Long Black Recipe

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What is a Long Black?

A Long Black, also known as an Americano in some regions, is a simple and bold coffee drink that consists of a shot of espresso diluted with hot water. This espresso-based beverage is a favorite choice for those who enjoy a stronger coffee flavor without the intensity of a straight espresso shot. The Long Black retains the richness and crema of espresso while offering a more extended and mellow coffee experience.

How to Make a Long Black at Home:

Creating a satisfying Long Black at home is a straightforward process that requires only a few ingredients. Here's how to make a classic Long Black:


  • Freshly roasted coffee beans (specifically labeled for espresso)
  • Hot water


  1. Grind the coffee beans to a fine consistency, specifically calibrated for espresso brewing.
  2. Brew a shot of hot and freshly brewed espresso using an espresso machine.
  3. Boil water to the desired temperature, typically between 195°F to 205°F (90°C to 96°C).
  4. Fill a cup with about 2/3 to 3/4 full of hot water.
  5. Pour the freshly brewed espresso shot over the hot water in the cup.
  6. The hot water dilutes the espresso, creating a Long Black with a smooth and balanced coffee flavor.
  7. Serve the Long Black immediately to enjoy the bold taste of espresso with the comfort of a longer and milder coffee drink.

The Long Black is a popular choice for those who desire a stronger coffee without the bitterness often associated with black coffee. It's an excellent option for an energizing start to the day or a satisfying pick-me-up at any time.