As soon as the slightest suggestion of warmer weather is in the air, the test kitchen’s affections for a hot afternoon tea turn to a refreshing iced coffee. We all know the numbness of the 3 o’clock slump, but few rally like the test kitchen staff.
It’s like a beautiful choreographed dance: One of us grabs the stash of Illy espresso while one of us pulls out the stove-top espresso pot, measures three heaping tablespoons of coffee, and fills the bottom of the pot with water; meanwhile one of us mans the Bodum milk frother and hastily churns and froths whole milk for our iced coffees. While the coffee brews, another grabs an ice bath to chill the coffee. Soon, we’re all enjoying a much-needed caffeinated libation. With pick-me-up in hand, we finish the day without longing for a nap.