Cafe Americano Recipe

By Stuart Smith | Last Updated May 10, 2020


Preparation Time & Servings

Requires simple ingredients.

Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)

*Nutrition information should be considered an estimate.

TOOLS NEEDED: Espresso machine.

The tale is often told that the Americano got its name from a bunch of wimpy Americans who couldn’t handle full-strength espresso. The story goes that during World War II when American GIs were stationed in Italy and ordered espresso, they would often water it down so they could handle the bitterness. It has not been proven whether this is accurate, but most coffee professionals tend to believe it’s true.

The Americano we have today is the same as it has always been: espresso diluted with hot water. The beauty of the Americano is that it allows you to drink espresso and it lasts much longer than the classic 2-ounce drink.

When you want something more full-bodied than a classic cup of coffee, the Americano is a surefire pick.



  • 2 ounces espresso
  • 6 to 10 ounces hot water
  • Cream, for serving (optional)
  • Sugar, for serving (optional)


  • Pour the espresso into a mug and add hot water to dilute, depending on how strong you like your brew. Enjoy it black or add cream and sugar, as you like.

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