As the temperatures soar, the thought of downing a steamy long black becomes a whole lot less appealing. But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to let slide your status as a discerning, coffee-quaffing Melburnian. Plenty of cafés have been getting creative with the cold caffeine concept, turning out icy treats designed to blow minds. Ditch your go-to iced latte in favour of one of these clever creations.
Black Tonic at BAWA Café
For a cold coffee with loads of wow factor, it’s hard to top the three-tiered beauty of BAWA’s black tonic. This carbonated take on iced coffee has all the flair of a science experiment, pulling together fizzy tonic; smooth, crema-topped espresso; and a burst of kaffir lime syrup, to create a layered effect you’ll find almost too pretty to disrupt.
Bubble Cup Cold Drip at Industry Beans
The clever kids at Industry Beans have taken the concept of bubble tea to wondrous new, caffeinated heights, with their bubble cup cold drip. This playful riff on iced coffee sees single origin cold drip brought together with soy milk, creamy condensed milk, and coffee-soaked tapioca balls, for a creation that leaves those other tea-infused versions for dead.
Iced Coffee at The Glass Den
Order an iced coffee at The Glass Den and you’ll get to unleash your DIY spirit in the most delicious way possible. At this innovative Coburg café, each cold coffee arrives at the table deconstructed – a sphere of iced espresso in a glass, teamed with petite bottles of milk and coffee, ready for you to take the reins and blend, according to taste.
Nitro-Charged Tap Cold Brew at Aunty Peg’s
Collingwood caffeine haven Aunty Peg’s does a stellar version of that Melbourne summer staple, cold brew. Only here, it’s poured fresh from a trio of beer taps behind the coffee bar. To work this magic, coffee beans are brewed in cold water and the result filtered, before being charged with nitrogen, ready to shoot forth from those taps and into your bloodstream.
Iced Coffee at Barry – Northcote
At Northcote favourite Barry, opting for a cold caffeine hit doesn’t have to mean forgoing that lush, frothy milk that proves such a treat in a cappuccino or latte. When crafting one of their coveted iced coffees, baristas at the corner café use a special tool to whip cold milk into a fluffy frenzy, which forms a creamy cloud when poured atop a tall jar of ice, espresso, and milk.
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