How To Make Black Eye Coffee: 4 Easy Steps

If you need a cup of coffee that will give you a serious caffeine jolt, try the Black Eye recipe! And no, this is not a crazy bar drink; this is a very strong drink that can be made at any time in your own kitchen.

A black eye is a cup of brewed coffee that gets mixed with 2 added shots of espresso. The combination and amount of drip coffee and espresso used have resulted in a dark black color, hence the name “black eye”. This is also how it has become a strong cup of coffee. A black eye has even more caffeine compared to a red eye. So it’s like an eye-opening jolt or a punch to the face. So drink with caution!

Recipe Specifications

  • Time required: 6 minutes
  • Drink size: 8 oz. (1 serving)
  • Ratio: 1:2 (1 cup of coffee to 2 shots of espresso)


  • An espresso machine/a Moka pot (some espresso machines can make coffee as well)
  • A tall coffee mug
  • A coffeemaker


  • Fresh coffee grounds for 2 oz. of espresso
  • Medium grind, 0.5 oz. coffee powder
  • Milk and sugar (optional)
  • Fresh cold water

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

First, make coffee with the coffee machine and brew 6–8 oz. of coffee

Step 2

Pour the coffee into a tall coffee mug or glass

Step 3

Now, pull 2 shots of espresso with your espresso machine (or use a Moka pot instead)

Step 4

Pour the double shots of espresso over the coffee. Give it a stir with a spoon. Serve and have fun!

Note: You can also smooth out this recipe by adding milk and sugar.

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