Iced blonde caffé Americano is tasty and a nice difference from the regular caffé Americano that is made with dark roasted coffee beans.
This article will give you all info and detail about an iced blonde Americano that you need to know, including what it is, how it tastes, how many calories and the caffeine content.
I also give you step-by-step instructions for making it at home.
Keep reading for the details!
Iced Blonde Caffè Americano – An Overview
An iced blonde caffé Americano is a cold coffee drink served with ice that is exactly the same as a regular iced Americano with one key difference: it is made with Starbucks blonde espresso instead of their espresso roast.
The difference is the flavor, how the drink tastes and the caffeine content.
Gone are the dark, deep flavors and have been replaced with lighter and brighter flavors and a little more caffeine in each shot.
Read: Iced Americano coffee
What Is Iced Blonde Americano?
An iced blonde Americano is a popular coffee drink enjoyed during the hot summer days by coffee lovers that enjoy a lighter and brighter tasting caffe Americano with more of the flavors of the beans than the roasting process.
The drink is made with 1 to 4 shots of blonde espresso which are then diluted with cold water using an espresso to water ratio of 1:5. Ice is added to chill the drink.
It’s light, bright, extra smooth and subtly sweet.
Note: The cold water quantity is the exact ratio used by Starbucks; other coffee shops may vary. Many will serve you the espresso shots in a tall glass with ice with a separate small jug with cold water for you to pour and get the flavor that you love and enjoy.
How To Make An Iced Blonde Caffé Americano?
Making an iced blonde Café Americano is easy and no different from making a regular iced Americano.
To make a Starbucks copycat and replicate exactly what is served and sold in their coffee shops, use their blonde roast coffee beans.
Equipment And Ingredients Needed
At Latte Love Brew, we encourage you to use the barista’s principle of using the best ingredients and the best equipment.
- Home espresso machine.
- Ceramic conical burr grinder.
- Digital coffee scales.
- Starbucks blonde roast coffee.
Instructions For Making An Iced Blonde Americano
The key to making an amazing iced blonde Americano is to make world-class shots of espresso.
Step 1: Weigh Your Blonde Espresso Beans
Weigh your blonde espresso beans using your digital coffee scales. 20 grams per shot is the perfect amount for each shot that you want or need to make.
- Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 2 shots.
- Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 3 shots.
- Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 4 shots.
You will need to weigh 40 to 80 grams depending on the size of the drink that you are making.
Read: Iced Americano Starbucks
Step 2: Grind Your Blonde Roast Whole Beans
Grind your coffee beans to a very fine powder-like grind. 200 microns. Grind in short 10-second bursts.
Step 3: Tamp Your Coffee Grounds
Tamping is easy, very easy and almost effortless. Don’t underrate or take this skill casually. Get it wrong, and you will end up with problems like channeling.
Tamp firmly and evenly with 30 kg of pressure.
Step 4: Brew Time!
Pull your shots of espresso. Use your digital scale to weigh your shots while you are pulling them. Each shot should weigh 30 grams (1 oz) and each double shot twice as much.
Your brew time for each shot should take 25 seconds for both a single and double shot.
25 seconds with a variance of 5 seconds is the perfect brew time. If your shot is outside this range, you will need to adjust your grind size and make it either a little smaller or a little larger.
If your brew time is less than 20 seconds, make your grind size smaller to encourage greater contact. If your brew time is more than 30 seconds, make it larger to allow your hot water to flow past your coffee grinds with greater ease.
Step 5: Transfer To a Tall Glass With Ice
Transfer your blonde espresso shots to a tall glass with ice and add cold water.
The amount of cold water to use is as follows.
- Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 10 Oz (300 ml).
- Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 13 Oz (390 ml)
- Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 20 Oz (600 ml).
This is the ratio to follow if you want to emulate the drinks sold by Starbucks.
When you add your water, stir well to ensure an even distribution.
Serve and enjoy.
What Does A Blonde Americano Taste Like?
A blonde Americano, hot or iced, will taste brighter, lighter, more floral and a touch sweeter with hints of toasted malt. Even if the beans are not of premium quality or single origin, you’ll have more of the flavors of the origin than a dark roast coffee.
