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Topic: Americano ratio (14 msgs / 572 lines)
1) From: R.N.Kyle
I always thought that it was a 50/50 ratio?
Ron Kyle
Anderson SC

2) From: John Abbott
Just thinking about the difference in Americanos and I got to wondering.
What size shot and how many ounces of water?
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3) From: Irene and Lubos Palounek
"What size shot and how many ounces of water?"
John, I use enough hot water to satisfy the taste of each person --
different amount of resulting Americano for different people. Also different
size of cup. I add our standard "double shot" amount of coffee, that is 1.5
oz of coffee in 25 to 28 seconds.
Which brings another question:
How do you measure the amount of coffee for an espresso double-shot?  For
some time now, I use 17g of coffee per doubles hot.  However, 17g of some
ground coffee does not fill the 58mm basket, 17g of other coffee overfills
it. For many beans, 17g is the perfect amount of coffee for the
finger-level/lightly tamp/gently hit/tamp/polish method. I thought that
using constant weight of coffee beans is better for consistency, but perhaps
I am wrong?
Regards, Lubos
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4) From: John Abbott
	I use a 2 ounce shot with 5 ounces of water for our Americanos - but that's
just what I settled on - haven't seen any standard - but their must be one.
(looks like a Greek sentence doesn't it :o)  My SM5K does the dosing for me
dependant upon the setting of the cup size dial. But I have a sense about it
that says it doesn't add much for a 2 ounce over a 1 ounce. I've been saying
for about a year now that I'm going to weigh the pucks when its finished. I
guess I'll get at that.

5) From: The Scarlet Wombat
I pull a double espresso and add about 8 ounces of water for my Americanos, 
tastes about the strength of regularly French Pressed coffee, but much 
better flavor.
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6) From: John Abbott
From About Coffee & Tea: AMERICANO Definition: A gourmet cup of coffee, made
by pouring one or two shots of espresso into a cup of hot water. The crema
from the espresso will float on top
From A Seattle Lexicon; lingo from a far corner:  Americano: Also known as a
Caffe Americano. An espresso diluted with hot water, ideal for the
Americano Misto: An Americano with steamed milk, at least at Starbucks.
Similar to a latte without the foam (a Foamless), except that steamed milk
and hot water are added half-and-half (rather than just steamed milk).
I've always seen it made with an espresso shot (single or double) into a cup
of water.  But if you like the way your making it - then your making it

7) From: Dan Bollinger
Ditto, here.  It must be right.  Two out of two 'Dans' agree.  ;)   Dan
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8) From: Dan Bollinger
Oh, no.  Not nearly that strong.  The term is suppossed to come from when
the Americans invaded Italy during WWII.  They didn't like espresso, so the
baristas diluted a shot with hot water to make a regular strength cup of
Joe.  My guess is that the original Americano was a single shot in a
cappuccino cup (6.5 oz.) filled with water.

9) From: Angelo
I have a duplicate basket into which I put my beans. The correlation of the 
amount of whole beans to the same beans roasted is just about spot on. If I 
fill to the rim, the grounds will go up to the rim.... This usually, though 
not always, translates to about 18 grams for a 1 1/2 oz drink...The type of 
bean affects it not....
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10) From: Jack Berry
What would lactose tolerance have to do with Americanos, unless the meaning
is that hot water replaces milk?

11) From: John Abbott
	Being lactose intolerant I would think your thinking was correct.  However
I never thought of it like that - I just do it to create a smooth drink when
my stomach isn't ready for an Espresso.

12) From: Dan Bollinger
Yes, just that.  It is the only espresso drink that doesn't use milk, a
no-no for lactose intolerant people.  Dan
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13) From: Jack Berry
Is that like being cherry pie & Blue Bell intolerant? I noticed this morning
that my scale is reporting it's still with me after the feast Thursday!

14) From: John Abbott
Well - put like that - I guess I'm intolerant of lots of things :O)

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