What Is Black Eye Coffee? Answered

Black eye coffee, also known as a double shot in the dark, is a cup of coffee mixed with two espresso shots. Learn more about what is black eye coffee?

Black eye coffee is a popular coffee drink amongst students – especially those pulling an all-nighter. It is a unique blend of coffee and espresso (either iced or hot), with a strong flavor and more caffeine. 

Some people say that black eye coffee got its name from how it looks once the espresso shots are added. However, we believe that the term “black eye” came from the fact that drinking this coffee drink feels like a punch to the face – it will surely wake you up, and you already know why!

So, if you are sensitive to caffeine, it is recommended that you avoid drinks with high caffeine content. Keep reading to learn more about what black eye coffee is.

What Does Black Eye Coffee Taste and Look Like?

The black eye coffee combines brewed coffee and espresso – with the correct ratio (eight ounces of brewed coffee to two ounces of espresso). Add-ons such as milk, cream, or sugar, depending on your preference. 

Black eye coffee got its name after its appearance – the crema forms an “eye” at the top when the two espresso shots are added into the brewed coffee. Take note that the crema will be very thin if you pour the coffee over the espresso, so make sure not to invert the process if you want the crema to be visible. 

The black eye coffee is known for its high caffeine content, not because of its flavor. It tastes very strong and bitter – the flavor is highly influenced by the beans you use and the type of brewed coffee. Add-ons such as milk, cream, or sugar can also affect the taste of your coffee.

Black Eye Coffee Nutritional Information

With no add-ons, black eye coffee amounts to nearly 0 calories. However, some people may not like the strong taste of this coffee and add milk, cream, or sugar to tone it down. The calorie content will vary depending on the add-ons used. 

How To Make Black Eye Coffee

What is black eye coffee?
Pull two shots of espresso

A cup of black eye coffee is exactly what you need when you’re sleepy but still have a lot of things to do – just make sure you can handle all the caffeine! Here is how you make this coffee for yourself if you dare:


  • Coffee maker
  • Espresso machine
  • Coffee mug
  • Spoon


  • ½ oz. medium-ground coffee beans
  • 1 oz. finely-ground coffee beans
  • 10 oz. water
  • Milk and sugar (optional)

Step 1: Brew The Coffee

Using your coffee maker, brew eight ounces of coffee. Use the medium-ground coffee beans and eight ounces of water. 

Step 2: Brew The Espresso

Pull two shots of espresso. Use your espresso machine (or stovetop espresso maker) with one ounce of finely-ground coffee beans and two ounces of water.

Step 3: Combine The Drinks

Lastly, combine the coffee and espresso. You can also add milk (half-and-half) or sugar to smooth out the flavor if you'd prefer.

You might also want to try red-eye coffee.

FAQs About Black Eye Coffee

Can You Use A Different Brewing Method?

Using any brewing method is fine – French press, pour-over, drip machines, etc. However, to make the espresso, you will need an espresso machine. You might find out guide on how to use an espresso machine helpful.

You can’t make black eye coffee without espresso, or it would just be a regular cup of coffee! If you don’t own an espresso machine, you can consider using a Moka pot on a gas stove. You can learn more in our guide on how to use a Moka pot on a glass stove

Can You Change The Coffee To Espresso Ratio?

The basic recipe for making black eye coffee uses an 8:2 ratio. However, if you like a stronger espresso flavor, you can reduce the amount of brewed coffee and keep the espresso the same. 

You can try six or four ounces of brewed coffee to two ounces of espresso.

What Can You Add To Black Eye Coffee?

Black eye coffees are often served black, emphasizing the strong coffee and espresso flavor. But you can also add a few things to your coffee drink, such as milk, creamer, sugar, honey, or spices (like cinnamon and nutmeg). The amount you add, of course, depends on your taste.

How Much Caffeine Is In Black Eye Coffee?

Black eye coffee is undoubtedly one of the strongest coffee drinks – but how much caffeine is in it?

A typical eight-ounce cup of brewed coffee has about 95 mg of caffeine, while two ounces of espresso has 128 mg. Mix them, and your black eye coffee will contain about 223 mg of caffeine – more than 50% of the recommended daily caffeine intake, which is 400 mg.