What is a long black coffee?
A long black coffee is a type of espresso-based drink that originated in Australia. It’s made by pulling a shot of espresso and then adding hot water to create a larger, Americano-style drink. It’s typically served in a tall, narrow mug and has a strong, bold flavor. Some people also refer to it as a “flat black” or a “double black.”
How do you make a long black coffee?
To make a long black coffee, you will need the following equipment:
- An espresso machine
- A coffee grinder
- A tamper
- A pitcher or jug of hot water
- A mug
- Freshly roasted, high-quality coffee beans
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make a long black coffee:
- Begin by grinding your coffee beans. For a long black, you will want to use a relatively fine grind setting on your grinder. The exact amount of coffee you use will depend on personal preference, but a good starting point is about 18-20 grams of coffee for a single long black.
- Next, heat up your espresso machine and prepare your tamper.
- Once your espresso machine is ready, place your coffee grounds in the portafilter and tamp them down evenly.
- Attach the portafilter to the espresso machine and pull a shot of espresso. The shot should be about 25-30 ml, and should take around 25-30 seconds to extract.
- While the espresso is being extracted, heat up a jug or pitcher of water. The water should be hot, but not boiling.
- Once the espresso is ready, pour it into a mug.
- Next, slowly pour the hot water into the mug, being careful not to disturb the layer of espresso. The water should be added in a circular motion to create a spiral pattern in the mug. The final drink should be about twice the size of the shot of espresso.
- Serve the long black immediately, while it is still hot.