A simple yet delightful drink
Coffee is one of the most versatile drinks, and you will find different ways of preparing it in virtually every country, or even café, you visit. If you want to learn how to make Americano coffee then read on, because in this article I will be explaining what it is, and the best way of preparing it.
Café Americano is the Italian name for an American coffee, and dates from the 1970’s when this particular style of preparation became popular.
It is the type of coffee you will often get at an espresso bar when ordering a larger sized drink, and is a particularly popular way of drinking stronger blends that can be overpowering as a single shot, or blends that don’t work as well in espresso form.
It is made by adding hot water to an espresso, which gives it the same strength as a drip coffee but an altered flavor because of the dilution. The strength and flavor is further varied by changing the quantities of espresso and water that are used.
You need an espresso machine to make a proper Americano, because the final drink is very different to what you will produce with a drip-coffee machine. You can, of course, try making a strong shot of coffee with a drip machine, but it won’t quite be the same.
Making coffee like this with an espresso machine is a much slower process than making a diluted coffee with a drip machine. If you are prepared and know the amount of water you will be adding to your espresso, you can do this first and have it drip straight into your mug. This can help to reduce the bitterness of the drink.
Americano’s are traditionally prepared without using milk or sugar to dilute or affect the taste but, of course, feel free to use these if that’s how you like to drink your coffee.
Coffee can be prepared in many different ways depending on how you want it to taste and the effect you are looking for. Espresso shots are a great way to get an intense burst of flavor and energy, but aren’t to everyone’s liking. It’s easy to learn how to make Americano Coffee, as it involves first making an espresso and then adding more hot water to dilute it, and the resulting product can be far more palatable while providing the same benefits.