While you might have first heard about this drink at Starbucks, it's actually from Australia -- or New Zealand depending on who you ask. The drink has two shots of espresso, 6oz of steamed milk, and microfoam on top. (Microfoam is the fancy-pants term baristas use for that aerated milk that makes for beautiful espresso art.) Barry Dry, the owner of NYC's Hole in the Wall, says that this drink is great for someone looking for a latte that has a stronger coffee flavor. "It has less milk than a latte, so you can taste the coffee a bit more."
There are just two ingredients in this drink -- espresso and water -- but don't let its simplicity fool you into thinking it's a boring drink. Andrew Timko, a coffee roaster at Blueprint in St. Louis, is a big fan of the Americano and thinks it's underappreciated. "All we're doing by adding water to the espresso is affecting the strength of the beverage. It provides a really nice extracted coffee." If you want a big espresso drink sans the dairy, this is the perfect drink for you.
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