or cold water. It takes about 12 hours. Another way, unknown by many people, is the Japanese cold coffee. This technic brews the coffee with hot water into a jar with ice. It is sweetened with gum syrup, because sugar is too difficult to dissolve in this case. You might find it strange to drink iced cold coffee, but when coming to Japan, give it a try!
Japanese Iced Black Coffee: “Mm… that’s not too bad!”
Review by Sakari Mesimaki
Exchange student at Sophia University
Home University: University of Cambridge, U.K.
“It is my first time drinking ice coffee in Japan. I’ve heard about it, I’ve seen it in shops, but never have I considered drinking it. Where I come from, coffee is drunk hot and syrup is for desserts. Cold coffee is what you drink when you forget about your mug and return to it half an hour later. I am a native of Finland, a country in Northern Europe that boasts the world’s highest coffee consumption per capita. It is a statistic I have been working hard to contribute to ever since high school, when taking a break from studying meant making a cup of coffee.
There’s something silly about drinking coffee through a straw, and I feel like I should be out shopping with friends rather than sitting in an office where an aluminum can of salary man coffee would be less out of place. I take another sip, and am taken back to the cold winter days when I drunk my coffee cold due only to my own forgetfulness. Good. It tastes like the coffee I know.
Indeed it tastes very much like coffee, not just something coffee flavored. It is delightfully bitter, and I can barely recognize the flavor of the syrup. The truth is, I love coffee, and I struggle to find a coffee that I dislike. This is no exception. A pleasant aftertaste lingers at the back of my mouth. Certainly it is superior to the usual vending machine fare.
It is good coffee. I may well buy it again, though perhaps hot next time.”