Americano – Rebirth


I’ve never like “kopi O”, and I used to say I don’t like Americano too.

As to re-tell the story, I really like milky drinks. Therefore, cappuccinos and lattes are my so-called staple diet. And these milky drinks are only really good with full cream milk.

Unfortunately, with my middle-kingdom kept expanding, I need to cut down milk intake among other things like fatty food, chocolates, nasi lemak , sugar and etc.

So, the healthiest coffee drink would be “kopi O”, brew coffee from french press or Aeropress and Americano. But they tend to be bitter and I need to add sugar and creamer. That defeats the whole idea of cutting fat and sugar.

And with my wife a little lactose-intolerant, I need to find way to make good coffee that is so good you can drink it on its own (like Gardenia bread in the AD, but I hate roti kosong).

Then suddenly the break through came. As you guys know, I have been emphasizing fresh roasted coffee. Well, my Highlander Supreme Blend of 100% arabica coffee is as fresh as they can get in Malaysia. But I am still unable to produce a nice cup of Americano.

That is until I change the grinder settings. In fact it was an accident. I was actually trying to improve my espresso experience. I normally grind to a certain fineness and give it a hard tamp. Extraction is around 28 seconds. Should be good, but somehow still lacking the complexity in the cup.

So, I change the grinder setting to one step finer but this time i use a softer tamp.

Dang, dang, dang, dang…. all the nuances of flavour came out. The fruitiness, slight acidity, good body and decent after taste. I did it. Lovely espresso. Wait a sec.. how about an americano. Immediately make one… wow… tasted great without milk and sugar.

Is this a fluke??? Quickly make a fresh cup for my wife. Ha… and she confirms it.

Americano that has a fruity and flowery taste of rose.

What did I learn here? Good americano like any other coffee style, you need four important ingredients.

1. Good quality, fresh roasted coffee
2. Good quality grinder
3. Espresso machine (Not toys like delonghi and krup)
4. Barista skills

Nuff said.

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7 thoughts on “Americano – Rebirth

  1. Simon Yeo

    HI KF Chan,

    Good post here…about the fruity taste of the Supreme Blend, do you get that with aeropress or french press? Or just with Americano?

    Toys like delongi and krup…..ha, nicely said.

  2. kfchan Post author

    Americano… finer grind and light/medium tamp.

    Somehow, I can’t get the complexity with either the Aeropress or french press. Tried both. Since I need to use a finer grind to bring out the fruitiness… can’t do that with presses.

    Both the Aeropress and french press cannot even get near to normal espresso settings.

  3. kfchan Post author

    Dear Aaron,

    It’s ok to get the french press from Starbucks but you should get the beans from me. Way way fresher than Starbucks and cheaper too.

    RM 46.00/500g. Delivery to anywhere in Peninsula Malaysia only RM10.00

    Let me know if you are interested.

  4. Ivan Brown

    I tried to get the price of a cup of coffee in Malaya and singapore One NZ $ is 2$ Malaya and ! $ singapore

  5. kfchan Post author

    Hi Ivan,

    There is NO standard price for a cup of coffee in Malaysia nor Singapore.
    In Malaysia, a cup of coffee ranged from RM1.80 to RM14.00 depending on the size of the cup and the place selling them.

    Starbucks would definitely be on the top range.

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