Americano Coffee / Caffè Americano

What is an Americano Coffee?

An Americano coffee is a shot of Espresso coffee infused with hot water. The ratio of water to Espresso is 1:1 (equal amounts).  An Americano coffee is as intensive as drip coffee, but has a different flavour.

Another coffee similar to the Americano is the ‘Long Black’ prepared by adding Espresso into hot water (instead of adding hot water into Espresso), which infracts (breaks up) the crema.

How to make an Americano coffee:

  • Make a shot of Espresso coffee and pour it into 180 ml/6 oz. cup.
  • Add boiling water into the cup of Espresso until the coffee reaches  the top of the cup.

To achieve a Double Americano, use a double-shot of Espresso. You can also prepare the Americano by adding as much water as you like, which will create different strengths and, in turn, tastes (less water = more intensive; and visa versa).


The first Americano coffee is thought to have come from the battlefield of World War II. American GIs in Europe tried to make a coffee similar to the one they were accustomed to by diluting it with hot water. Later on the coffee became popular in the US.

8 Responses so far.

  1. Excellent post I must say.. Simple but yet interesting and engaging.. Keep up the awesome work!

  2. Man oh man – you really opened up my eyes! Americano Coffee – What is Americano coffee and how do I make it was a wonderful read. The Internet has so much information, I get so caught up in so many different directions, it so hard to figure it all out. Thanks again for the post!

  3. James says:

    Really glad you liked it!

  4. jack says:

    Ah, so where as I’ve been going to proper coffee shops and gettingmy Americano, now I can just go to mcdonalds, get some espresso’s and chuck em in some hot water, boom shanka

  5. Frank says:

    Yes, exactly. I once had to settle for a Dunkin Donuts and ordered an Americano and was told they don’t make those. So I ordered two shots of espresso in a twelve once cup and had them add hot water to the top. When they handed me the cup, I told them she just made an Americano. She told me, in an fairly unpleasant tone, we do not make Americano’s!! Ugh!!

    Actually, it turned out to be quite good. Much better than their coffee, imo. If you can’t stand their coffee, then give their “espresso with hot water” a try. 😉

  6. Paddy says:

    Humbly disagree that a long-black (popular in Europe/Australia/New Zealand) and Americano haven’t evolved into the same animal… I’ve yet to see a Starbucks barista pour water into shots, and not shots over water… But good explanation

  7. Rich Mora says:

    I’ve had a Sirius Long Black that has the effect of making Belatrix LeStrange hurl.

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