What is an American coffee and how to do it at home

The coffee It is without a doubt one of the most popular and consumed drinks in the world. In fact, nowadays it is estimated that each Spanish consumes an average of 2 coffees, while Finland stands out as the country where more coffee is consumed, around 9.5 kg. per person per year (equivalent to a consumption of around 2.64 cups per person per day).

But to trace them back to the origin of coffee consumption we must travel far back, specifically to the thirteenth century, although it is believed that the Ethiopian ancestors were the first to discover - and recognize - the energizing effect of the grains of the coffee plant. In fact, the story of the Ethiopian goat breeder who supposedly discovered coffee back in the ninth century did not appear written until the year 1671, which is believed to be apocryphal.

Be that as it may, or what is certain is that from Ethiopia the coffee gradually spread to Egypt and Yemen, where there is evidence that in the middle of the fifteenth century in Sufi monasteries the coffee drink was already known, or At least there was knowledge of the coffee tree.

In any case, as you surely know, there are many ways to prepare coffee, which has given rise to a wide diversity of typical and popular coffees depending on the place of the world in which we find ourselves. It is the case of cappuccino, a well-known Italian drink prepared with espresso and steam-mounted milk. Or the typical American coffee about which in fact we speak to you on this occasion.

What is American coffee?

American coffee is a type of coffee that basically consists of adding hot water to an espresso, so that it is characterized by a coffee that is much softer and lighter than any other variety, with a sweeter flavor and a lower amount of caffeine. That is why it is also known as a Long coffee.

Its origin seems to date back to World War II, where American soldiers stationed in Italy tended to dilute the espresso with hot water to bring the coffee they were accustomed to. That is why it received the name of "Caffè Americano".

However, other sources place their origin in the decade of the 70, specifically from the hands of the Italians who at that time resided in America.

How to make American coffee

There are two ways to prepare an American coffee. On this occasion we will explain the 2, the traditional way and the much simpler, simple and fast way. It will take about 5 minutes to prepare it, and about 10 minutes to cook it.

How to prepare an American coffee in a traditional way

To make it you will need 5 tablespoons of ground coffee and the equivalent of 1 liter of water.

Put the water and coffee in a pot and let it boil. When it begins to boil it lowers to low fire, and it removes during some minutes. Strain the drink carefully and serve it. It is ready to drink.

How to prepare an American coffee in a simple way

To make this coffee you only need 4 tablespoons of ground coffee and the equivalent of 2 cups of water.

Prepare your coffee maker as you traditionally prepare it: put the water in sufficient quantity, add the filter with the coffee and put on the fire until the coffee rises. Then, serve in a cup and add half a cup of hot water to reduce the drink. Ready!. ThemesCoffee

How to Make an Americano | Perfect Coffee (September 2019)