What do a latte, cappuccino, macchiato, and Americano coffee all have in common?
They all start off with a well-pulled shot (or two!) of espresso.
All shots of true espresso share these common traits.
- 200ºF water temperature
- 9 bars of pressure during extraction
- 25-30 seconds of extraction time
The result is a bold, rich, full-bodied shot of very concentrated coffee with enough flavor to cut through 12 ounces of whole milk and flavored syrup.
But what if you want a drink with all the flavor and boldness of espresso without all the sugar and fat of a latte?
Try an Americano coffee.
The Anatomy of an Americano Coffee
Before we get ahead of ourselves, what the heck is an Americano anyway?