History of the Americano
The history of Americano Coffee dates back to World War 2. During World War 2, US soldiers situated in Italy were drinking the strong espresso found there. While consuming this drink regularly, they weren’t satisfied with the very strong taste and they looked for a way to make it taste more like coffee. They found that adding hot water to the espresso dilutes it and makes it taste more like coffee.
Upon their return home, the US soldiers brought the Americano drink with them and its popularity started to gain traction in the US.
How to make an Americano
This is a very simple type of coffee to make. As mentioned earlier, an Americano is just espresso with added hot water. Ingredient ratio is normal half and half, or 1/3 espresso and 2/3 water.
Many people prefer the 1/3 espresso and 2/3 water version as the taste of raw espresso is a bit much. Normally, no milk or sugar is added, however, some people like to add a bit of milk.
Another variant of the Americano is the Iced Americano. Instead of adding hot water to espresso, you use cold water and you can also add ice cubes to cool it even further.
Caffeine in an Americano
Americano generally has a very high content of caffeine, when compared to other types of coffee. A medium-sized cup (354ml) has 154mg of caffeine. Due to this amount of caffeine, it is important that you consume this drink in moderation. While coffee is generally good for you, you need to consume it in moderation to avoid any side-effects.
Americano Coffee is a popular drink consumed by those who like the taste of espresso, but prefer it to be less strong. Please take note of it’s caffeine content, which is very high. If your body reacts negatively to high caffeine content then you might need to consider another type of coffee.