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Black Coffee, a.k.a. Espresso

Rose Petralia
Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 8 mins
Servings 3


  • Café Bustelo or Medaglia d'Oro espresso ground coffee
  • cold water
  • lemon peel
  • sugar


  • Fill the base half of a traditional aluminum or steel stovetop espresso pot with cold water to just below the screw band.
  • Fit the funnel basket onto the base and fill with espresso, packing it lightly with the back of a spoon.
  • Screw on the top half of the pot, place on the stovetop, and turn the heat to medium.
  • When the water in the bottom half of the pot comes to a boil, steam may escape from the release valve in the base of the pot. Turn the heat to medium-low so that the steam escapes, but not too forcefully. The boiling water will rise through the coffee into the top part of the pot, and steam will decrease when the coffee's ready - about five minutes or less.
  • Serve tiny cups with lemon peel and sugar.
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