Feel Better, Work Better

Part 4

Here at Office Needs, we know that having a pleasant, comfortable place to work is a great way to keep motivated. However, on a roasting hot summer’s day, that can feel like a challenge! Read on for one of our fun ideas to stay cool in the heat…

If you’re anything like me, you need a bit of caffeine to get your brain whirring in the mornings. However, when the thermometer is creeping higher, sometimes I just can’t face a hot cup of coffee… but an ice-cool version really hits the spot.

STEP ONE: Get frosty…

Some offices are magical places, that come equipped with fridges which have built-in ice makers. Not all of us work in such luxury, but if you want to make truly frosty beverages, you’re going to need a supply of ice!

You might find that your workplace fridge has a built-in ice-box (many come with a small amount of space to store frozen goods). You can bring in some ice cube trays or a bag of pre-made ice to get stocked up and ready for some ice-cold drinks.

If not, don’t despair! Why not be the hero of your overheated office by offering to do an ice run in the morning? If you insulate a bag or box of ice in aluminium foil before placing it in the fridge, it should stay frozen for several hours – plenty of time to caffeinate yourself!

P.S. want to persuade your boss to upgrade to a fridge with a built-in ice box? We’ve got some great products for that! Just get in touch with our team and we’ll help you out…

STEP TWO:  Brew up!

Whether you’re a tea or coffee drinker, iced versions are just a brew and a chill away…

For iced coffee

  1. Make a small cup of black coffee. This should be made stronger than usual to account for dilution from the ice. If you want to brew for lots of people at once, make a strong pot of coffee instead!
  2. Add sugar if you’re using it (or flavoured syrup if you’re feeling fancy!), as this dissolves best in the hot coffee.
  3. Cool the coffee down by either setting it aside, or popping a couple of ice cubes in now to speed up the process.
  4. Once your coffee is cool, add milk (or cream) to your preference, then pop ice cubes in and stir, stir, stir!

BONUS IDEA: Don’t want to water down your coffee too much when the ice melts? Make coffee ice cubes! Just brew it up, cool it down and then pour into ice cube trays. Remember this is all extra caffeine though, so adjust the amount of coffee in your cup accordingly…


For iced tea

  1. Make a cup of your favourite tea (or herbal tea!), but brew it double-strength to account for dilution from ice cubes.
  2. Add sugar if you’re using it, as this dissolves best in the hot tea. A dash of lemon juice is also great for flavour, and will help to preserve the flavonoids.
  3. Set aside the tea to cool, or pop a couple of ice cubes in straight away to speed up the process.
  4. Add extra ice cubes when you’re ready to drink!

BONUS IDEA: Honey is a great way to sweeten iced tea that brings extra antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to the drink – what’s not to like?

P.S. If you’re suffering in the heat, why not pick up a refreshing drink or cooling fan with your next order of supplies? We’ve got some on offer to help you beat the heat…


STEP THREE: Serve up (or just sip solo and make your co-workers jealous…)

You can now sit back at your desk and sip a delicious, ice cold drink that will also help you stay more alert – win, win!

If you have a twist on the recipe, why not let us know on social media? We’re always up for experimenting with a brew…

That’s all for this week, but I hope you enjoy making these ice-cool beverages, and they help you enjoy the sunshine rather than suffer in the heat!

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