Understanding the full range of options on a coffee menu is no small task. Nevertheless, it can be the difference between finding your perfect cup of coffee or settling for mediocrity. But don’t worry, we’re here to clear up any confusion. By the end of this post, you’ll never again have to ask “what is an Americano?”.
The good news is that coffee isn’t as complicated as you might think. In fact, a lot of the drinks you’ll see on a coffee shop menu are espresso-based.
The main differences between many coffees depend on what has been added to the espresso coffee after it has been brewed.
You’ve probably seen this section in many other Roastezy posts. That’s a testament to how simple it is to create a variety of famous coffees from a starting point of espresso.
Espresso coffee is brewed under high pressure. A small amount of near-boiling water is forced through tightly packed, finely ground coffee beans. This brewing method generates a strong shot of espresso coffee.
A shot of espresso can be enjoyed on its own. It’s a recognisable coffee because it comes in a small cup or takeaway container.
In this form, an espresso provides a strong coffee flavour and caffeine hit in a small amount of liquid.
However, espresso is often combined with other ingredients to create a variety of different coffees. Some examples include:
- Full and rounded with notes of chocolate.
- Medium roast.
- Intensity: 5/5.
These are some of the most popular drinks on coffee shop menus. However, there are also variations of each of these individual coffees, too.
What Is an Americano?
An Americano is one of the simplest espresso-based coffees you can find. In fact, the only ingredients in an Americano are espresso and hot water.
Many believe that the Americano was created during World War 2.
Apparently, American soldiers in Italy didn’t like the strong flavour of espresso. By adding hot water to espresso, they were able to create a milder tasting coffee.
As such, the Americano was seemingly created.
How to Make an Americano
Making an Americano is really easy.
The foundation of the drink is one or two shots of espresso.
- Makes all coffee shop favourites.
- Adjustable milk frother to enhance the quality of steamed milk.
- Get creative with your choice of ground coffee.
The espresso coffee is combined with hot water to the desired level of dilution. Common ratios include 1/2 espresso, 1/2 hot water or 1/3 espresso, 2/3 hot water.
Notably, an Americano doesn’t contain any milk. This isn’t the case for many other espresso-based coffees.
What Is Crema?
The espresso brewing process involves forcing hot water through coffee grounds.
However, good quality coffee beans also contain aromatic oils that are forced out alongside carbon dioxide.
These oils sit on top of the espresso as a layer of light brown foam known as crema.
Crema is an integral part of a good espresso. However, an Americano is simply an espresso mixed with hot water. Therefore, the fatty nature of crema allows it to float to the top of an Americano, too.
Who Should Drink an Americano?
An Americano will interest people who would rather not have any milk in their coffee.
It has the same caffeine content as a solo espresso. However, the added water reduces the strength of the flavour.
- Made from mouth blown borosilicate glass.
- Double wall for insulation.
- Dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe.
The addition of hot water also increases the volume of the drink. As an espresso contains only a small amount of liquid, an Americano caters for those who’d like a larger drink.
However, if you prefer milk in your coffee, a macchiato may be a better choice. It contains the espresso base with just a splash of milk to stain the coffee.
Whichever coffee you prefer, enjoy. You’ve earned it.