In the 3rd coffee wave, Americano is the standout coffee. Even if it is said that Americano is the type of coffee that has created a worldwide coffee trend, it is not wrong. Although Americano sounds very American, this coffee is not actually from America. We invite you to learn the interesting story behind this unique drink through the article below!
What is Americano Coffee?
Caffè Americano, or Americano is a type of coffee consisting of Espresso mixed with a lot of water (hot or cold as you like). Mixing with water makes the coffee thinner, easier to drink and not as “shocking” as when enjoying strong espresso. The addition of water also makes the Americano suitable for sipping water. The strength of an Americano varies according to the number of espresso shots as well as the amount of water added.
Normally, one cup of Americano corresponds to 30-470ml of hot water and 1 shot of coffee. If you like a strong flavor, you can add another shot of coffee. Note that if water is added to the Espresso (Espresso at the bottom) it is called an Americano. While adding Espresso to water (Espresso at the top) is called Long Back
Origin of Americano coffee
Because of the name “Americano”, many people mistakenly believe that this coffee originated in the US. However, in terms of origin, it can be said that Americano is the “child” of the famous Italian Espresso coffee. Although Espresso offers a traditional coffee flavor, it is sometimes too strong, making diners drunk or dizzy. In addition, this coffee also has a bitter taste that not everyone can enjoy.
So during World War II, American soldiers added hot water to espressos to reduce their strength and acidity. This is also the basic way of making Americano and the name “Americano” was born from there. With this approach, coffee becomes easy to drink and is used as a beverage or energy drink after hours of tiring exercise. Perhaps American soldiers at that time could not have predicted that Americano coffee would later become such a famous drink in the world.
Also, in the novel “Or the British Agent, Somerset Maugham” by writer Ashenden published in 1928, his main character ordered a drink called Americano during World War I. However, Nor is there much information confirming that the drink and the current Americano are the same.
Variations of Americano Coffee
In the U.S., beverage shops or motels typically serve Americano in two ways, hot or iced. Meanwhile, in the UK, people can add unsweetened milk or whey in the ratio of 3 parts coffee, 1 part unsweetened milk, 1/2 part whey. With this preparation, the Americano cup will have a sweet taste but still have the typical coffee flavor.
In Vietnam, Americano coffee, although not so popular, is becoming more and more known with the proliferation of coffee shops serving brewed coffee. The first time you drink it, you may be quite confused by the weak coffee that has no clear taste like filter coffee, but if you drink it for a long time, you will get addicted very easily. More than that, if you have a love for coffee, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t taste the second most popular coffee in the world, just after Espresso, right?