Iced Americano Starbucks - What Is It And How To Make It!

Iced Americano Starbucks – What Is It And How To Make It!

Last updated on October 25th, 2023 at 14:29

The iced Americano Starbucks copycat recipe that you will find below more than emulates the drink at the coffee conglomerate: it matches it exactly!

We use the same beans and the same ratio of cold water. You will get the exact same drink and home when you follow the step-by-step instructions.

Keep reading for the full details, including caffeine, calories and the full nutritional profile of an iced Americano at Starbucks.

Iced Americano Starbucks – An Overview

Starbucks iced Americano is a coffee drink made with their espresso roast coffee beans, 1 to 4 shots of espresso depending on the drink size, cold water and then chilled with ice.

The amount of cold water used to dilute the espresso shots, expressed as a ratio is 1:5. A Starbucks iced Americano is a fun, great tasting and very refreshing coffee drink on a hot day that is a low fat, low sugar and low calorie drink with a good caffeine kick to keep you going.

Iced Americano Starbucks
Iced Americano (Middle Drink)

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Iced Americano Starbucks Recipe

The key to making this recipe and getting it exactly as it is served and made in their outlets is to use their signature espresso roast and use the exact same amount of cold water to dilute the espresso shots.

Follow the table below for all the drink sizes at Starbucks to get the ratios correct and exactly as it is made in their coffee shops.

Drink Size Number O Espresso Shots Amount Of Ground Coffee To Use Amount Of Cold Water To Use
Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) 2 40 Grams. 10 Oz (300 ml).
Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) 3 60 Grams. 13 Oz (390 ml)
Venti 24 Oz (720 ml) 4 80 Grams. 20 Oz (600 ml).

Ingredients And Equipment Needed

A Starbucks Americano is an espresso-based coffee drink and requires an espresso machine to make this beverage exactly as it is in Starbucks.

Using a moka pot or an AeroPress is, at best, only going to be able to get you espresso like coffee and not espresso. They are great for making iced coffee but not Iced Americano.

  • Home espresso machine.
  • Digital coffee scales.
  • Ceramic conical burr grinder.
  • Starbucks signature espresso roast coffee beans.
  • Water.
  • Ice.

How To Make A Starbucks Copycat Iced Americano At Home

Follow these step-by-step instructions exactly as indicated to get world-class iced espresso.

The better your espresso shots are, the better your iced Americano will be.

Step 1: Weigh Your Coffee Beans

Using the chart above, calculate how much coffee beans you will need by weight. 20 grams per shot will produce a good strong shot.

Step 2: Grind Your Coffee Beans

Grinding is easy. Grind your coffee beans in short, sharp 10-second bursts. A perfect grind size is 200 microns, which is a fine powder-like grind.

A ceramic burr grinder is the best due to the insulation of heat and less heat transfer from the burr to your beans results in less “cooking” of your beans as they are being ground.

Although a flat ceramic burr is best for espresso grinds, at Latte Love Brew we recommend a conical burr grinder as it gives you flexibility of using other brewing methods and getting a high quality even and consistent grind size.

Step 3: Tamp Your Grounds

Tamping is easy, very easy, and it is very important. It is an underrated skill. I encourage you to focus on it. Poor tamping can lead to problems like channeling.

Tamp with a firm and even pressure of 30 Kg.

Iced Americano Starbucks Recipe
Tamping Is A Skill

Step 4: Pull Your Shots

Pull your shots and set up your digital scale to measure the weight as your shots are extracting.

Your shots should weigh 30 grams and 60 grams for a single and double shot respectively. For my American friends, that’s 1 or 2 ounces.

Time your brew. It should take 25 to 30 seconds with a variation of 5 seconds.

Outside this range, and you will need to make some minor adjustments. If your machine is set up perfectly in terms of water pressure, temperature, flow rate of your water and amount poured, it is the grind size that will need to be adjusted.

If your brew time is too long, increase the grind size. If your brew time was too short, do the opposite and make it smaller.

Step 5: Transfer Time!

Transfer your espresso shots to a tall glass with ice. Add your water to dilute your shots using an espresso shot to cold water ratio of 1:5.

Stir well to mix the cold water and enjoy.

Iced Americano Caffeine

The caffeine kick from a Starbucks Americano is ample, more than ample with 75 mg per espresso shot.

  • Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 150 mg of caffeine.
  • Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 225 mg of caffeine.
  • Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 300 mg of caffeine.

Even the smallest drink size, a Tall 12 Oz (360 ml), has a more than ample amount of caffeine.

