Philz prides itself, of course, on making its drip coffee one cup at a time. What is less obvious is that they also do this with tea, or at least they do at the 24th Street original branch. A little weird in the case of hot tea, but somewhat unthinkable in the context of iced tea...which is made in a batch in a pitcher. That's just how it's done. It saves work and time, and it makes the iced tea taste good. I already thought something was strange when the barista asked me if I wanted cream and honey in my iced tea (I was worried that I'd be stuck with a mistaken order of hot tea, because...cream?).* Then I picked up my cup and I realized that it was hot tea with ice cubes in it. HOT TEA WITH ICE CUBES IN IT. The laws of physics dictate that rather than the ice cubes making the drink cold, they will melt, creating a watery, luke-warm mess. Philz, you make tremendous coffee. If you don't want to serve other things, you don't have to. Don't passive-aggressively make them bad.
*It just occurred to me that maybe they did mess up my order and rather than starting from scratch just tried to fix it. Has anyone else had iced tea at this Philz and can you corroborate my findings?