How to make an Americano with Nespresso?

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Johny Morrisson

It is a blessing having a Nespresso machine at home, as it can prepare delicious Americano coffee drinks for you very conveniently.

In this article, I’ll walk you through how to turn standard espresso shots from your Nespresso into americanos to rival your favorite coffeehouse.

Americano with Nespresso

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How to make an Americano with Nespresso original line machines

You can easily make Americano in Nespresso original line models like Creatista, Lattissima, Citiz, Inissia, Pixie, and Essenza as the built-in features make it easy to prepare espresso and hot water at the push of a button.

Also, these original line models help to get the exact espresso-to-water ratio for making perfect Americano.

Americano with Nespresso Original line

Steps include

  1. Place an 8-ounce coffee cup under the outlet of the Nespresso machine
  2. Insert an espresso pod inside the machine.
  3. Press the Espresso button to brew an espresso shot.
  4. If you are a fan of a stronger cup of coffee then brew another shot of espresso.
  5. Eject the used pod by opening the lever of the machine.
  6. Press the Lungo button without inserting the pod into the machine to dispense hot water over freshly brewed espresso shots.
  7. Repeat the previous step one more time if you want to add more water.

What Is The Correct Espresso-To-Water Ratio In Americano?

The water-to-espresso ratio in a regular cafe Americano is usually 2 to 1 or 3 to 1.

This implies you should add 2 or 3 ounces of water to every ounce of espresso in your Americano.

I usually prefer larger servings of Americano, here’s how I prepare it:

First I brew 2 shots of Espresso one after the other, and then I pour 2 Lungo shots of hot water over it. This prepares a larger Americano drink with a serving size of about 8 oz.

How to make an Americano with Nespresso Vertuo line machines

Vertuo line models operate by scanning the bar code imprinted on the capsule. Therefore, these machines can’t brew unless there is a pod in the chamber.

Americano with Nespresso Vertuo

So, it is quite difficult to get hot water with the Nespresso Vertuo line machine to make Americano Coffee directly.

But you can resolve this issue by making hot water on the Stovetop or Oven and then preparing Americano.

Otherwise, you can run cleaning cycles to get hot water from the Nespresso Vertuo machine.

Here’s the step by step guide for making Americano in Nespresso Vertuo

  1. Heat the desired amount of water. For preparing traditional Americano, you’ll need just about 3 ounces if you’re using a single espresso pod and 6 ounces if you’re using a double espresso pod.
  2. Heat that water on a stovetop or Electric kettle.
  3. Brew a shot of Espresso in your Nespresso Vertuo machine. You can either brew a single shot or a double shot depending on your taste.
  4. Pour the hot water into the espresso cup.

Vertuo machines can brew 8 ounces of regular coffee that tastes very similar to Americano coffee. That’s why I think it doesn’t make sense to prepare Americano coffee in Vertuo machines. You can use coffee pods to brew regular servings of coffee and you will love it.

Also Read: Nespresso Vertuo line vs Original line

Best Nespresso capsules for Americano

For the Nespresso Original line machine

Here are my favorite Nespresso Orginal Capsules for making Americano drinks.

  • For a stronger Espresso taste: Napoli and Kazaar are the perfect choice for strong and rich Americano Coffee.
  • For the mildest Espresso taste: Cocoa Truffle and Vanilla Eclair are ideal choices for making smooth and mild Americano.

For Nespresso Vertuo line Machine

With a Vertuo model, you can make an Americano with either single or double espresso pods. 

  • For a strong experience, Diavolitto Nespresso Vertuoline capsules are best.
  • If you prefer milder coffee, go with Altissio Nespresso Vertuoline capsules.

How to make an Iced Americano with Nespresso?

The steps for preparing an iced Americano are very similar to those for making a traditional Americano.

Iced Americano with Nespresso

Ingredient’s required

  •  A Double espresso shot or a triple shot (according to your preference) for a bolder taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Cold Water
  • A tall glass or cup

In Iced Americano add chilled water to Espresso shots, not hot water as in traditional Americano.

  • For a single espresso, use 2 ounces of cold water
  • For Double espresso, use 4 ounces of cold water

Here are the steps for making iced Americano:

  • Pull two separate Espresso shots or a double espresso shot.
  • Fill the glass with ice cubes to the top and add cold water to it.
  • Now add the freshly brewed Espresso shots to the glass.
  • Enjoy your delicious iced Americano.

Also Read: How to Make Nespresso Iced Coffee

What is the difference between Americano and lungo?

Lungo, also known as “Long” in Italian, is a shot of espresso that is pulled for a longer period while Americano is prepared by adding hot over a shot of Espresso.

Lungo is a milder form of Espresso with a slightly bitter aftertaste while Americano is a smooth coffee drink.

You can easily prepare Lungo drinks in the Nespresso Original line and Gran Lungo with the Nespresso Vertuo line at the touch of a button.

Nespresso Americano Recipe

The Nespresso Americano is a simple yet delicious coffee drink made by combining espresso and hot water.
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Author: Johny Morrisson


  • Nespresso Machine


  • 1 or 2 Nespresso Coffee Capsules
  • 4-6 oz Hot Water


  • Place a coffee pod in the Nespresso machine and prepare a shot of Espresso
  • Remove the capsule from the machine and Press the lungo button to pour hot water over Espresso
  • Stir gently to combine the espresso and water.
  • Taste and adjust strength if desired by adding more hot water for a weaker coffee or an extra shot of espresso for a stronger taste.
  • Enjoy your freshly made Americano! Add sugars or sweeteners as desired.


What is Nespresso Gran Lungo?

Nespresso Gran Lungo is a coffee serving style offered in Nespresso Vertuo Line machines. Gran Lungo shot is about 5 ounces and has a stronger and bitter taste than Americano.

Which Nespresso is best for Americano?

Nespresso Original line machines like Essenza, Pixie, Citiz, etc. are perfect for making Americano. As you can easily prepare an Espresso shot and get hot water from these machines.

Do you pour water or espresso first Americano?

Generally, Espresso is poured first while preparing an Americano drink then it is topped with hot water to taste.

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Johny Morrison is a founder and content creator at Coffee About. He knows everything there is to know about coffee and loves sharing his passion with others.

You can often find him sipping a single-origin pour-over, rich French press, or pulling espresso shots at home. Johny loves full-bodied dark roasts – the bolder, the better!

As a former barista, he takes coffee equipment seriously and enjoys experimenting with the latest gear. When he’s not brewing or blogging, Johny is scouting local cafes for his next coffee fix.

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