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A long black
is a style of coffee
, most commonly found in New Zealand
. It is now becoming available in the UK, predominantly in London.
A long black is made by pouring a double-shot of espresso
over hot water
(usually the water is also heated by the espresso machine). 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.
The order in which a long black is made (water first, espresso second) is important -- reversing the steps will destroy the crema from the espresso shot and make an Americano