How to Make a Long Black Coffee

How to Make a Long Black Coffee


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:

  1. 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.
  2. Next, heat up your espresso machine and prepare your tamper.
  3. Once your espresso machine is ready, place your coffee grounds in the portafilter and tamp them down evenly.
  4. 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.
  5. While the espresso is being extracted, heat up a jug or pitcher of water. The water should be hot, but not boiling.
  6. Once the espresso is ready, pour it into a mug.
  7. 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.
  8. Serve the long black immediately, while it is still hot.
Hollie Jones
Hollie Jones
Hi I'm Hollie. I retired in the early 2000s, and decided to start this blog to fill my days helping others. I rely on my years of experience in the coffee industry to provide valuable tips and advice on choosing the right coffee beans, brewing methods, and equipment. You can trust that everything on this site has been thoroughly researched with careful attention to detail.