All Hail The Americano (And Perhaps Your Grandpa)


by Kevin Newsum August 30, 2018

By now, the tale's been told often enough that it's morphed into legend: American GIs, stationed in Italy during the Second World War, needed a jolt to get going in the morning (#relatable), but found the region's coffee too strong. So they did what the savvy dothey improvisedadding hot water to the drink to create a concoction that wasn't, well, coffee, exactly, but may have been closer to what they were otherwise used to drinking at home.

Fast forward seventy-five years or so and the Americano remains a staple, and it's still...not quite coffee.

Perhaps the most interesting anecdote (beyond the idea that Americans were so motivated to approximate coffee that they'd pour water in espresso to mimic it) is the notion that the Americano has been suggested as a sort of cultural exchange: the Americans brought jazz, the Europeans flipped that for an Old World take on espresso (which the Americans co-opted, but still). 

And if you love trivia, you can reverse the process of the Americano and craft a totally different drink. To make a Long Black, add espresso to an existing glass of hot water, making the drink 'long' and diluting it.

How to Make An Americano

  • Go to Europe in the 1940s (just kidding)
  • Pour Steamm Espresso, warmed, into a six ounce cup
  • Add boiling water to espresso until espresso reaches nears the rim
  • Option: add a sugar cube to taste

Fashion your own Americano for less. Use the promo code AMERICANO for 10% off your next Steamm order. 

Maybe your Grandpa wasn't in Europe in the 40s, but we're guessing if he were, he'd have given the Americano a shot -




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