The English have a great tradition dating back to the 18th century. It’s called “afternoon tea”. It is completely reasonable in a cold climate where the warmth from a good cup of tea brightens the gloom of a winter’s day in London. However, it doesn’t matter where you look, even in the hottest of hot climates, the English tradition continues and afternoon tea is seen as providing refreshment and pleasure.
So why is tea a good thing in hot climates? Why is it peferred to cold drinks? Well, one only has to think of places where it is grown – look at India and Sri Lanka. These are seriously hot and tropical climates and yet are the home of tea drinking. So one can assume, that hot tea is somewhat better that cold drinks and indeed, those that drink tea will tell you that drinking tea helps to cool them down.
So why don’t we think of a coffee machine as being able to serve us a cup of coffee to cool us down? Well oddly, coffee, like tea, has counter intuitive cooling powers. We all know that when we et hot we sweat and the evaporation of the sweat is your body’s main way of cooling off. When your body senses a change in temperature in your stomach, it sends signals to the brain to kick-start sweat production. Then after the sweat evaporates from your skin, your body cools down. Health fact or health fiction? Fact!
Those living in hot climates know this phenomenon only too well, so when travelling in hot climates, don’t blink an eye when offered a hot coffee or tea drink. One wonderful place to travel is the Middle East, yes it’s hot and dry and the last place you may think about when thinking hot drinks. But Arabic coffee, flavoured with cardamon, is both hot and delicious.
So instead of ordeing an iced coffee and walking straight past your office coffee machine, or Pureau water cooler, stop and think, which one is going to cool you down quicker?