Let’s face it, espresso is deeelicious. But, sometimes it can be a titch bitter and it’s nice to occasionally mellow it out.
And that’s when an Americano comes into play.
An Americano is simply espresso diluted by additional hot water, so it soothes the edges to give you a satisfying cup o’ Joe with enough jolts of energy to make you blink rapidly and smile a little bigger.
Of course, when I see the price tag after ordering an Americano at Starbucks, that wipes the smile right off my face.
That’s why I created a quick and easy copycat that you can use to make your own Grande (or even Venti) Americano at home – for a lot cheaper!
By the way, speaking of “Joe,” did you know that according to legend the Americano came about because American soldiers stationed in Italy in WW2? Apparently not only were they missing Mom, and apple pie, but they also longed for a homestyle cup of coffee. Because espresso is a little on the strong side, baristas figured out a clever way to make the coffee more suited for the American soldier’s palettes, they simply added additional hot water to tone down the espresso, and labeled it, “café Americano,” which then was whittled down to “Americano.”
Also, I’m a nut for trivia, so thanks for letting me share that!
Starbucks American tips and tricks
If you want to make more (or less) than the recipe below, that’s fine. The key thing here is to ensure that your ratio of water to espresso is about 2:1, at least to start. If you like your coffee a little weaker or stronger, well, you can adjust to taste.
Also, I know they have the big fancy espresso machines at Starbucks – but if you don’t have a countertop espresso machine, you can easily make your own using a little moka pot. (Like this one.) They’re adorable, and can be stored in a cabinet when you’re not using them. No fuss, no muss!
Other coffee drinks and Starbucks copycats
We’ve got a ton. If you want a VERY different taste from the Americano, let me recommend this delicious whipped coffee recipe – or for a healthy shot of energy, consider bulletproof coffee. (And if you want to use leftover grounds to moisturize your skin, consider this coffee body scrub.)
Starbuck’s Americano (Copycat recipe)
“This wonderful mug full of goodness will put a smile on your face, and a spring in your step!”
- Prep Time: 2 minutes
- Cook Time: Cook time: 1-5 minutes
- Total Time: Total time: 3-7 minutes
- Yield: 1 drink. 1x
2 ounces (2 shots) of espresso
4 ounces hot water
Moka Pot Instructions:
Fill the bottom of the moka pot with water to the overflow line.
Pack the coffee into the metal filter of the moka pot using a spoon.
Screw the moka pot together.
Place on the stove, and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
While the moka pot is coming to a boil, bring 4 ounces of water to a boil in a tea kettle.
Once the upper chamber of the moka pot is full, pour out 2 ounces of the espresso into a mug.
Top the espresso with 4 ounces of boiled water.
Espresso Machine Instructions:
Make 2 shots of espresso into a mug.
Top with 4 ounces boiling water from the espresso machine.
Serve immediately and enjoy!
- Serving Size: 1
- Calories: 1
- Sugar: 0g
- Sodium: 11mg
- Fat: 0g
- Saturated Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 0g
- Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 0.1g
- Cholesterol: 0mg