Iced Americano Caffeine
Iced Americano And A Latte

Read: What is an iced Americano?

Iced Americano Calories

Cool coffee fact! An iced Americano is the coffee of choice for Korean K-pop stars, students and hardworking Koreans.

The reason that an iced Americano is so popular with K-pop idols and stars is their low calorie count. It’s the drink of choice if you want to stay away from the “liquid cakes” at Starbucks and enjoy a coffee that will not pad out your waist line.

  • Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 10 calories
  • Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 15 calories.
  • Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 15 calories.

(Data extracted from Starbucks website). It doesn’t matter what drink size you order, the 5 calorie difference is not much to be concerned about.

Iced Americano Starbucks Nutrition

As you have seen from the above section, a Starbucks iced Americano is a low calorie drink with an ample caffeine kick. Let’s now get into more details about the nutritional profile of this coffee drink.

Drink Size Fat Cholesterol Sugar Sodium Protein
Tall 12 Oz (360 ml) 0 Grams 0 mg. 0 Grams 10 mg. 1 Gram
Grande 16 Oz (480 ml) 0 Grams 0 mg. 0 Grams 15 mg 1 Gram
Venti 24 Oz (720 ml) 0 Grams 0 mg. 0 Grams 20 mg. 1 Gram

What stands out there is the cool fact that this coffee beverage is fat-free, cholesterol-free and sugar-free. It’s also low in sodium.

What is An Iced Americano At Starbucks?

An iced Americano at Starbucks is a very popular coffee beverage that is made with hot brewed shots of espresso which are diluted with 5 times as much water as there is espresso and then chilled with ice.

The coffee used is their espresso roast, which is a dark-roasted coffee. One of the reasons for Starbucks iced Americano’s popularity is the great taste, low calories and healthy nutritional profile which can be seen above.

It’s a great, cool and very refreshing.

Frequently Asked Questions About Iced Americano Starbucks

Is Iced Americano Sweet Or Bitter?

An iced Americano is crisp with a reduced bitterness and is slightly sweet and very refreshing.

What Is The Difference Between Starbucks Iced Coffee And Iced Americano?

Both drinks are tasty and refreshing. A Starbucks Iced coffee is brewed coffee; it’s filter coffee with ice added. An Iced Americano is a different black coffee; it is made with shots of espresso which have been watered down with cold water and ice is added to chill the drink.

Does Starbucks Iced Americano Have Sugar?

No sugar is added to any of the iced Americano coffee drinks at Starbucks. The sugar content for all three drink sizes is zero.

Is Americano At Starbucks Healthy?

Starbucks Americano is one of the healthiest coffee options at Starbucks as there is no added sugar and the calorie count is 5, 10 and 15 calories for the three drink sizes available.

What Is A Good Flavor To Add To Americano?

Some good options to add to a Starbucks Iced Americano are:

  • Vanilla Syrup.
  • Salted Caramel.
  • Brown Sugar Syrup.

You can experiment with sweet cream cold foam or just sweet cream. A little dash of almond milk adds a nice taste.

How Do You Order Starbucks Iced Americano?

A Starbucks iced Americano comes in three different drink size:

  • Tall 12 Oz (360 ml).
  • Grande 16 Oz (480 ml).
  • Venti 24 Oz (720 ml).

Simply as for a tall Iced Americano, or replace the tall with grande or venti depending on the size of drink that you want.

Final Thoughts – Iced Americano Starbucks

This iced Americano Starbucks copycat recipe is easy to make, very easy. It only requires patience, focus, and a process to follow – which is what you get in the instructions above a repeatable process to follow and make the drink exactly as Starbucks do.

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Derek Marshall, a certified barista by the Specialty Coffee Association possesses over two decades of experience in specialty coffee shops. He holds professional certifications for coffee brewing and barista skills. Derek is also an author with authoritative books covering various coffee topics including specialty coffee, sustainability and coffee, coffee brewing, coffee recipes, coffee cocktails and books focusing on Brazilian coffee, Vietnamese coffee, Indonesian coffee and Malaysian coffee. As a barista for over two decades, Derek Marshall has worked in specialty coffee shops across the United Kingdom, Spain, Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Vietnam. His expertise extends to the distinct coffee cultures, specialty beverages, and brewing techniques of each nation. Functioning as a coffee consultant, Derek charges US$50 per hour. To learn more about Derek Marshall and Latte Love Brew, visit his About Me Page. For coffee inquiries, contact him at +34-639-410-375 or, mentioning your name and location

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