How to make an Americano with Nespresso?

Most of you probably have your first Americano at a café! But what about brewing Americano at home? Sound amazing, Right?

Americano has a milder taste similar to traditional coffee and is ideal for those Espresso lovers who want a larger cup of drink so that they can sip it for longer. 

It is a blessing having a Nespresso machine at home, as it can brew Americano for you with much ease.

The milder taste of Americano may please you more if Nespresso is too strong for you.  

In this article, we will discuss what is Americano and how to make an Americano with the original line and Vertuo line Nespresso machines. How to make Nespresso Iced Americano? Best pods for Americano and best Nespresso machine for brewing Americano? So keep reading to learn how.

Americano with Nespresso

Read a detailed guide on Caffe Americano

How to make an Americano with Nespresso original line machines

Making Americano with Nespresso original line machines is pretty easy.

If you have Nespresso original line models like Creatista, Lattissima, Citiz, Inissia, Pixie, or Essenza, the built-in features in these models enable you to make 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 brewing the perfect shot of Americano.

Americano with Nespresso Original line

Steps include

  1. Place an 8-ounce coffee cup under the outlet of the Nespresso machine
  2. Place 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.

Also read: Nespresso Essenza Mini vs Plus

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 10 oz.

However, because everyone’s tastes differ, you can adjust this ratio according to your taste.

How to make an Americano with Nespresso Vertuo line machines

Preparing an Americano with a Nespresso Vertuo line machine is a bit more complicated. The reason is that Vertuo line models operate by scanning the bar code imprinted on the capsule.

Americano with Nespresso Vertuo

Therefore, the Vertuo model can’t brew unless there is a pod in the chamber. That’s the reason it is quite difficult to get hot water with the Nespresso Vertuo line machine.

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.

  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. You’ll need 5.5 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 taste 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

Normally, you can use any espresso pods to make Americano. There is a range of Intensity levels available that you can choose from.

  • For a stronger Espresso taste: choose a pod having an intensity level rating of 9 or higher.

The ideal capsules, if you want to enjoy the more roasted and strong flavor with higher intensity, are Napoli or Ristretto. You can buy them from the links below

  • For the mildest Espresso taste: Choose a pod having an intensity rating ranging between 5 to 7.

If you want a milder gourmand Americano experience, the best pods are cocoa truffle and Vanilla Eclair. You can buy these pods from the link below

  • For the Lightest Espresso taste: Choose a pod having a rating of 5 or lower.

If you want to have a lighter Americano experience then Livanto or Volluto capsules will be a perfect choice. You can buy these capsules from the link below.

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. You can buy these from the link below.

However, if you don’t like strong coffee, then go with Altissio Nespresso Vertuoline capsules. These are best for Americano with mild flavors. You can buy these from the link below.

How to make Iced Americano with a Nespresso machine?

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?

Many people are confused between Lungo and Americano. They consider these two the same thing. However, these are not essentially the same drink.

Lungo is not the same thing as Americano. Lungo, also known as “Long” in Italian, is a shot of espresso which is pulled for a longer period of time.

Preparing Americano with a Nespresso machine is not as simple as just pressing the Lungo button or using a Gran Lungo Vertuo pod.

Additionally, Lungo tastes much more bitter as compared to Americano.

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 a Espresso shot and get hot water from these machines.

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Johny Morrisson is a passionate coffee enthusiast and an avid blogger dedicated to exploring the world of coffee.

Whether it's repairing or troubleshooting coffee equipment, reviewing cutting-edge brewing machines, or delving into the latest coffee trends, Johny's writing captivates readers and invites them on a flavorful journey.

When he's not writing, Johny enjoys traveling, seeking inspiration from different cultures and coffee traditions worldwide.

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