"I call it a black coffee. I have always called it a black coffee. Coffee without milk is a black coffee and has been for generations. Your generation have been brainwashed into calling it an Americano and are scared of the word 'black'."
I love a great cup or two of dark black coffee in the morning especially while watching the sun rise where ever I may be. One of the best coffees I've had was in Costa Rica in the back room of some roadside curio shop, small batch, hand ground local peabean coffee beans done in a french press, it was absolutely amazing. There is also an outfit here in northern Alberta that makes a great smoke roasted coffee that is pretty good.
There is a difference in "black coffee" and "Americano". Usually when people order black coffee it is not espresso (fine ground) but coarse ground brewed or percolated coffee. An Americano is espresso shots with hot water added. This is a european adaptation to be similar to black coffee in America. If the coffee is from a barista then it is not really "black coffee."
Starbucks and other european style coffee establishments don't really serve "black coffee." So, order your black coffee but not at Starbucks. And they do not taste the same. I hate Americanos, taste like arse coffee to me.
Here in Texas, a lot of folks still make cowboy coffee. An enameled pot is used that is never ever washed. It gradually develops a thick coat of coffee residue. The grounds are dumped directly into the water and everything brought to a roaring boil before being allowed to settle. The last couple of cups need to be filtered between the teeth.
Exactly!I have an 8-cup enamel pot, and just ordered this week a 20-cup pot.
You can use any coffee you like, but start with 1/4 cup of ground coffee per quart of water. get a rolling boil going for 4 minutes, then turn the heat down, use a little bit of cold water in the spout and around the edges to settle the grounds.