I have 12 oz cups, 16, and 20. How many shots per cup are preferred? I don't normally drink Americanos but I find them to be popular at my location. Thanks

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You may get a number of different answers to this question and they may all be valid.
Different coffees will perform differently so what works for me may not work for you. Do some tests.

At one of the places I work I get excellent feedback from customers with this:

For the "12 ounce" cup I use 16 grams run for 90 ml on top of about 210 ml of hot water from a group head. That leaves space for milk.

For the "16 ounce" cup I'll use 16 grams run for 120 ml on top of about 240 ml of hot water from a group head.

This isn't my favourite drink but I'll test them every now and then and I'm actually surprised at how good they are.

Again, with a different roast or blend you may have very very different results.

As for "20 ounce" cups: I honestly don't do too many. People who want them ask for a lot of space for milk and for it not to be too strong so I actually dose much the same as for the 16 ounce drink.

Again, this is just a starting point which works with the coffee I'm given to use.
Oh, and in case you're new here:

You posted this in the travel section which is not where it should be. You may also find the information you're looking for by doing a search on this site.

Please tell us about your experiments and what sort of results you're getting.
I just tend to assume that 1 single is akin to 1 cup of coffee.

I assume 1 cup of coffee to be around 5-6oz. each.

Which means that I assume 3 shots for a 16oz, 2 shots for a 12oz, and 4 shots for a 20oz.

If I were using a different brew method, the water/coffee ratio would be pretty close to the same.

/logic.
We pull a double shot for our 8 oz Americano (1.5 oz espresso + 6 oz hot water) and use 2 double shots for our 16 oz Americano. Those are the only two sizes we do for Americano, since all of our portafilters are doubles.
From my experience, this is what I have found to be pretty standard. I drink Americanos and always check when I am ordering mine to make sure there are no surprises. It also serves as a good reminder to the barista who maybe used to making lattes all day long and might short me a shot.

12 oz - 2 shots
16 oz - 3 shots
20 oz - 4 shots
Thanks for all the input. I guess I was a shot short on the 20oz. I have a triple shot and double shot grinder but no quadruple shot. I guess that hasn't been invented yet lol. I will do two doubles.
A triple will taste different than a double based on brew dynamics alone.

I would pull two doubles for 3 shots, and use the un-used split to gauge the quality of the drink with my taste-buds before serving, or for use in the next drink in que.

D. Smith said:
Thanks for all the input. I guess I was a shot short on the 20oz. I have a triple shot and double shot grinder but no quadruple shot. I guess that hasn't been invented yet lol. I will do two doubles.
This is what our roaster suggests also. We have found through trial and error that our customers order their Americano sizes based on how "strong" they want it so we do a double shot is all three sizes. They get to choose the concentration, in effect.

Terika said:
From my experience, this is what I have found to be pretty standard. I drink Americanos and always check when I am ordering mine to make sure there are no surprises. It also serves as a good reminder to the barista who maybe used to making lattes all day long and might short me a shot.

12 oz - 2 shots
16 oz - 3 shots
20 oz - 4 shots

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