It’s the battle of the century. No, I’m not talking about the 2020 U.S. presidential election, I’m talking about the battle of iced versus hot coffee.  

Iced coffee has gotten enough time in the spotlight. It’s time to appreciate the elite form of coffee — the classic hot coffee. 

There’s a number of reasons why I believe hot coffee is the superior of the two. First of all being that iced coffee gets watery after sitting for longer than 10 minutes. Who wants watery coffee? Not me. 

Hot coffee is typically my go-to caffeine choice in the morning. It’s already ready by the time I get up in the morning, ready to be poured in my mug of choice. That’s another fun thing about hot coffee — the mug choices are practically endless.

Coffee mugs are the perfect gift for anyone, mostly due to the fact that there are more coffee mug designs than anyone could imagine. Why would anyone let their glorious mug collection sit and collect dust? Put them to work.

Cold weather has hit the Northwest hard this year, particularly noting the snow that hit Spokane in mid-October. 

Getting out of a warm bed in the dead of winter is hard enough, why prolong that chilly feeling with an iced coffee?

Hot coffee is warm and inviting, and can heat you up from the inside out. When your feet and fingers are cold because your heater hasn’t been working as well as it should, there’s no reason to put your fingers through more trauma by holding an iced coffee. 

There’s also a number of drinks that can be bought at coffee stands in the fall and winter that are obviously superior in the hot coffee format. Have you ever thought, ‘yeah, I’ll get an iced pumpkin spice latte when it’s 30 degrees outside?’ No! The hot PSL is the only way to enjoy the drink. 

You don’t even have to go to coffee stands to get a hot PSL either. Especially during the holiday season, coffee creamer brands have a large arrangement of festive creamers that will make it seem like you just picked up the hot coffee from Starbucks. 

My favorite holiday creamer is the Starbucks Peppermint Mocha, which can be picked up at virtually any grocery store. 

I can see the argument now — “but hot coffee gets cold and then isn’t as good.” Well, my friend, have you ever heard of a microwave? Or, better yet, get a cup of ice and make that iced coffee that you are so fond of.

While I do think that iced coffee may be superior in the warmer summer months, I don’t think that there’s even a reason to argue the better coffee in the winter time. It’s cozy, inviting, keeps you warm, doesn’t get watered down and it puts your mugs to good use.

Stop spending tons of money at different coffee shops and get yourself a good coffee machine that can brew multiple cups in one go. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Lindsey Wilson is a staff writer. Follow her on Twitter at @lindseyrwilson1. 

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