How To Make Café Zorro: 6 Easy Steps

The character of Zorro was inspired by a fairly secretive character from a 1919’s pulp fiction show. Zorro was a local vigilante that lived in Los Angeles (back when it was part of Mexico). He stood up against the tyranny of the corrupted local elites and nobles. He used his cunning and talents to hand out justice to the people and outsmarted the officials and villains. His cunningness earned him the title “Zorro,” which in Spanish means “fox”.

Café Zorro has legit claims that it is the predecessor of the Americano. Because they are made from the same ingredients – hot water poured over double shots of coffee. Moreover, the G.I.s back in that time were big fans of this Zorro character.

Since this espresso drink is dark and has bubbles on top because of the hot water, it resembles the full black clothes, cape, and mask of Zorro from the show. That’s how it got its name. Modern day Café Zorro adds some additives and toppings that enrich the drink and make it stand out from the typical Americano


The Recipe Specifications

  • Time required: 5 minutes
  • Ratio: 1:1 (coffee to water)
  • Serving size: 12 – 20 ounces
  • Serving style: hot, cold, and iced
  • Additives: milk, sugar, Irish cream, Sambuca, and whipped cream


Equipment And Ingredients

  • 18 – 21 grams of fresh espresso coffee beans
  • An espresso machine
  • Hot boiling water
  • A coffee grinder
  • A tamper


Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. First, take the fresh beans for the grinding.
  2. Use your coffee grinder and give those beans an espresso level of fine grinding.
  3. Use a tamper to tamp it accurately into the portafilter. Once done, re-attach the portafilter to the grouphead of your espresso machine.
  4. Begin the espresso brewing process. Remember, you need to make a double-shot of espresso.
  5. Once that’s complete, pour the same amount of hot water over the freshly brewed espresso.
  6. After this, you can add cream, Sambuca, or sugar if you want to. You can also use whipped cream as a decorative topping for this drink.

Special note: This drink is ideal for all temperatures—hot, cold, or iced—you name it!

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