How to Brew
An Americano is an espresso-based drink designed to resemble coffee brewed in a drip filter, considered popular in the United States of America. This drink consists of a single or double-shot of espresso combined with up to four or five ounces of hot water in a two-demitasse cup. It is important to note, that an Americano is created by adding the water to an already extracted espresso, not by extracting extra water through a single espresso puck. An Americano can be produced from lighter roasted coffees and roasts not generally associated with espresso, such as Ethiopian or Sumatran origins.
While some state that the Americano was created in Europe to deride the perceived American taste for weaker coffees, it is more likely that it was developed in the United States city of Seattle. A well-made Americano retains the subtle aroma of espresso with a lighter body and less bitterness.
HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICANO
- ⅓ espresso
- ⅔ water
A cappuccino is a coffee-based drink made primarily from espresso and milk. It consists of one-third espresso, one-third third heated milk and one-third milk foam and is generally served in a 6 to 8-ounce cup. The cappuccino is considered one of the original espresso drinks representative of Italian espresso cuisine and eventually Italian-American espresso cuisine.
The original Italian cappuccino consists of a single shot (1.26ounces) of espresso topped with a small amount of milk and froth. The milk is not heavily frothed, but is a thicker foam that becomes a part of the espresso rather than a layer on top of the coffee. Generally, and Italian cappuccino will be without flavors or garnishes other than a small amount of unsweetened chocolate powder.
MAKING A CAPPUCCINO
With a shot of espresso, add equal amount frothed milk and top with foam. In shops where latte art is performed, clear cups are used and, done right, one can see the three layers in succession in their cup. A slight variation is the latte, where instead of one third milk, just under 2/3 milk is used and a light layer of foam on top.
The Latte is a Coffee drink, originating from the Italian Peninsula. The term as used in English is a shortened form of the Italian caffè latte or caffellatte which means “milk coffee”.
It is made half espresso, and half steamed milk, topped off with milk foam.