Not every coffee drinker is a fan of intense espressos, ristrettos, or lungos. An americano is a perfect option for those looking to transition from lighter coffees to espresso or those who want exactly something in between. Put it simply, an americano is a diluted espresso and it can be transformed into a refreshing and delicious cup of coffee for summer days. Keep reading to learn how to make an iced americano.
What is an iced americano?
An iced americano coffee is made of espresso shots topped with cold water to create a light layer of crema, then served over ice cubes. The result is a refreshing and rich cup with depth and nuance. It’s common to find iced americanos available at coffee shops, but this wonderful drink can easily be brewed at home if you have access to an espresso maker.
Iced americano recipe
Portfolio coffee beans, an espresso maker, cold water, and ice are your basics for the iced americano recipe. Espresso makers can be of two main types: stovetop espresso makers, also known as Moka pots or Italian coffee makers, and espresso machines. Both can brew delicious coffee so go with the one you prefer. As long as you’re able to get an espresso shot you’re sure to be equipped to brew an iced americano.
Iced americano ingredients
- 1 espresso
- 1 glass of cold water
- Ice cubes
How to make iced americano
Brew an espresso shot and let it rest while you prep your final cup.
Fill your cup with as much ice as you’d like. There are no hard rules here, it’s all about your personal taste.
Add cold water to the cup. If you need a starting point, try a ratio of 2:1 as in 2 parts water to 1 part espresso. The more water you add, the more diluted the americano will be and have a lighter taste.
Pour the espresso shot into your iced cup. Stir gently if you’d like to preserve some of the crema for extra taste.
What are the best coffees for iced americano?
Iced americanos are generally best enjoyed if brewed with beans with low acidity and hints of sweetness - these also tend to pair extremely well with milk and creamers if that's your preference. Well-balanced coffee beans are ideal for a refreshing iced coffee that is not bitter. All beans by Portfolio coffee can be enjoyed as an iced americano, but these are the staff recommendations to get you started:
- Fazenda Cachoeira Brazil single origin coffee
- Equilibrio Brazil-Nicaragua coffee blend
- Joia Rara Brazil fermented coffee