There's a certain art to pouring an espresso shot, and many baristas won't serve a shot of espresso if it's not perfect. Robbie Pfeffer, manager of The Fixx coffee shop and arts venue in Tempe, says some people take "the art of espresso shots" too seriously, but even he throws out his first shot when we order the Americano, because he says it took too long to pour. He then poured two new (and almost perfect) shots of espresso.
The Fixx's Americano is a strong coffee (thanks to the double shot of espresso), and there's a big bitter kick, but that's easily offset with some cream and sugar. There's no "watered down" flavor to the Americano at all -- this is pure, strong, heady dark roast coffee.
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