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Americano – A Beautiful Mess


The Americano, or Café Americano, is probably one of the most popular espresso drinks in the world. With just two ingredients (espresso + hot water), it’s simple but with a complex flavour.

The origin of the Americano is a bit unclear. I’ve always heard that it is a drink that originated in Italy during World War II. This was given to American soldiers who were trying to order coffee instead, as espresso was more popular than filter coffee. But some sources indicate that the drink actually comes from South America long before World War II and was called Americano CafeIt is a negative term for weak coffee. (Which makes me think of the term “gringo” as well.) But regardless of the origin, if you like the flavor of espresso you’ll love this drink!

Related: Love espresso? Next, learn how to make an espresso martini, affogato, or cappuccino.

ingredients

Since this drink only has two ingredients, the quality of these ingredients matters! Make sure to use fresh roasted beans and filtered water if possible.

directione

Prepare a fresh shot of espresso and add it to your cup of coffee. Then add hot water to the cup. The ratio of espresso to water should be 1:3 or 1:4.

Americano traditionally does not contain any milk or sweetener.

More espresso recipes:

Home espresso machines

We’ve tried many espresso makers over the years, and here are our favorites at different price points and skill levels:

  • Automatic espresso machine for cafe – My current device. It uses any whole beans, so if you use high quality beans, you will get a high quality espresso. It automatically makes espresso shots (no barista skills required) and includes a milk frother wand to heat and froth the milk. We have used this machine almost every day since we got it nine months ago and we love it! Comes in three colors.
  • Stovetop espresso – This is the cheapest way to make espresso at home. It is labor intensive and you will also need a way to grind your beans to get the best results. But this is a classic method that works great when done well.
  • Breville Barista Touch -We bought this for a good friend as a wedding gift once and they said they loved it. It’s a sophisticated machine that will need some barista skills to operate, but it’s an excellent home espresso machine.
  • Nespresso Vertuo – For those who want an espresso maker that uses pods, this is my favorite. Depending on the capsule you use, it can make espresso or coffee.

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Classic espresso drink and hot water

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directions

  • Prepare a fresh shot of espresso and add it to your cup of coffee.

  • Then add hot water to the cup.

  • The ratio of espresso to water should be 1:3 or 1:4.

Notes

Since this drink only has two ingredients, the quality of these ingredients matters! Make sure to use fresh roasted beans and filtered water if possible.
Americano traditionally does not contain any milk or sweetener.

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Nutritional facts

Americano

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% daily value*

*Percent Daily Values ​​are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition is automatically calculated using Spoonacular, for your convenience. Where appropriate, we recommend using your own nutrition calculations.



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