Calories in Americano

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What is Americano?

If you have ever stepped foot into a coffee shop or espresso bar, chances are you’ve across Americano on the menu. This drink dates back to World War II, when American GI’s stationed in Europe tried to recreate the coffee that they drank back home. Americano is a type of coffee consisting of a shot of Espresso and hot water. The two ingredients are usually added in equal amounts, meaning that they are in a 1:1 ratio. What makes this drink special is the way in which it is prepared: the hot water is added to the espresso (if the two ingredients were combined in a different order, meaning the espresso was added to the hot water, the drink would be known as a “long black!”). An Americano is known to have a different flavor from drip coffee, but of course the flavor, as well as the strength of the drink, can be altered simply by using different amounts of water. More water will make for a weaker drink, whereas less water will make for a more concentrated, stronger drink.

Americano Nutrition Facts

A typical Americano drink contains minimal calories. Generally, a 16 ounce drink with no added sugar or cream will contain 20 calories, 3 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of protein. Additionally, it contains 2% of the recommended daily calcium intake, as well as magnesium, niacin, and various other minerals in trace amounts.

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