The Classic Americano is a simple yet elegant coffee drink made by diluting a shot of espresso with hot water, resulting in a strength similar to drip coffee but with a different flavor profile. It's perfect for those who enjoy the flavor of espresso but prefer a lighter, less intense coffee.

Glass Type: Large Cup


  • 1 shot of espresso
  • Hot water (about 6 to 8 ounces, depending on preference)


  • Brew a shot of espresso into a large cup.
  • Gradually add hot water to the espresso until you reach the desired strength and volume, typically about 6 to 8 ounces.
  • Stir gently to combine the espresso with the water.
  • Optional: Adjust the ratio of espresso to water to suit your taste. Some prefer a stronger Americano, with less water, or a milder one, with more water.

Did You Know?

  • The Americano is said to have originated during World War II when American soldiers in Europe would dilute espresso with hot water to mimic the coffee back home.
  • This method of preparation preserves the espresso's rich flavors while offering a more approachable level of intensity and a larger volume of drink.
  • The Americano can be enjoyed both hot and iced, making it a versatile choice for any season.