When the weather starts to get hot, there's nothing quite like enjoying a cold iced americano. The iced version of the americano is perfect for summertime and is one of the healthiest cold coffee options available.
In this post, we will discuss what iced americanos are, how to make them at home, and how much money you could be saving by doing so. We'll also cover the difference between iced americanos and other cold coffee drink options. Plus we’ll throw in some variations to inspire you for you iced americano.
So grab a cup of coffee and sit back and relax.
Next time you visit us you'll be able to grab a cup of iced americano instead!
First things first, before we can tackle this question let's talk a bit about the Americano.
An Americano is a hot coffee drink that is made by combining espresso and hot water. There are a couple of theories about the origins of its name.
One is that it was named after American soldiers stationed in Italy in World War II. They were not used to the strong flavors and small volume of espresso, the drink of choice of Italians at the time.
So American soldiers would Americanize this drink by diluting it with hot water. It was not long for the locals to start referring to this drink as an Americano (American, in Italian).
Back to Iced Americano, you guessed it right! This drink is made of 3 simple ingredients:
To prepare it you simply brew espresso coffee, add it to a glass with cold water, add ice and then stir!
Traditionally iced americanos only include these 3 ingredients. But some people like to add a bit of milk or sugar to mellow down the coffee flavor.
Did you know that Iced Americanos are one of the most popular drinks in South Korea?
This depends on the coffee beans you are using, but in general, an iced americano will feature strong coffee notes with earthy and nutty flavors. This is because iced americanos are mostly brewed with espresso beans (medium to dark roast).
An iced americano is a healthy way to start your morning if you live somewhere hot, even if you're doing a keto diet or intermittent fasting. It's also a nice pick-me-up if you need to be refreshed and energized in the afternoon.
So if you make iced americanos part of your daily routine, you should make them at home. Here's why:
Here, this is a great machine to start with, but be sure to check our post reviewing the best espresso machines under $1,000.
De'Longhi Dedica EC680 Espresso and Cappuccino Machine
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This is a very easy coffee drink to make at home.
You will need the following tools to make an Iced Americano:
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You'll only need 3 simple ingredients for this one:
Next, let's talk about some tips on how to make your iced americano as tasty as possible.
Although this is a very simple recipe, here are some tips that will make your iced drink taste even better.
There are many many variations, just take a look at the Starbucks menu for inspiration.
Here are some popular (and still easy to make) variations.
Is Iced Americano too 'vanilla' for you? Then take a look at these iced coffee drinks and decaf iced drinks for inspiration. They're from the Starbucks menu but many of them can be adapted for home.
The main difference between iced americanos and iced coffees is that iced americanos are made with espresso. Iced coffees can be brewed using any type of coffee bean and coffee brewer.
Another difference is that iced coffees can contain milk and sugar, whereas iced americanos are traditionally made without milk or sugar.
The main difference between an Iced Americano and a Cold Brew is that cold brews are made by steeping the coffee in cold water for about 24 hours in the fridge. The coffee beans are ground to a coarse size for cold brews. Iced Americanos are made using espresso beans finely ground, and espresso shots are extracted using an espresso machine.
Coffee is renowned for having a plethora of health benefits.
Further, iced americanos do not contain milk or sugars so you won't have to worry about the negative effects of other coffee drinks (sorry, Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino...)
Besides the caffeine, which will give you an energy boost and increase your alertness, coffee has been shown to lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, enhance heart and brain health, help with liver disease, and so on. The list of health benefits of coffee is quite lengthy.
Just don't drink too many coffee drinks or you'll end up jittery.
An iced americano has about 140 mg of caffeine if it was made with two espresso shots. In comparison, an iced coffee has about 200 mg of caffeine. Note that these can vary by quite a bit. For example, these drinks are made with the Robusta coffee variety, the caffeine content can double.
A 354 mL (12 oz) serving of Iced Americano contains about 10 calories.
Zero! Iced Americanos only contain water, ice and espresso coffee, which in itself does not have any carbs. This is one of the reasons why Iced Americanos are a great choice for keto diets or if you're doing intermittent fasting.
This depends on what you mean by stronger. Iced coffee has more caffeine, but a more mellow flavor thanks to the milk and sugar that is often added.
These are called Iced Caffe Americanos. Starbucks adds the cold water to the espresso instead of adding the espresso to the cold water. Like anything Starbucks, their Iced Caffe Americanos can be customized by adding different types of syrups and milk (almond milk or oat milk are our favorites). They come in different cup sizes, from the tall 12 oz cup to the 24 oz Venti.
Iced Americanos are a great way to get your caffeine fix and enjoy the flavor of espresso without any added sugars or syrups. They're simple to make at home, and you can customize them however you like. Plus, they have lots of health benefits!
Give them a try this summer!
Let us know if you have any questions!
This article is intended for informational purposes only. It is not meant to replace professional medical advice, treatment or diagnosis. Do not consume any type of coffee, tea or herbal infusion if you are allergic to it. The information in this article is not intended to treat serious medical conditions. Please seek professional medical advice before using home remedies.