The majority of people drink their coffee like this year-round

I hail from New England, a place where America consistently runs on Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee year-round, despite sub-zero weather conditions. Drinking coffee in moderation has myriad health benefits alongside being an absolutely delightful way to start your day. In honor of National Coffee Day this past Tuesday, let’s take a look at this recent survey conducted by OnePoll and Mr. Coffee himself on how exactly Americans are “taking” their roasted bean brews in quarantine times.

Don’t forget to leave yourself a generous tip if you get that at home iced pumpkin spice latte just right.

What does the survey say?

With quarantine shuttering a staggering amount of small businesses, with indoor dining and cafes taking the hardest hit, many of us lost our beloved barista and our second home to caffeine-fueled creative projects and it’s affected our mental health as well. Especially in states hit the hardest by the Coronavirus crisis. Apparently, over 57 percent of the over 2,000 daily java drinkers polled admitted they were forced to come up with creative solutions for their jittery morning fix.

A few terrible trial and error latte failures probably have you wishing you did take that barista gig when you were paying your way through college. At the very least you’ll be much kinder the next time that poor kid behind the counter forgets your extra squirt of pumpkin spice once you take a closer look at the following statistics.

With 49 percent of folks trying their hand at artisanal latte art, many folks prefer the traditional iced coffee or cold brew that packs a punch to enhance their focus and to readily meet those harried deadlines. Thirty-eight percent of these “quaristas,” coined by a recent feature in Fox Daily News, found getting that iced coffee just right was far more difficult than previously imagined. In fact, 21 percent of these java enthusiasts polled gave up on trying to make an iced coffee that turned out to be a watered-down mess altogether. Think about these statistics next time you forget to tip your favorite barista.

Making your own iced coffee at home

This report released by South West News Service includes this quote from Justin Crout, director of marketing and brand lead for Mr. Coffee. He chimes in by adding,

“It can be tricky to get the proportions right and to the right temperature without it tasting watered down — a problem most at-home baristas run into. It’s important to get a machine that takes all of that into account so you can step up your iced coffee-making skills at home.”

As a former barista from my college days of yore, I can tell you this much. Buy a pour-over coffee contraption with small coffee filters to fit the size and shape of it. Scoop three times the portion of ground coffee—espresso blends translate especially well—compared to the regular amount you’d use for a hot cup of joe. Boil hot water on the stove. Grab a large glass mason jar with about 4 ice cubes in the bottom. Place the pour-over contraption on top of the mason jar with ice cubes and slowly pour the boiling water over your ground espresso blend. Repeat until you have the desired amount of cold brew and voila! You now have a turbo-charged iced coffee to get you through the day.

Making iced coffee my way will prevent you from being one of the 38 percent of Americans that claim homemade iced coffee leaves a bitter watery taste in their mouth. Instead, you’ll be in the 57 percentile of folks who’ve come up with fun innovative ways to make cafe level latte art in the comfort of their own home. This will be a far safer option in the coming colder months when venturing to cafes or restaurants at any time will be considered a high-risk activity.

If you’re like me and 63 percent of other Americans who drink iced coffee despite the rain, sleet, or snow it’s best to look into ways to make a better brew for you. You’ll thank your health, wallet, and daily morning routine for picking up this new skill. I’ll take mine with oat milk, please.