In Europe, coffee is essentially espresso – which, in America, isn’t very much coffee. To create a caffè americano – a coffee that satisfies the American preference for more sips in every cup – Europeans simply add hot water to their espresso. While the americano is similar in strength and taste to American-style brewed coffee, there are subtle differences achieved by pulling a fresh shot of espresso for the beverage base. The best way to discover these nuances, of course, is to try a cup yourself.
Whereas water is added to espresso after it’s been extracted in a caffè americano, a lungo, or long espresso, is made by passing more water through the espresso machine.
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A drizzle here, an extra shot there. Mix and match from the possibilities below to create your very own personalized drink®.
Espresso shot, Caramel, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Classic, Raspberry, Irish Cream, Caramel Drizzle, Mocha Drizzle.
Full cream, Low fat, Non-fat, Soy.