What are your ways for preparing an iced americano? And why?
I feel like the beverage is kind of forgotten because most will opt for iced coffee.
I've been messing with some different ways to prepare it. I'm trying to not drastically drop the temperature of the espresso. I've noticed just pouring espresso over ice bitters the coffee and it starts to not resemble any of the flavors that are tasted when cupped or in a hot beverage.
What I've done-Poured my espresso over semi hot water(rocks glass), then poured into a cup of luke warm water, THEN adding ice at the very end.
It's a timely task...perhaps I'm not doing it the most efficient way possible. But the results are quite good. It's also not super cold. Cold but not super cold.
I should also mention the reason this is timely is because we don't have our water filtration system hooked up to a source that produces room temperature water. It's only hooked up to our 2 water towers, ice machine, and espresso machine. This is soon to change when we get our drinking water faucet on the espresso bar.
So yeah...what do you all do? anything different? similar? hows it tasting? I want recipes!
Just for fun, I did this experiment again today... on different gear, with a different barista, with different tasters, and with a different espresso.
Same result - zero if any detectable difference.
BTW, I thought the barista was going to hit me when he saw what I meant by "help with an experiment"... as he put it, "pouring shots over ice goes against everything I know is right".
In both samples, the resultant drink was a totally different experience than the shot when hot. Less sweet, less bright, more bitter. In this case, the shot looked great - this shop does everything right and this barista is one of the best I know. The coffee was Toscano, btw. The act of cooling this shot, in either way, took an outstanding espresso and flattened it into something totally different. I liked the drink, made either way, but it was not as great of an experience as the shot would have been hot.
What I did hope to confirm by doing this again, though, was that the preparation method didn't make the difference. A cold espresso tastes the way it does not because you did or didn't "shock it", but because you cooled it to a certain temperature. Whether the mechanism is the loss of crema (not convinced - remember the "scooped crema" craze?) or some physiological factor... which is my theory. Cold matters, method not so much.
FWIW, after the experiment, we all enjoyed freshly-made "Japanese method" glasses of CC Burundi. It was a much more enjoyable drink than Toscano on the rocks, by the way.
I guess the important thing is that you find a method that works well in your environment and with your coffees.
I did try this experiment again today, by the way, and multiple blind tasters found little to no difference in flavor.
Hi Guys, I've been reflecting over this question lately, so I thought I'd share some thoughts. Assuming there IS such a thing as an iced americano (and this would be true according to a customer who asks for one), here goes:
1. At Caffe Mocias, we used to serve a beverage that we called an "Italian Iced Coffee." Actually there is no such thing as an Italian Iced Coffee. They don't drink iced coffee in most of Italy. Bad name. But anyway, here is how we did it: (a) - fill a 16 oz clear cold cup with ice bulging at the top. at this point some customers would ask for not so much ice, but we would say its needed for some reason I forget which - more on this later. (b) pour a shot of espresso over the ice. Towards the end we were using two shots. (c) Add milk until full (d) the customers LOVED it! Once spoke it terms of seamlessness, the way the flavors came together. We used a medium roast espresso which may be part of the reason for this. 2. Since hot espresso was poured over the ice, cold water was created, making this beverage on the way to becoming an iced americano. if the customer asked for it black, we had a problem because the recipe does not call for water, so how do you fill it to the top? they pulled the shots long and that seemed to satisfy. Towards the end we just didn't make it available it black. 3. If someone ordered an iced latte, they would get the same thing but with only one shot of espresso. the cost basis for this was less than the IIC because our coffee cost us more than the milk. 4. putting all this together, here is what I would do: Iced Latte: espresso, add milk, add ice. dont create water by pouring hot liquids over ice. Espresso Iced Coffee (or some other name): small amount of water that is created by pouring espresso over ice, according to the recipe above. no black. Iced Americano: do the same thing as above, except will with cold water instead of milk. Leave space for milk if desired. 5. If the customer wants "less ice" for the in-between beverage, then just make him or her an iced latte. Hope this is more helpful.
I'm currently working at two coffee bars.
At one bar, we just top the glass with ice, fill it with water, then extract the shot on top.
At another bar, they're big proponents of the "espresso shock" theory, so we actually only fill the cup halfway with water, then pull the shot, then top it with ice.
I personally prefer the first method. It's just more efficient, and you preserve some crema. I don't think the taste of the espresso will change, and I guarantee you if we conducted a blind taste test, nobody would be able to figure out which is which.
I would be interested to read an article making a convincing argument for the "espresso shock" theory. I wouldn't be surprised if this theory was conjured up by the same crowd who believes an espresso shot "dies" after 30-45 seconds.
We do shots in the cup with a little bit of cool water (so as not to shock the shots), add ice, and fill to the top with cool water. We keep a bottle in the fridge, so it's always cool and filtered. Best of luck!
The way to go is getting a filtered water tap hooked up next to your bar. i always add water from my tap first, then the espresso over the water and then the ice on top. i've tried it several ways and found that this introduces the espresso to the temperature change much better than pulling it over ice which (i would say, 'depending on the espresso') would come out a little harsh. on the other hand, if you add espresso first then when you add your water you get a bunch of bubbles and end up having a nice head on your americano which i don't like.
and please always use fresh shots...
i just pour the shots over cold water, and then add ice at the end. Still doesnt preserve the flavor very well but when comparing the quickest and most efficient methods i find its still better then pouring it over ice directly.