Iced Coffee, aisu-koohii (Japan)


Iced Coffee, aisu-koohii アイスコーヒー

***** Location: Japan, worldwide
***** Season: All Summer
***** Category: Humanity



In Japan, we have iced coffee, meaning hot coffe cooled down with ice cubes and drunk with milk and sweet syrup.


There is also Coffee Float,
cold coffee with floating vanilla ice cream and plenty of whipped cream.


Both are of course favorites in summer and some stores do not sell them in the winter months.
It is best with dripp coffee and ice, but now of course we have also instant ice coffee, cans and bottles to choose from.
It is usually served in a high glass, but can also be served in a mug of copper, where the dewdrops create an extra effect of coolness.


How to prepare Iced Coffee in Japan.

Worldwide use

Bermuda Ice Coffee
Put a cup of coffee to which cream and sugar has been added in a blender. Add 1 or 2 scoops of Coffee ice cream. Blend. Serve in cold mug or glass.

We don't tend to drink iced tea or iced coffee in England so "cold coffee" doesn't evoke any particular season here.

We have Eiskaffee, which is coffee with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream, as the Japanese call the floating coffee. After all, not the coffee is floating, but the ice cream in it.
Gabi Greve

Greek Eiscaffee with Kahlua

Thai Iced Coffee with Cardamon

Perception of kigo is strongly cultural, laced throughout its literature, customs, etc. For me if the season isn't obvious I don't feel it's a good kigo for my American culture. Cold coffee has little precedence as a kigo for me.
For example 'hot chocolate' is a good American Winter kigo, books and movies are filled with it as a Winter beverage and is a common treat for children after playing in the snow. Even regions in America where there is no snow and hot chocolate is rare, its presence in books and movies make it known there as well.
Although iced drinks are appreciated more in the summer many are consumed all year while others have a distinct seasonal quality. For me iced coffee and iced pop don't have a strong seasonal precedence but iced lemonade does again with its presence in books and movies.
Michael Baribeau

Vietnamese Iced Coffee, illustrated. Ca phe sua da.

Things found on the way

The Ultimate Coffee Page
How to brew the ultimate drink
Is water important?
How to store coffee?
Growing coffee trees
And so on and so on


Seen in Thailand on the rural market place, but also in many other places in Asia:

iced coffee -
the boy stirrs his drink
with the fingers

Eiscaffee -
der Junge ruehrt im Glas
mit dem Finger

Gabi Greve


Related words

***** Cold Coffee
iced coffee, ice coffee, Eiskaffee
Kigo for all summer

Of course, in winter, it cools faster -- the indoor temperature in Irish homes is often so chilly that coffee is already cold before one is quite ready to drink it... shiver!

"Kalter Kaffee" (cold coffee) is German for old hat -- stale news, something that has had its day, something one cannot take seriously any more...
Isabelle Prondzynski



Cold coffee,
dark as the morning light –
one abandoned cup.

Isabelle Prondzynski


bus stop bench
coffee in a paper cup
half frozen

Carol Raisfeld

The winter kigo is frozen.


***** Hot Coffee
Kigo for Winter

Hot coffee can be enjoyed at any season, even at an Ice-coffeeshop in summer on a warm terrasse.
But as a warming experience, it is a winter kigo.


hot coffee---
the stench of
unscaled fish

Robert Wilson


bundled children
walking to school-
hot coffee

The winter kigo is bundled.

hot coffee-
forsythia blooms
blind the drivers

'forsythia' , kigo for spring, is a bush full of yellow blossoms, plantedalong the highways in my state.



***** Eiscaffee
Kigo for All Summer

A cafeteria where you can enjoy your hot or cold or iced coffee. In Germany they are open all summer, usually serving delicious Italian icecream too. Some Italian Eiscaffees also serve Pizza all year long. They are very popular in Germany.


. Cappuccino with Dragon design .





1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Not much to do with coffee as such, but rather with the summer season in BELGIUM (it may be more suitable for a "street restaurant" or "street cafe" kigo, but is fun to post here already).

In Brussels, street restaurents are an infallible sign of summer.
Restaurants in particular move their furniture out into the street,
where they take over pavements and pedestrianised roads. People go
by, watching those sitting and eating or drinking, who in turn watch
them. The mouths of the passers-by water, and the mouths of the
sitters comment on what they see... And there are all sorts of
decisions to take -- whether to sit in the sun or the shade, whether
it is about to rain and preferable to choose an indoors table,
whether there might be a draught in a particular corner too close to
the passing traffic... And the staff have longer walks between the
kitchen and the tables, as well as more diners -- these outdoor
dinners are very popular.

There is a restaurant at the end of my little street, which is a very
popular place, particularly in the summer, with pleasant owners who
also sell their own artisan-made pasta for taking home. When I walk past at
lunchtime, I see some of my colleagues eating there (very often,
I steal a look what they are eating or -- perhaps even more
interesting! -- with whom they are eating it).

The mixing and mingling of diners and pedestrians seems to cause no
problems, nor do the diners seem to mind the traffic fumes very

On Saturdays, my neighbours' restaurant is closed -- their day of
rest. And this evening, we had a sudden downpour.

caught in the rain --
street cafe sunroof
a handy shelter

Isabelle, 20 August 2005 in Brussels

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