Coffee is a cultural phenomenon in many countries, but it is especially prevalent in U.S. society. Millions of Americans drink coffee every day and at any time they want, often sported in to-go cups from local chains or washable travel mugs. Regardless of when or where it’s made, the most important part of American-style coffee is how it’s brewed. Read on to see what American coffee is (and isn’t), and how to make it yourself at home, without traveling overseas to taste it:
What Kind of Coffee Do Americans Drink?
Type of Coffee Beans
Most Americans drink coffee made with Arabica beans, usually a medium roast for hot coffee and a darker roast for iced coffee. Arabica beans are the most popular type of coffee bean, with the Robusta coffee bean coming in second. Compared to Robusta beans, Arabica beans have a sweeter and more delicate flavor profile.
Drip-brewed coffee requires a filter and pour hot water dripping over the ground coffee beans, whether using a drip coffee maker or coffee pod brewer. Drip-brew is the most popular style of brewing in America, surpassing pour-over and French press as the main brewing method. The drip-brew method works really well with medium roast coffee, so it’s not surprising to see that drip coffee makers are in homes across America.
How Do Americans Take their Coffee?
While some Americans prefer it black or cream only, many take their coffee with cream and sugar. Flavor swirls like caramel and mocha are very popular with American coffee, especially at big coffee chains that have multiple flavor options. Many big coffee chains also have limited edition flavors, especially during the holiday season.
American Coffee vs. Americano
The Americano is a classic espresso drink that has some connection to American coffee, but it goes beyond the brewer. During World War II, U.S. soldiers in Italy diluted the strong espresso with hot water to mimic the drip-brewed coffee from home. The Americano still requires espresso and hot water, whereas American coffee calls for medium-roast drip coffee.
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