It’s like summer in a cup, especially when it is iced and enjoyed on a hot day.
What Is A Blonde Iced Coffee?
A blonde iced coffee is not the same as an iced blonde Americano.
An iced coffee is made in a very different way, using a different brewing technique. An iced coffee is made with brewed coffee, and chilled with ice.
Unlike an Iced café Americano, it is not diluted with cold water.
Of course, what makes it a blonde iced coffee is the use of blonde roast coffee.
Is Blonde Coffee Less Bitter?
The flavor of a blonde coffee, particularly in an iced Americano, is from the blonde espresso shots.
Blonde espresso is sweeter, lighter and more mellow with less bitter notes and considerably lighter coffee taste.
If you have never tried a light roast or a blonde roast, you will find it different and enjoyable.
Iced Blonde Caffè Americano Calories
The amount of calories in an iced blonde caffé Americano is the same as regular caffe Americano, no more and no less.
- Tall 12 Oz (360 ml): 10 calories.
- Grande 16 Oz (480 ml): 15 calories.
- Venti 24 Oz (720 ml): 15 calories.
In all drink sizes the fat and sugar content is zero. This makes this coffee drink a very healthy option for getting and staying in shape, regardless of whether it is iced or hot, blonde or regular dark roast.
Iced Blonde Caffè Americano Caffeine
There is slightly more caffeine in an iced blonde caffe Americano than a regular. Check the table below for details.
|Drink Size||Iced Blonde Caffé Americano||Regular Iced Caffé Americano|
|Tall 12 Oz (360 ml)||170 mg||150 mg|
|Grande 16 Oz (480 ml)||255 mg||225 mg|
|Venti 24 Oz (720 ml)||340 mg||300 mg|
Blonde Americano vs Americano
The biggest difference between these two coffee drinks is the type of coffee beans used.
In fact, it is literally the only difference!
The different beans cause there to be more caffeine in the blonde version, as noted in the table above.
Their flavors are different. A regular Americano has a smoky, earthy and darker flavor from the dark roasted espresso beans. A blonde roast is light with more subtle nuances, with the coffee notably lighter in color.
Frequently Asked Questions About – Iced Blonde Caffè Americano
What Is A Blonde Caffe Americano?
A blonde caffe Americano is the same as an iced blonde café Americano. It is also the same as a regular caffe Americano, only it is made with a different roast of coffee, a blonde roast.
For clarity, a blonde caffe Americano is a coffee drink made with a shot of espresso and watered down with hot water, or cold water if the drink is an iced version.
The amount of water used varies from coffee shop to coffee shop. The amount traditionally is a ratio of 1:1 with the espresso shot. Starbucks use a different ratio, from 1:5 to 1:7.
Is Iced Blonde Caffe Americano Sweet?
An iced blonde Americano is sweeter and smoother than a regular caffe Americano. Due to this, many people find them easier to drink.
What Is Blonde Americano Vs Regular?
A regular Americano is made with either a medium roast coffee or a dark roast coffee, while a blonde Americano is brewed with a blonde roast coffee bean.
Is Blonde Coffee The Same As White Coffee?
No, both a blonde roast and a white roast are different roast profiles, which means a blonde coffee and white coffee are different.
A white coffee is roasted for half the time and at a lower temperature than a blonde coffee. The result is a slightly different tasting coffee. A white roast is particularly hard and must be ground using an industrial grinder.
Why Do They Call Coffee A Blonde?
The old name for a blonde roast is cinnamon roast, which is infrequently used today due to cinnamon being a common spice added to coffee. The name changed to refer to the light color of the beans.
Is Blonde Coffee Sweet?
Yes, a blonde coffee is very subtly sweet, creamy and very smooth. They are also very citrusy and with a lemony taste.
Final Thoughts – Iced Blonde Caffè Americano
I hope that you followed the instructions to the letter for making an iced blonde caffé Americano at home and are now enjoying what is an amazing and tasty cup of coffee that tastes very different from the standard iced Americano.
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