"Espresso! My Espresso!"
An Ongoing Internet Novelette
by Randy Glass - Copyright 2002 - All rights reserved
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3001/07/01 - I had my first "Americano" this morning. Pulling a double shot early this morning that I was intending to drink straight, for whatever reason it tasted quite bitter on my palate and I just wasn't in the mood for that. So I thought "What can I do with these two shots?"
An Americano, Please.
For those who don't know, an Americano is a shot or two of espresso poured into a coffee cup of hot water. It's a way of making a nice, strong cup of coffee when all you have is an espresso machine. But beyond that, it brings the nuances and varietal differences that espresso creates to cupped coffee.
Anyway, the two shots weren't so bad as to be thrown down the sink, so I got out a cappa cup, put about half a teaspoon of sugar in the bottom (as I said, I just wasn't in the mood to deal with bitter), and filled it most of the rest of the way with hot water from Silvia's steam wand. The two shots went in last. It was amazingly delicious. It was rich, satisfying, and had tons of delicate flavors that combined to make it taste like- well, my impression all through the cup was "this tastes like food!" I can't tell you why but that's what I felt. I can guarantee that this was not my last Americano!
Now, sure, I have said before that you should only put sugar and milk in coffee because you want to not because you have to. And in th previous paragraph I said that I put in the sugar, and the inference was that I had to. I will say that while drinking, it did taste a little too sweet to me and that I could taste the sugar coming through the Americano. I wish I had put in about half that amount of sugar. Maybe next time I can manage a decent pull so I won't need the sugar. I will say that, after tasting that wonderful cup that I am glad I didn't toss the espresso