Scalding, or Don't Spill In Your Crotch or You'll Need Reconstructive Surgery And a Whole Mess of Lawyers Temperature (D.S.I.Y.C.O.Y.N.R.S.A.A.W.M.O.L.T.)
Hot, or Perfect Sipping Temperature (P.S.T)
Perfect Gulping Temperature (P.G.T.)
Room Temperature (R.T.)
I love Hot and Iced. I'm perfectly content with Room Temperature (I'm drinking it right now). I'll skip the Scalding (thank you very much). But we're here today to discuss Perfect Gulping Temperature. I learned about it from Zena (thanks again, darlin'), and I believe she learned about it from a friend who first identified the concept.
P.G.T. is the absolute hottest temperature at which coffee can be comfortably gulped. Any hotter and it scalds the throat. Any cooler and it's on its way to tepid.
It is a concept of interest, I believe, principally to the die-hard caffeine addicts amongst us. Sipping is lovely, but it's all about "tasting" and "savoring." There is a very special pleasure that occurs only when the coffee has finally cooled to the point where one can swig back the first hearty quaff, feeling it rush down the throat, warm the belly, and send delicious tingles up the jugular veins to the groggy back of the brain. Then another gulp, and the heart begins to pump. Another, and... Oh, Sweet Jesus!
Try it. You'll like it.