Caffè Americano, or Americano (Italian: American coffee) is a style of coffee prepared by adding hot water to espresso, giving a similar strength but different flavor from regular drip coffee. The strength of an Americano varies with the number of shots of espresso and the amount of water added.
In the United States, "Americano" is used broadly to mean combining hot water and espresso in either order, but in a narrower definition it refers to adding water to espresso (espresso on the bottom), while adding espresso to water (espresso on the top) is instead referred to as a long black.
The name is also spelled with varying capitalization and use of diacritics: e.g. Café Américano – a hyperforeignism using the French word for coffee and the Italian word for American, plus an additional incorrect accent, café Americano, cafe americano, etc.
An americano is a cup of coffee made by adding hot water to one or more shots of espresso. There's no milk or flavoring added, so it tastes somewhat like a cup of normal drip view. It's not exactly the same flavor, but not terribly different. I don't prefer one over the other. I have friends who think americanos are a waste of money. You get a cup of coffee, about the same strength as brewed. So why pay more? The answer is simple. Freshness. … more