A true classic, the Americano has quite the origin story.
During WWII, American soldiers stationed in Italy had an insatiable desire for coffee, but the Italian espresso fared too bitter for their tastes.
To recreate the drip coffee they loved back home, the crafty soldiers watered the espresso down, and the Americano was born.
Easy to make, the Americano has two ingredients: an espresso shot and hot water. You can add milk, of course, but some argue it negates the flavour. We say go with what tastes best for you!
For black coffee, it’s all about that rich, full-bodied flavour, so choosing the right ground coffee or beans is essential. Single-origin coffees – like Costa’s Signature Blend – are bolder and more flavourful, as they don’t balance flavours across different beans. So, if you’re looking for a simple but tasty coffee to get you going in the morning, pick up this pack!
Before the espresso machine was created, moka pots were used to make the caffeine powerhouse that is an espresso shot. The moka pot features two chambers, and water is heated in the bottom chamber, rising as steam into the upper section with the espresso grounds, creating your espresso.
Espresso machines gained widespread use in the 20th century, replacing moka pots as a more efficient method of making espresso shots. Using pressure to extract coffee from the grounds, the taste is smoother and more flavourful, but ultimately the method boils down to personal preference.
To use a moka pot, you need to first grind down your coffee beans into a fine powder – our grinders make short work of this process!
For all of the recipes below, you can use a moka pot or an espresso machine to create your espresso shots.