How To Make Americano Coffee

This article will be explaining what an americano is and the best way of preparing it.

People from these countries often reminisce about having a Café con Leche every morning when they woke up, and the drink has a special place in their minds and culture.

What is a Café Americano?

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.

Tips For Making The Best Americano

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.

Grind Your Beans

This is the most important step, because the type of coffee you use will ultimately dictate the resulting flavor. For the best Americano you should choose espresso coffee, but you can use any type you have in your house. The beans should be ground very finely, far more so than you would with a normal coffee.


If your Espresso machine allows you to pour hot water separately, then you should ensure that it is topped up, as well as having enough to create steam for your drink. If your machine does not have a hot water pouring option, you will need to boil some in your kettle.

Milk or Sugar

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.

How is an Americano Made? - A Simple Recipe

The basic idea behind an Americano is that hot water is added to an espresso to dilute the strength and give a softer flavor. With this being said, there is an art to making the perfect Americano, as detailed in the steps below.

You will need espresso beans, a grinder (if the beans are not already ground), and an Espresso machine.

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How To Make An Americano (Hot Version)

author: Barista Rose
equipments: espresso machine, mug

Time: 5 minutes
Calories: 5
Servings: 1

1 shot of espresso

Hot water

Step 1: Tamping

  • Put your ground coffee into the portafilter (the bit that looks like a metal cup and a handle) of your espresso machine, and ensure that it is evenly packed down.
  • Now replace the portafilter back within your espresso machine.

Step 2: Prepare

  • Place a mug beneath the nozzle of your espresso machine so it is ready to catch the coffee as it is produced.

Step 3: Brew coffee

  • Switch on your Espresso machine and wait for the coffee to be produced.

Step 4: Hot water

  • Now that you have an espresso shot, you are ready to turn it into your Americano. Simply add hot water on top of the espresso.
  • The amount of water you add will completely depend on how you want the final drink to be, but it can be as little or as much as you like. The suggested quantity, though, would be two parts hot water for every one part of coffee you have.

How To Make An Iced Americano

To make an iced americano, repeat step 1 and 2 in the recipe above, use a mason jar or a glass for beautiful presentation.

cold americano coffee

Add ice to the glass then top up with fresh water. Voila! It's that easy!

Final Thoughts

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.

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