Did you feel that? I’m sure you did because it is an unmistakable, in your face, terrorizing addition to our daily lives that we all know will be here for the next 5-6 months. Hello, cold.
As the fall chill seeps into our bones and slowly morphs into winter’s blustery hell, begin to think of all the warm things you can use to counteract the inevitable cold. Crackling fires, fuzzy socks, hats, scarves, sweaters, and hot beverages—they are all ready for some action. As the temperature drops, I crave a hot cup of coffee in a nice mug, preferably one that I can cuddle up with on the couch while watching Gilmore Girls. A warm cup of anything, really, seems to thaw the soul and ease the fingertips.
In fact, a study in 2008 from Science proved that people with warm hands (warmed by hot mugs, for example) tend to be more generous toward others. This is most likely due to the fact that we are programmed from birth to associate warmth with trustworthiness.
Why do I drink hot coffee in the summertime? I pondered this question yesterday when the TasteBUds staff and I grabbed donuts at Mei Mei (more about that in an upcoming article) and I waited patiently for fifteen minutes for my hot pour-over coffee over an instant iced beverage. And I wasn’t alone; editor-in-chief Cat Lau also insisted on a hot drink in the very warm and packed Mei Mei Street Kitchen. Isn’t it counter-intuitive to heat yourself up when all you want is too cool down and embrace the summer’s iced coffees, teas and frozen hot chocolates? Experts disagree.
If you’re ever rapidly fanning your mouth at the dinner table, it’s either because your meal is hot or hot. The first kind of heat can be easily controlled; just lower the cooking temperature or wait a bit before you chow down. But maybe it’s not about heat; maybe your eyes are tearing and you’re desperately seeking a refilled glass of water to soothe the burn of the Country Style Pad Thai you ordered. It’s the second case that can take a little practice to master.