What is an Americano?
In a business environment and in life today coffee has become a drink that is associated with work. Some would consider the Americano the businessman’s drink. Low in calories and packs a punch! What is an Americano?
Caffe Americano, also known as an americano or American. It is a type of coffee drink prepared by diluting the espresso with hot water. This gives the beverage the same strength as the espresso but gives it a different flavour to traditionally brewed coffee. An americano can vary with the number of espresso shots pulled and the amount of water added.
The americano is essentially known as black coffee but is prepared differently from standard filter coffee. To prepare this beverage, fill 2/3rds of the glass with hot water then extract the espresso shot (single or double–on preference) on top of the beverage. By preparing the beverage in this manner, the ‘crema’ of the espresso will not dissipate but remain on top. A common mistake in preparing this beverage is to first extract the espresso then add the hot water. What this does, if boiling water is added, is burn the coffee.
“Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.”– Anne Morrow Lindbergh
A standard Americano is served black. It is optional for people to add a little milk for taste. The amount of milk. Use Fresh whole milk (fat content 3.3 -4%, protein 3.2-3.3% stored at 5 degrees centigrade or lower). There are cold or hot milk options when served depending on the requirement from the consumer of the beverage.
The temperature of the espresso coffee shot in the Americano cup should be approximately 75 degrees centigrade. This will maintain the crema on the surface and protect the aromatic components of the beverage. Americanos are prepared with hot water. The perfect temperature of the beverage should not exceed 75 degrees centigrade. What generally happens is that people put boiling water (100 degrees centigrade at sea level) onto the espresso shot. This burns the coffee and gives the coffee a bitter taste. The correct way would be to first add the hot water into the cup, thereafter, extract the shot of espresso into the cup with hot water already in it. This will drastically enhance the quality of the beverage.
Emulsion – What is an Americano?
No milk is present in this drink. Standard milk can be added to the beverage. This can be served hot or cold depending on your preference.
Additional Information – What is an Americano?
The americano is made with a single or double shot of espresso depending on the size of your cup. Thereafter only water is added. Added sugar is optional and will increase the number of calories in the beverage. Coffee itself increases one’s metabolism making the body, burn more fat. This would make it a negative calorie drink and contribute to weight loss.
The serving size of 28 grams (200ml) of Americano contains about 6 calories, 1.2 grams of carbs, 0 grams of total fat and 4.5 grams of sugar per spoon (if you add extra sugar to the beverage), 0 mg of iron and 0mg of sodium.
The coffee in the Americano beverage adds several health benefits namely…
1. Prevent heart ailments
2. Lowers stroke
3. Prevent type 2 diabetes
4. Prevents Alzheimer’s
5. Reduce gallstones
6. Assist digestion
7. Lowers cancer
8. Burn fat
9. Teeth health
10. Prevent headaches
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