Cafe Americano


Caffè Americano (Italian pronunciation: [kafˈfɛ ameriˈkaːno]) or Americano (shortened from Italian: caffè americano or American; Spanish: café americano, literally American coffee) is a type of coffee drink prepared by diluting an espresso with hot water, giving it a similar strength to, but different flavor from traditionally brewed coffee. The strength of an Americano varies with the number of shots of espresso and the amount of water added. The name is also spelled with varying capitalization and use of diacritics: e.g., café americano.

The drink consists of a single or double-shot of espresso brewed with added water. Typically in the UK (and in Italy) between 1 and 16 fluid ounces (30–470ml) of hot water is added to the double espresso.
Long Black is an Australasian term for an Americano (in contrast to Short Black for espresso), with an emphasis being placed on the order of preparation, adding water to the cup first before pouring the espresso on top.
The term Italiano is sometimes used in the Western United States, meaning a short Americano, specifically a 1:1 espresso/water ratio.
The hot water can be drawn directly from the same espresso machine that is used to brew the espresso, or from a separate water heater or kettle. Using the same heater is convenient, particularly at home, not needing a separate heater, and the water can in fact be drawn directly into the glass, either before or after pulling the shot of espresso. Some espresso machines have a separate hot water spout for this purpose, while others allow the use of the steam wand for dispensing hot water. Using a separate water heater is more practical in a commercial setting, as it reduces the demands on the espresso machine, both not disrupting the temperature of the brew water and allowing an inexpensive water heater to be used for hot water, rather than the substantially more complicated espresso machine.



Of the many ways coffee can be made, drip-brewing is the most popular method used in the United States.……Tyler Scott


GIN A. ANDOThe Americano: Your New Go-to Coffee Order

Ordering regular black coffee is really a crap shoot: it could be burned, weak, or sitting for a few hours. ……GIN A. ANDO


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Instead of steamed or frothed milk, we’re going to mix equal parts (1:1) of espresso and water. ……Clinton Stark


Gerry’s Blog – Know Your Coffee

Going around to my friend’s house the other evening he asked me if I’d like a coffee “black or white” he asked. “white” was my reply.……Anita Berkeley


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