What Is a Long Black Coffee?

Amanda Klein

Coffee is a drink that is enjoyed by people all over the world. There are different variations of coffee, and each country has its own way of making it. One popular variation of coffee is the long black coffee. This is a type of coffee that is made with espresso and hot water. It is typically served in a tall glass or cup.

Long black Coffee

What is a long black coffee?

Long black coffee is a type of espresso that originated in Australia. It is made by pulling a shot of espresso over hot water, resulting in a dark, concentrated drink. The long black coffee is said to have originated in the early 2000s, when Australian baristas were looking for ways to make espresso-based drinks more accessible to local coffee drinkers.

By pulling a shot of espresso over hot water, they created a drink that was more like an American-style drip coffee. Long black coffee quickly became popular among Australians who were looking for a stronger, more robust coffee option. Today, it is enjoyed all over the world, and its popularity shows no signs of slowing down.

How to make A Long Black Coffee?

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To make a long black coffee, you will need:

  • 2 shots of espresso
  • About 120-150 ml of hot water (at 200 degrees F)
  • A tall glass or cup


1. Pour hot water into the cup/glass till it is about 3/4 filled.

2. Extract 2 shots of espresso and pour them into the cup, filling up the remaining of the cup.

3. Enjoy your coffee.

What does a long black coffee taste like?

Long black coffee has a strong, robust flavor. The espresso shots provide a base of bitterness, while the hot water brings out the coffee’s natural sweetness. It is typically served without milk or sugar, so it can be quite intense. However, many people enjoy its bold flavor.

What is the difference between Long black and Americano?

The key distinction between a long black and an Americano is how the hot water is combined with the espresso.  In an Americano, hot water is added to the espresso after it has been brewed. In a Long black, espresso is added to the hot water instead. This creates more crema than Americano. And usually long black is smaller in quantity compared to Long black.


Now that you know what is a long black coffee, we hope you can start making it at home to try it out. It can be made at home with a few simple ingredients. Once you have the perfect recipe, share it with your friends and family.

Amanda Klein

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