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.
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.