‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot; I wish that you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.’
Hot coffee is one of my favorite things. Morning is simply not good without it. ‘Speak not unto me of the good of morning if thou presenteth not the hot cup of Java when thou dost speak.’ (An old adage I just made up.) Nothing turns up the morning like a steaming hot cup of strong, sweet, coffee augmented with some heavy cream.
These days iced coffee has also made a big showing in our culture. Its virtues are extolled by many. As hot coffee tops off the cool of the morning, iced coffee seems to ease the heat of the day. Few drinks carry the weight of this wonderful beverage when served in temperature extremes. It is truly a drink loved by many as long as it is served with the proper amount of heat or cold. Allow it to sit and cool or stand and warm and its virtues fade.
Room temperature coffee appeals to very few, if any. It simply loses its luster when allowed to moderate to the middle. Coffee needs either heat or ice, it does very poorly when found in its lukewarm state. A lot of tepid coffee has ended up on a trip down the sink into the sewer. Is just not good when it’s lukewarm. People throw it out.
I don’t think I need to state the obvious. Jesus already did.