How to Make An Americano Coffee?

If you’re an American coffee lover, this will be a great deal for you. You don’t have to wait over the coffee shop for the barista to make one for you. With this article, you can make your Americano coffee at home.

Americano Coffee in a glass

If you still have not tried it, it’s worth a shot. You’ve probably had an espresso. Americano coffee happens to be similar to espresso. The difference is, instead of using milk while making espresso, you use water on Americano coffee.

Americano coffee is a popular drink, especially in North America. You can make your Americano coffee with a single shot of espresso, a double shot, or a triple shot. It all depends on the amount of caffeine you want or the taste you want.

Depending on your preference, you can choose to add milk, cream, or sugar. The popular way of making Americano coffee is by mixing a double shot with hot water. If you want to make this cup of coffee, you need to get the steps right. Reading through this guide will help you do that.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make your Americano coffee

  1. Buy Your Coffee Beans

Selecting the right choice of beans is the first step to making any good cup of coffee. Use espresso beans for your Americano coffee. Using any other type of bean will not give you the desired results.

  1. Warm Your Espresso Machine

Turn your espresso machine on to warm up. You will need to use it when warm. This is why it’s necessary to warm it at this point.

  1. Measure the Required Coffee Beans

Use your scale to measure the number of beans you’ll require. This will depend on your taste, the size of your espresso machine, and caffeine level preference. The amount of beans needed for a double shot is between 14 to 18 grams. A triple shot requires 21 grams of beans.

  1. Grind the Coffee Beans

Take the measured amount of beans and add them to the coffee grinder. Grind them finely and on a low setting on your espresso machine. Make sure you grind them finely until they are powdery. Grinding them finely helps you get the rich flavor that you want. Using a coffee grinder will give you the best results.

  1. Tamp Your Ground Coffee

Fill the ground coffee in your clean and dry portafilter and tamp the coffee grounds evenly. Tamping your beans tightly in the filtering basket will allow even distribution of coffee in the basket of the espresso machine. When you tamp, you get to compress the grinds allowing even extraction of flavor from the coffee beans.

  1. Make Espresso Coffee

To make Americano coffee, you need to make your espresso coffee first. The first step to making your espresso is adding the filled portafilter in the machine then placing your coffee mug underneath to collect the espresso. After you’ve done that, turn on your machine and wait for your espresso coffee. The amount of time this process will take depends on your machine model. Make sure to follow the instructions in your manual. You don’t want your coffee to taste sour. The sour taste is an indication that you’ve either over-extracted or under-extracted the beans.

  1. Heat Your Water

Now you have the espresso. The next step is making your Americano coffee. To do this, you’ll be needing hot water. Usually, the amount of water that you’ll need for your Americano is double the espresso amount that you used. However, the amount of water depends on how you prefer your Americano coffee, the strength of the espresso coffee you’ve made, and your coffee mug size. Your water temperature should be approximately 165F. Too much of a hot coffee will take time to cool, and this interferes with your coffee flavor. Too cold coffee will cool quickly too, and it interferes with the flavor.

  1. Mix Your Espresso and Your Water

Here, you add your espresso to your hot water. This will ensure that you retain the foam on your espresso and the crema. Doing this also allows the blend to be more even. Don’t add your water to the espresso coffee but do vice versa.

  1. Enjoy Your Americano

Now you have your Americano coffee. It’s your choice to either add some flavor and toppings or not to. You can sprinkle some cinnamon on the coffee, add some milk and sugar, add some honey, add some whipped cream, add some vanilla or just leave it plain. This all depends on your Americano coffee taste preference. Despite how you do it, make sure you enjoy your first homemade Americano coffee.

Now that you have enjoyed your Americano coffee, it’s time to try out something new.

Americano Iced Coffee

How do you make your American iced coffee? The process is similar to making your Americano coffee. Here you’ll use some ice and cold water instead of using hot water.

The requirements are:

  • Espresso coffee
  • Coldwater
  • Ice
  • A Glass or a container


  1. Put some ice cubes in your glass or container.
  2. Take the espresso that you’ve already made using the process of making your Americano coffee. Pour the espresso in the glass or container with the ice cubes.
  3. Now fill the remaining glass or container with water making sure to adjust to your preference.
  4. Enjoy your iced Americano coffee.

It’s that easy. Let’s now get to the advantages of taking Americano coffee

  1. It helps you burn your fats.
  2. Americano coffee helps improve your brain functioning.
  3. Americano coffee helps prevent some diseases like Parkinson’s, liver cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s.
  4. The coffee alleviates your mood.
  5. The coffee boosts your energy levels.
  6. It also helps in reducing stress levels.

To sum up, let’s have a look at the frequently asked questions.

  1. What is the difference between regular and Americano coffee?

If you’ve already tasted Americano coffee, you’ve noticed that the taste is different from regular coffee. The espresso used to make Americano coffee gives the coffee a rich and full taste compared to regular coffee.

  1. Are there methods used to make your espresso without an espresso machine?

If you don’t have an espresso machine, you can still make your espresso coffee. There are other methods that you can use to do this, and they include:

  • Use of a French press.
  • Use of a Moka pot
  • Use of an AeroPress.
  • Use of an espresso hand gadget.
  • Use of a lever machine.
  1. Between Americano and regular coffee, which has more caffeine concentration?

The caffeine concentration in Americano coffee depends on the number of espresso shots that you’ve used. However, Americano coffee has less caffeine concentration compared to regular coffee.

  1. What is the correct water to espresso ratio used to make Americano coffee?

This depends on your preference. However, use double the amount of water for the espresso used. An example, if you used two ounces of espresso, use 4 ounces of water to make your Americano coffee. Adjust the ratio to fit your taste.

Finally, enjoy your Americano coffee!

About the author

Hi I'm James and coffee is an integral part of my routine: from waking up to getting ready for work in the morning, to spending time with friends after work in the evening hours. It’s not just about being caffeinated; it's about enjoying every single moment of your day with that perfect cup of joe! At, our goal is to provide no-nonsense, clear and up to date information about coffee.

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