Black Coffee â˜• Americano vs Long Black
A single serving of espresso with hot water added to fill a 6-ounce cup. Note that simply running 6 ounces of hot water through a single dose of ground coffee will not produce an Americano, but will produce 6 ounces of thin, bitter, over-extracted espresso. The Americano allows a regular 1 1/4-ounce serving of espresso to preserve its integrity and perfume while stretching it to 5 or 6 ounces by adding the hot water.
A long black is made by pouring an espresso or ristretto over hot water. A long black is similar to an Americano, which is made by adding hot water to the espresso shot; but a long black retains the crema and is less voluminous, therefore more strongly flavoured.
Water first, espresso second is the important order to brew long black â€”reversing the steps will destroy the crema from the espresso shot and make an Americano.
How to make black coffee at Home?
- Have a latte mug, or coffee mug ready.
Optional: pre-heat the mug by adding water, then boiling it in the microwave.
- Pull a 3oz (or more if you like your drink stronger) espresso shot into a separate glass.
- Pour about 3oz or so of hot water into the mug you plan to drink from.
- Pour the espresso shot into the mug.
- Pour about 3oz of hot water into the mug you plan to drink from.
- Pour the espresso into the water.
Enjoy your black coffee!
Like any espresso-based drink, personalization prevails. Tweak the proportions of the ingredients â€“ thereâ€™s only two of them (water and espresso) to make your favourite style.