Coffee is more of a lifestyle than a beverage. Those that don’t get it call it a drug, those that do call it a purpose.

It’s the thing that gets us out of bed in the morning and sings us loudly off to sleep at night.

Which is why it makes total sense that sparkling coffee is a thing.

Carbonated coffee, or “coffee soda” is basically cold-brewed coffee that’s been lightly carbonated. It’s quietly been around for a while (they’ve been throwing back gassosa al caffè in Calabria for decades), but it really took off late last year when major brand Dare released its own version.

Your first sparkling coffee experience should be a good one. Tin and Timber specialise in a Kyoto-style blend of coffee that they then lightly carbonise. That means it’s made super-slowly at low-temperatures for a smoother, less bitter cup.

You can make your own sparkling coffee by adding some soda water to your favourite cold brew. It gives your coffee extra fizz and your caffeine-hit extra buzz.

If bubbles aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to get your coffee hit. Here are some of our favourites.

St Ali Wide Awake
The new blends of cold coffee are so much more than the sugar-laden versions you pick up with your petrol. St Ali make this rich, dark cold espresso that’s basically the Guinness of cold coffee blends.

They also make a really decent chilled oat latte.

$25 for six.

Cold Brew Black from Toby’s Estate
The ultimate in portable coffee experiences, a can of Cold Brew Black has all the intense flavour of a Toby’s Estate Woolloomooloo blend without the piping-hot awkwardness.

If you haven’t discovered a decent cold brew yet, get onto this one.

$79.20 for 16 or $19.20 for four.

The Kind Coffee Co. Organic Cold Brew
If coffee is a tonic for the soul, then the stuff they’re producing at The Kind Coffee Co. along the Tweed River is also an elixir for the planet. They do all their blending and crafting with zero waste and an injection of true community spirit. They basically turn coffee waste into mushrooms and what could be better than that?

$49 for four or $34 for two.

Shotspresso
If you like your coffee strong and slammed, a shotspresso is for you. Each shot contains a whopping 180mg of caffeine – which is about three cups of regular espresso. Prepare to start your engine!

$23.99 for six or $299 for 90.

Industry Beans Cold Brew Concentrate
A coffee concentrate like this means you can make your cold brew strong enough to prop you up all day. Industry Beans are a cold brew specialist, so you’re in good hands. This specialty blend is also the biz for cocktails (see below).

$24 a bottle.

If it’s been a minute since you put a spin on your regular coffee break, try one of these.

Iced coffee
Iced coffee as we know it is essentially an Aussie exclusive. If you ordered one in a café in any other country they’d look at your like you were slightly daft.

Genius, not daft. However, don’t get me started on the interpretation of “iced coffee” as being cold coffee served with a stack of ice in it. Just no. Iced coffee is so named because it’s loaded with ice cream, so keep your watery ice cubes away from my brew, please.

1 cup coffee, chilled (or use cold brew)
¼ cup milk (or to taste)
1 generous scoop vanilla ice cream
Whipped cream
Chocolate syrup

Combine coffee and milk in a tall glass and add the ice cream. Top with whipped cream and a swirl of chocolate syrup. Serve immediately.

Espresso martini
A party in a glass, an espresso martini will lift you up on every level. Mind you, it will probably throw you straight back down again, but that’s a ride we are willing to take.

40 ml vodka
20 ml Kahlua (also works well with Baileys or Armarula)
20 ml espresso coffee, chilled

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with a cup of ice.
Shake with passion until the cocktail shaker feels ice cold. Pour into a cocktail glass and serve, then immediately begin making another one.

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