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Guten Tag! It’s mid-summer and the UK has been sweltering lately, so my usual hot coffee has been replaced with iced coffee. The other day my mum mentioned Eiskaffee, the traditional German ‘iced coffee’, and I felt inspired to share this, quite frankly, amazing beverage with you all so you, too, can make your very own, German Eiskaffee!
A cup of black coffee
Eine Tasse schwarzer Kaffee
1-2 scoops of vanilla ice cream
1-2 Kugeln Vanilleeis
Chocolate flakes, buttons, or cocoa powder
Schokostreusel, Schokoladenknöpfe, oder Kakaopulver
And that’s your traditional German Eiskaffee!
Of course, you can experiment with different flavours by using different ice cream, such as Schokolade (chocolate) and Hazelnuss (hazelnut), and/or by changing the topping from chocolate sprinkles to Zimt (cinnamon) or Karamellsirup (caramel syrup), for example.
So now you know how to make German Eiskaffee for yourself – great! But what’s also great is that, despite the translation of the word, you now know that ‘Eiskaffee’ in Germany (and Austria) is vastly different from the ‘iced coffee’ you get in the UK or US: an espresso poured over ice cubes. Now you can order Eiskaffee knowing exactly what you will be served: this sweet, tasty, coffee-dessert.
Should you actually want a simple, cold coffee, though, what do you ask for? Leave me your suggestions (or experiences of ordering it) in the comments!
Note: You will also find ‘Eiskaffee’ in supermarkets, sold as cold coffee in a can.
If you try an Eiskaffee for the first time after reading this post, leave a comment and let me know what you make of it!
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