I am always surprised when it’s over 100 degrees outside and someone comes in and orders a hot coffee. This morning alone we made several Cafe Mochas, 1 Vanilla Cappuccino, 2 Americanos, and a dozen or so cups of coffee–all hot! Several people have told us that drinking a hot beverage in the heat cools them down. During college, Brian worked outside and several of his co-workers made the same claim– bringing a thermos of home-brewed coffee to drink throughout the day.
I did a search on the Internet and found that people have been asking this same question for a long time, and the consensus seems to be that a hot beverage will make you feel cooler initially because it makes you sweat, and sweat cools you off as it evaporates; however, the overall effect of the hot beverage is that it eventually warms you up.
I can not say whether this explanation is based on scientific fact from the little research I’ve done here, and even if it is a proven fact, people are still going to disagree on how a hot beverage affects them during hot weather. As a barista at HeBrews, I will continue to serve up hot drinks to customers who order their favorite beverage throughout the summer time. As the saying goes, “Some like it hot!”