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    Hey all, im new here and though i love coffee, i still have a lot to learn! i usually drink long blacks though im starting to appreciate short blacks. i was just wondering, though, if there was a standard amount of hot water in a long black? i find most cafes give long blacks that fill a whole cup though some higher esteemed coffee houses tend to put less water (this is my preference)
    thanks :)

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    Re: amount of water in a long black

    I just ask for a long black 2 shots and a bit over half full..Most of them get it..Cheers

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    Re: amount of water in a long black

    Welcome along :)

    Commercially and for myself about 4 oz of hot water first followed by a double shot on top.

    If you like a long black for a drink dont forget about brewed coffees (have a read of the manual brewing section) Syphons, Pourovers, Plungers all make great long blacks when done right with good beans.

    Have fun playing.

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    Re: amount of water in a long black

    I do about 3.5 oz.

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    Re: amount of water in a long black

    Quote Originally Posted by 5C5B5F505852475750593E0 link=1299482226/2#2 date=1299485334
    about 4 oz
    Quote Originally Posted by 694B4D56515B4D3E0 link=1299482226/3#3 date=1299559185
    I do about 3.5 oz.
    UK or US guys? (I add about 1.8 uk oz of espresso) ;D


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    Re: amount of water in a long black

    Quote Originally Posted by 022328282F35460 link=1299482226/4#4 date=1299560069
    UK or US guys?
    Not sure never measured it exactly ::) Twice as much as a 1/4 of a full 8 oz cup will hold is what i aim for ;)

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    Re: amount of water in a long black

    For my guests, I do a single shot in a 220mL cup - same as I do for a cappucino. I dont really drink long blacks - and that would be way too weak for me, but they seem to all approve of it.

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    Re: amount of water in a long black

    120mls of water left off the boil for 30 to 60sec then a double ristretto on top!

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    Re: amount of water in a long black

    My favourite local cafe does it just right without having to be hounded.
    Single shot over about half a (220ml) cup of water with a small SS jug of hot water on the side for you to adjust the strength.
    Makes it so easy after constantly explaining that you dont want it drowned. (Just like my scotch & soda really)

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    Re: amount of water in a long black

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    Often within the espresso bar environment it is served in a 6oz cup. Generally the cup is filled approx 3/4 full, and a double ristretto or double espresso is extracted onto the hot water.

    It is difficult to say exactly how much water to use in the cup, as a double espresso is not an exactly measured shot, going by the visual indicator of blonding as being the point at which you stop the extraction.

    As the blonding point varies constantly, often due to the age etc of the beans, an exact measure is difficult. Understanding the volume your can extract with the beans you have before it blonds helps, as you can then adjust your water levels. I generally allow at least 1 cm below the rim of the cup for the finished drink. This helps floor staff to deliver the Long Black without risk of spilling.

    A tip also is to leave the hot water to cool for a minute or so before extracting on to it. This will aid crema retention. If the water is too hot when extracted onto, the crema disapates very quickly. If you loose crema, you loose flavour.

    Hope this helps.




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