Americano or American coffee is a style of coffee prepared by adding hot water to Espresso, giving it a flavor similar to, but different from, regular Pour Over coffee. The strength of an Americano varies depending on the volume of Espresso, and the amount of water added. Names are also spelled with different capitalization and use of diacritics.
Americano coffee recipe and ratio
The Americano can be mixed in different proportions, e.g., solo, doppio, or triple. The ratio of E espresso /water added varies from 1/1 to 1/8. The regular Americano has a 1:1 ratio and is sometimes called an Italiano in the US. Most commonly, Americano is made with a doppio (Double Shot Espresso), in an Espresso-to-water ratio of 1:3, making it the equivalent of a Drip Coffee.
Usually, Americano coffee will be made by adding hot water to Espresso. However, in some coffee shops, the main difference that can be noticed is that water is added to the cup before the Espresso is pulled. The advantage is that it does not break the Crema of Espresso, maintaining aspects of a typical cup of Espresso. The Americano known as Long Black (in Australia) is different from Caffe crema, an espresso-only drink.
Drip coffee vs americano
Americano is a drink invented to normalize Espresso drinks to the ‘thin’ level of Drip (aka Pour Over ). Let’s say someone likes the taste of Espresso, but they find it too ‘bold,’ then this is the best way to enjoy it. The two coffee drinks have entirely different flavors.
Several reasons for that, the most important being the extraction pressure. Drip coffee uses gravity to extract the coffee, while Espresso uses pressure (up to 9 bar – as standard). The increased pressure pushes compounds and oils from the beans into the extraction, which is not the case in Drip coffee.
Another factor is extraction time. Espresso brewed in under 30 seconds. At the same time, Drip coffee takes a few minutes to brew. The longer we keep coffee grounds in contact with water, the more compounds we extract from the beans. These compounds have lower solubility and can only be removed by prolonged exposure to water. These compounds create a different flavor than Espresso, brewed very quickly. Finally, the caffeine content in a cup of Drip is equivalent to a cup of Espresso (double shot).