This week we're going to show you how to make one of the most popular drinks that we serve at Avery's Coffee. It is called the Americano or Americana is you are a chica.
The drink was created, according to legend, when U.S. servicemen wanted something a bit less strong than European espresso. So the folks in Europe would water down the espresso so that the American G.I.'s could tolerate their strong espresso, hence the name Americano.
The drink has many variations from the Long Black to the Iced Americano, to the Red Eye. The list goes on and on but the basic Americano has two main ingredients, espresso and hot water.
Here is how it is made.
Start with pulling a single or double shot of espresso in a cup
Add equal or 2/3 parts water (depending on the strength needed)
As we said before, the other variation is the Long Black. In this case the hot water is poured into the cup first and then the espresso is poured gently on top of the water. What this does is keep the crema (that creamy, milky looking stuff) intact. Many people believe to make a great Americano you should always pour the water first and then the espresso. We suggest that you experiment with the different ways of making the drink and decide for yourself. In either event the Americano is an excellent way to getting yet another coffee flavor out of a single origin or blend.