How To Make Café Zorro: 5 Easy Steps

The character of Zorro was inspired by a fairly secretive character from the 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


  • An espresso machine
  • A coffee grinder
  • A tamper


  • 18 – 21 grams of fresh espresso coffee beans
  • Hot boiling water

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

First, take the fresh beans for grinding. Use your coffee grinder and give those beans an espresso level of fine grinding

Step 2

Use a tamper to tamp it accurately into the portafilter. Once done, re-attach the portafilter to the group head of your espresso machine

Step 3

Begin the espresso brewing process. Remember, you need to make double shots of espresso

Step 4

Once that’s complete, pour the same amount of hot water over the freshly brewed espresso

Step 5

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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