What is Americano Coffee, and how to make one?

What is Americano Coffee, and how to make one?

Simply described, an Americano is an espresso poured over hot water (or hot water poured over espresso if you prefer). This coffee beverage is said to have gotten its name during World War II when American G.I.s in Italy diluted espresso with water to drink the coffee. Later, this coffee came to the United States.

Consider attempting to make an Americano at home. Here’s an easy method for doing it.


  • Fresh Coffee: When possible, choose coffee beans and grind them just before brewing.
  • Moka pot: For a beverage that resembles espresso, you may alternatively use an espresso machine.
  • Gooseneck Kettle: Electric gooseneck kettles are the simplest to operate and provide more accuracy than conventional kettles, in our experience.
  • 8 ounces of non-boiled water and two shots (two ounces) of espresso


Then, fill a tall coffee cup with a double shot of espresso, which is the norm for most specialty coffee beverages. Never brewed coffee before? Follow our detailed instructions to make espresso at home.

Step 2: Add hot water on top of the surface.

Suggestion: It’s ideal to put your water in the cup first, then carefully pour your espresso over the top if you want to preserve the crema—the caramel-colored froth—on top of your Americano coffee.


  • Fill a kettle or saucepan with newly filtered water and heat it.
  • Mix 2 ounces of espresso with 8 ounces of water in a 1:4 ratio.

Types of Americano

The classic Americano coffee is available in a few different versions. For a drink with a distinct flavor, try these ratios.

1:2 ratio for a long black americano.

  • 1:1 ratio for Little Buddy or Italiano Americano.
  • 1:4 ratio for an iced Americano.

To make an excellent iced Americano, use good ice together with decent water.


Pour cold water over the ice in a glass until it is approximately half filled to create an iced Americano. Pour your espresso over the top next. Take a picture for Instagram and enjoy the espresso, which will float a little bit.

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