Yes, the Epson default color scheme/formula/plan (whatever its called) needs a touch of blue in its BLACK.
A different color scheme will often combine (different amounts) of colors. No two schemes are the same.
I especially like the H-P printer setup asking "what color grey"... I didn't know grey was a color. What is it called - light black ?
When you print something, check the defaults where you chose B&W, for the scheme Epson "VIVID" (I think thats the name) and change it to something else. My WorkForce is set to use "RGB-color" and prints with the blue-black. My H-P Laser is "sRGB" something different than regular RGB??? The H-P black is much finer resolution, but not as dark as Epson's blue-black.
I also notice the Epson leafy green (blue+yellow), different than H-P grass-green (blue+yellow+black).
Considering all of todays printer choices; I'm afraid plain-old-B&W is no longer vogue.
I have an old LaserJetIII that blasts Black on white paper. Thats it.