How To Make Black Coffee

Black coffee is the simplest way to experience coffee. It’s arguably the best way to experience the full complexity and flavours of the coffee beans. You’re probably aware that there are different styles of black coffee such as a long black, short black, espresso, but what you may not realise is that there are a range of ways to prepare black coffee, all resulting in different flavours and experiences. This article will explore the different ways of preparing your black coffee, and will give you an idea of what method may be best for you.


Espresso machine

If your usual coffee order is along the lines of a long black or an espresso, these drinks are prepared in your coffee shop by using an espresso coffee machine. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you can’t make it yourself at home! There are a wide range of coffee machines on the market, ranging from automatic to lever or commercial machines. Depending on your budget and space available at home, you’ll be able to find the right coffee machine for you. An espresso machine requires a fine coffee grind and will produce the perfect shot of coffee for you to recreate your favourite black coffee at home.


Another option for creating a delicious espresso shot is a Moka pot. This is a great budget-friendly option that is much smaller than a coffee machine - perfect for those living with a small kitchen! To use a Moka pot, you add your ground coffee to the top chamber, and water to the bottom. The water then boils up into the coffee grounds, creating a strong flavoured espresso shot. A Moka pot requires a medium ground coffee bean, and we can take care of that when you shop from Solid Ground Roasters.



An Aeropress is another great option for the budget / space-conscious among us. Not only is the equipment affordable and easy to store, the brewing method is quick, it’s easy to clean and durable. If you find yourself rushing out the door in the morning, an Aeropress is perfect for you. It creates a smooth, rich and delicious cup of coffee.

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If you prefer a lighter, more refreshing tasting coffee, filter coffee could be the choice for you. There are a range of options available, it’s easy to prepare and it’s perfect for black coffee drinkers. You can choose from a simple pour-over drip coffee maker, or opt for a drip coffee machine. A drip coffee machine is a great option if you drink multiple cups of coffee throughout the day.


A popular item among households is a coffee plunger, otherwise known as a french press. This is another affordable, easy to use option that produces great tasting coffee. It’s important to get the grind right when using a plunger, so make sure you select this option when you purchase if you don’t have a reliable grinder at home.

Cold brew

If you fancy a cold version of a black coffee, cold brew is the option for you. An increasingly popular choice in many cafes, cold brew is also easy to make at home if you have the right equipment. Cold brew coffee is a batch brewing method which takes 12-18 hours to prepare. This creates a delicious, light, refreshing coffee that is perfect for the warmer days.

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The key to great tasting coffee isn’t necessarily the equipment you use, but the grind. Ensure your coffee is ground correctly for your machine by purchasing coffee beans from Solid Ground Roasters that are pre-ground.

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