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How To Make Black Coffee With Lemon


Making a cup of black coffee with lemon is a quick and easy process; all you need are the ingredients and some basic kitchen supplies. Before you start, make sure to gather the ingredients you will need: coffee beans, hot water, lemon, and a coffee grinder or coffee maker.

With all of these ingredients on hand, you will be ready to brew the perfect cup of coffee with a hint of lemon.


To make black coffee with lemon, you will need a few simple ingredients, most of which you probably already have in your kitchen. Here is what you will need:

  • 2 teaspoons of freshly ground coffee (we recommend a Medium roast for the best flavor)
  • ¼ cup of hot water
  • ½ teaspoon of sugar (or other sweeteners if preferred)
  • The juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • Milk or cream, if desired

It’s important to use freshly ground coffee rather than an instant for this recipe. Freshly ground beans offer more flavor and allow you to control the strength of your brew more accurately.


Adding lemon to black coffee is an excellent way to give your cup of joe a bright, sunny flavor. This method of flavoring also has many benefits as the natural acids in lemon juice help in digestion and provide a boost of vitamin C.

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To create a cup of black coffee with lemon, you will need:

  • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground coffee beans
  • 3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/2 of a medium-sized lemon)
  • 250 ml boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup for serving
  • Pinch of freshly grated ginger (optional)
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To finish the preparation, mix all ingredients together in the serving cup. Stir until the sugar and lemon juice dissolve, then allow the mixture to cool before drinking. If desired, you can top it with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg for extra flavor. Enjoy!


When making black coffee with lemon, it’s important to use the right type of water. Plain water will work perfectly, but if you want to give it an extra kick, use mineral water or filtered water. If you choose one of these options, make sure that all of the potential minerals or impurities have been filtered out and that the acidity is neutral (or close to it).

You may also adjust the taste by adding a small amount of ice-cold filtered water partway through the brewing process.


Prepare the Coffee

Making a black coffee with lemon requires a few steps to ensure that all of the ingredients marry together to create a delicious and refreshing cup of coffee.

  • The first step is to make the coffee itself. This can be done either by using instant coffee or ground coffee beans. If you are using ground beans, you will need to grind them and add them to a French press or filter machine to make the coffee. If you are using instant coffee, you will need to measure out the appropriate amount and add it to hot water.
  • Now that the coffee is ready, let’s move on to the next step.

Boil the water

Making coffee with lemon is an easy yet flavorful way to prepare and enjoy your coffee. Before making it, measure out the ingredients and have all your tools ready, including a coffee mug or cup, a saucepan for boiling the water, and a spoon for stirring.

Boil the water: The first step is to bring some cold tap water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Depending on the amount of espresso you need, measure out from 1 to 2 cups of cold water into the saucepan. Once it starts boiling (which may take 3-4 minutes), reduce the heat slightly so that it maintains only a gentle boil and does not overflow. Pull away from heat as soon as it reaches its boiling point so as not to burn or over-boil your brew.

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Add coffee grounds to a cup

Before you make your coffee, you’ll need to add the coffee grounds. The ratio of coffee grounds to water should depend on how strong you like your coffee and the type of grounds being used. A general rule of thumb is that 1-2 tablespoons of grounds should be used per cup of water. If you are using a cafetière, only use enough grounds to fill the needled basket, which is typically around 1 tablespoon for a single serving cafetière.

Once you’ve determined the amount of coffee grinds you will use, add them to your cup or mug. Make sure that all the grinds go into the vessel and not onto any countertops. Giving it a gentle stir with a spoon can help create an even extraction when it’s time to start pouring over hot water.

Pour boiling water into the cup with coffee grounds

To make black coffee with lemon, follow these steps:

  1. Add 5-9 grams of freshly ground coffee per 8 oz cup to a French press. If you don’t have access to fresh-ground coffee, choose a medium-roast grade.
  2. Slowly pour boiling water into the cup with the previously added coffee grounds. Be sure to pour the water in concentric circles to ensure even extraction of flavor from all parts of the coffee grounds. Keep pouring until the French press is full or almost full.
  3. Wait for around four minutes and then stir the coffee gently with a spoon or another stirring device.
  4. Afterward, slowly press down on the top plunger of the French press and be sure that it’s completely submerged before releasing it again. This will help remove any remaining grinds and provide you with a smoother cup of coffee that’s free from bitter flavors or other undesired tones.
  5. Discard any coarser grinds that might still be in your French press and then pour your freshly brewed black coffee into your mug or cup.
  6. Finally, add freshly squeezed lemon juice for an extra touch of flavor, and enjoy!
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Add Lemon

Making black coffee with lemon is a great way to bring a delicious flavor to your morning cup of joe. Adding lemon not only gives the drink a taste and scent you will love, but it also offers a range of health benefits as well!

To make black coffee with lemon, start by:

  1. Boiling 8 ounces of water in a saucepan over high heat.
  2. Once the water boils, add 2 tablespoons of freshly ground coffee beans and reduce the heat to low.
  3. Allowing the coffee to simmer for 7-9 minutes (or longer if you like stronger coffee).
  4. Removing the saucepan from the heat and pouring the brewed coffee into two tall mugs.
  5. Squeezing one wedge of fresh lemon into each mug and stirring until evenly combined.

Serve hot and enjoy your freshly made cup of black coffee with lemon! You can add sugar or honey according to your preference.

Stir and Enjoy!

Once your black coffee with lemon is prepared, it’s time to enjoy the flavor. The zesty citrus flavor of the lemon adds a pleasant aroma that really livens up the richness and depth of a cup of black coffee. Give your cooled drink a nice stir to ensure that all the flavors and aromas blend together well.

Although this blend isn’t as common as some other drinks, it’s one that can provide you with an interesting twist on classic coffee. Enjoy your black coffee with lemon over ice or straight up – whichever way you prefer! You can also experiment with adding more or less lemon according to taste. Whether you are sipping in silence at home or out on an adventure, this unique combination will provide you with an enjoyable experience.

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Samuel is a coffee lover and a writer. He's travelled extensively throughout Southeast Asia and has soaked up the sun, the culture, and of course - the coffee. He loves to write about his experiences, and he hopes to travel even more in the future.

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