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Recipe – How to make a Caffè Americano (Iced or Hot)

BY @SONOFABARISTA

What is a Caffè Americano?

This is espresso and water and is served iced or hot. The amount of water depends on your preference, but making an americano is rather simple. If you want to mix up your drink order on a hot day away from cold brew or iced coffee, but don’t want to get too wild, then an americano is the drink for you. Fun fact: this drink is the reason I almost lost a hand. Gotta love accidentally pouring scalding hot water all over yourself. Yes, the life of a barista is life on the edge. If you want to know more about espresso coffee, read here.

What’s the recipe for a Caffè Americano?

To make an Americano, pulling a single shot of espresso and then add about 6 ounces of hot water—the strength should be similar to drip filter coffee. Caffe Americano is the Italian way of serving espresso “American style”, ordering a “caffe” in Italy is to order a shot of espresso. Add milk and/or sugar if desired.

How much caffeine is contained in a Caffè Americano?

Depending on the type of beans you choose and the roasting temperature, the caffeine in an espresso can range from 80mg to 120mg per single shot.

What do I need to make an Caffè Americano?

Recipe - How to make a Caffè Americano (Iced or Hot)

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