Do you love coffee? If so, then you may have heard of the Americano. This popular drink is a mix of espresso and hot water, and it's loved by many! In this article, we will tell you all about the Americano. We'll discuss what it is, how to make it, and where you can find it. So whether you're a coffee lover or just want to learn more about this drink, keep reading!

what is an americano

What is an Americano

An americano is made with one or two shots of espresso, topped off with hot water. This creates a full-bodied coffee that has a slightly bitter and intense flavour. The strength of the drink can vary depending on how much espresso and hot water you use in the recipe.

Americano coffee is often thought to have been named after American soldiers who would order espresso with extra hot water during World War II. The name "caffè americano" translates to “American-style coffee” in Italian, which is a fitting description for this drink.

How did the popular coffee drink Americano come to be? It may have been around since as early as the 1920s when it was mentioned - though never fully described - in Somerset Maugham's writings. However, its roots are often traced back to WWII-era Italy where tales of a similarly named beverage began circulating widely. Regardless of precise origins, this classic is here today and enjoyed by many!

It is said that American soldiers stationed in Italy asked for their espresso to be watered down so it would resemble the coffee they were used to back home. This drink soon became popular amongst other Italian locals and its popularity has spread all over the world since then.

how to make an American

How to Make an American Step by Step

Making an American is easy and takes only a few simple steps. Follow these instructions to make your delicious americano:

1. Start by grinding fresh, high-quality Espresso Coffee Beans. You'll need one or two shots of espresso for each cup of Americano you'd like to make.

2. Heat filtered water to a temperature between 195°F and 205°F (90°C–96°C).

3. Place the ground coffee into an espresso machine with a portafilter attached. Tamp down the grounds firmly and evenly before brewing the espresso shot(s). Make sure you're using enough ground coffee but not too much!

4. Brew your espresso shot(s) as normal.

5. Place a cup under the espresso machine's steam wand and fill it with hot water to dilute the espresso shot(s). The ratio of coffee to water can vary depending on your preference, but usually, it is one part espresso to two parts hot water.

6. Stir the American and enjoy!

Crafting a magnificent Americano begins with selecting superb espresso beans - the perfect foundation for an awe-inspiring cup of coffee.

Caffeine Content, Americans do have caffeine. The amount of caffeine in each cup will depend on the strength and quantity of espresso shots you use, but generally speaking, it contains more caffeine than regular coffee.

Americano vs

Americano vs Different Coffee Drinks

American vs Long Black

Both the americano and the long black are espresso-based drinks that involve hot water. The main difference is in the ratio of espresso to hot water - an americano has one part espresso to two parts hot water, while a long black typically has equal parts espresso and hot water.

Americano vs Latte

The americano consists only of espresso and hot water, while lattes have steamed milk in addition to coffee and/or espresso. The latte tends to be sweeter than Americans due to the milk and sugar or syrup used to make them.

Americano Coffee vs Lungo

The main difference between an americano and a Lungo Coffee is that Lungos are made with double or triple shots of espresso. This means they have more intense flavour than Americans, which usually have one or two shots of espresso.


The Americano is a classic coffee drink that has been around for many years and continues to be enjoyed today. It's easy to make at home and can be tailored to your taste by adjusting the ratio of espresso to hot water or adding milk and sugar.

As this guide has shown, an Americano is slightly different from other espresso-based drinks, such as long black or latte. However, all these drinks have one thing in common - their delicious taste which makes them perfect any time of the day. So why not give it a try and see what you think?

Author: Richard Smith

Partner at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company

Richard Smith is a Tea expert, entrepreneur, and owner of The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company. Part of a family of renowned Tea planters dating back four generations, he was born in Calcutta (Kolkata), India, where he spent his childhood between Tea Estates in Assam and Darjeeling.

In the late 1970s, having accumulated years of knowledge in the industry, Mr Smith and his mother, Janet Smith, moved to Kent, South East England, to establish a Tea business in the village of Pluckley. Their early days of packing Tea Bags by hand from chests of 10,000 prompted the creation of the company’s flagship infusion known as Pluckley Tea. It remains our most popular product today.

Mr Smith, who studied economics at London Polytechnic, has since specialised in over 1,000 types of Loose Leaf Tea - in addition to around 70 varieties of Roast Coffee - from around the world. These are now available at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company, where everything is still packed by hand and fresh to order, not only to honour tradition but to ensure the utmost quality and consistency.