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How to make Aerocano - Recipe

Jun 16, 2024 ● Louis-Charles Blais

How do you enjoy the aroma of a perfect espresso with the sweetness and refreshment of an iced coffee? Aerocano! Still little-known, this cold beverage made from espresso and water is reminiscent of an americano or an allongé, but in an iced, slightly smooth version.

What is an Aerocano?

It's literally an iced Americano with aeration. We blend fragmented, aerated ice with a perfectly extracted shot of espresso to create a short, cold, creamy beverage.

What is Aerocano made of?

There's no doubt that the #1 ingredient that can make your aerocano a hit or miss is espresso. Extracting your espresso well and making it with quality coffee will have a big impact. It may be a good idea to go for a light or medium roast, as the more acidic aromas blend very well with a cold beverage. If you don't have an espresso machine, a concentrated coffee made with an Aeropress or Moka pot can be a substitute.

How to prepare an Aerocano


  • A few ice cubes (about 100g of ice)
  • 1 shot of hot espresso (about 2 ounces)


  1. Espresso infusion: Pour an espresso in a small milk pitcher.
  2. Add a few ice cubes and water to your espresso shot: My ice cubes are quite small, so I add 3. With cubic ice cubes in the freezer, 2 will suffice. I also add about 2oz of cold water.
  3. Fast frothing: With the espresso machine's frother, froth the espresso and ice very quickly. The aim is to insert air into the mixture and break up the ice, without making the whole thing too hot. 5 to 10 seconds will suffice.
  4. Serve in a beautiful transparent glass: After adding a few more ice cubes to your glass, gently pour the mixture you've just frothed. You'll see a little gradation and a nice frothy texture on top.

Variations and tips

With a little milk: You can add a little milk instead of cold water before frothing. This makes it even creamier and more like an iced cappuccino or cappu freddo.


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