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How to Make an Americano at Home

Amanda Norcross Amanda Norcross • May 13, 2021

Want to learn how to make an Americano at home? Read on to discover what an Americano coffee is, and how you can easily make it in your own kitchen.

What Is an Americano Coffee?

An Americano, simply put, is espresso poured over hot water (or hot water poured over espresso if you prefer). Also known as a "caffè Americano," this coffee drink is believed to have got its name during World War II, when American G.I.'s in Italy would dilute espresso with water.


Americano Recipe

Want to try making an Americano at home? Here's how you can easily do it.

What You Need

  • Coffee beans
  • Espresso machine
  • Filtered water
  • Kettle or pot


  • 8 ounces of filtered, just off-boil water
  • Two ounces (double shot) of espresso


Step 1: Add a double shot of espresso (the standard for most specialty coffee drinks) to a tall coffee cup. Never made espresso before? Use our step-by-step guide to making espresso at home

Step 2: Pour your hot water over top. 

Expert Tip: If you'd like to keep the crema—the caramel-covered froth—on top of your Americano, it's best to add your water to the coffee cup first, gently pouring your espresso over top.

Tips for Making an Americano

  • Use freshly filtered water, heated in a kettle or pot.
  • Use a 1:4 ratio: 2 ounces of espresso and 8 ounces of water.

Types of Americano Coffee

Long Black Americano: 1:2 ratio 

Little Buddy or Italiano Americano: 1:1 ratio 

Iced Americano: 1:4 ratio. Using filtered water and good ice (frozen filtered water) is key to a great tasting, iced Americano.

To make an iced Americano, fill a glass with ice and pour cold water over the ice until the glass is about half full. Next and finally, pour your espresso over top. The espresso will float a bit, so snap a photo for Instagram and enjoy!

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