Eiskaffee is not Iced Coffee

Cold coffee with a German twist

What’s better than a cup of iced coffee on a hot summer day?

If you walk into a German coffee shop and order an Eiskaffee, you might be setting yourself up for disappointment. That is, unless you like coffee with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

A plastic cup containing black coffee, a scoop of vanilla ice cream, a wooden spoon and a paper straw

In Germany and Austria, Eiskaffee refers to a drink made of coffee, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. It is served in a long glass, usually with a straw and/or a spoon.

If you’re in the mood for a “regular” iced coffee with ice cubes, you can ask for a Kaffee auf Eiswürfeln (coffee on ice cubes).

The confusion stems from the fact that, in German, Eis can either mean ice (as in frozen water) or ice cream.

Maroun Baydoun's Profile picture

Hi, I am , a software engineer living and working in Berlin, Germany. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn