Americano VS Lungo

Not so long ago people here started to go to Italy where they drank that good espresso under the sun with the hot Italian boy or girl next to them and we got hooked, not on the boy or the girl, but on the ‘coffee feeling’. We wanted to take that feeling back home, to experience the same in our living room. What we did was we transformed the traditional filter coffee into ‘caffe lungo’. We wanted to have the same look as a small espresso (with the crema on top) but bigger. People started to buy expensive gear to make a wrong coffee. Yes you heard me a ‘wrong coffee’. Why do I call this a wrong coffee? Not because I don’t like it (that is also true), but because of the extraction.


The strongest Lungo that you’ll find in the Nespresso capsule lineup is the Fortissio Lungo. Going down from this is the Vivalto Lungo capsule, which has an intensity rating of four. Finally, the Linizio Lungo capsule is even milder and has a whiff of malted cereal about it – a mild but very distinct taste. Definition of lungo in the dictionary. Meaning of lungo. What does lungo mean? Information and translations of lungo in the most comprehensive dictionary definitions resource on. Vivalto Lungo is a balanced coffee made from a complex blend of separately roasted South American and East African Arabicas, combining roasted and subtle floral notes. Find Lungo L'arno for women at up to 90% off retail price! Discover over 25000 brands of hugely discounted clothes, handbags, shoes and accessories at thredUP.


What is extraction? Extraction in chemistry is a separation process consisting in the separation of a substance from a matrix. It may refer to Liquid-liquid extraction, and Solid phase extraction. What happens when we make a caffè lungo, we extract to much out of the coffee substance. Proper brewing of coffee requires using the quantity of coffee, ground precisely, extracted to the correct degree, controlled by the correct time and correct temperature. So extraction also known as “solubles yield” – what percentage (by weight) of the grounds are dissolved in the water.

A normal espresso takes from 25 up to 30 seconds to pull, and fills 25 to 30 milliliters, while a lungo may take up to a minute to pull, and might fill 150 milliliters.

A caffè lungo should not be mistaken for a caffè americano, which is an espresso with hot water added to it, or a long black, which is hot water with espresso added to it (inverse order to Americano). In the lungo, all the water is brewed, and the lungo is generally shorter than an Americano or a long black.

Most commonly, an Americano is used when one wishes a brew-coffee sized drink from an espresso bar.

Americanos are also used within espresso preparation for single origin coffees. Where many find that undiluted espresso shots can prove overpowering. This is particularly used for lighter roasts not generally associated with espresso, such as beans of Ethiopia.

The crema on top of an americano is practically gone. You could call it a negative thing, but I believe that the taste is more important than the look of it.


A lungo is less strong, but more bitter, because the additional hot water passing through the ground coffee extracts components that would normally remain undissolved. The more water is passed through the coffee grounds, the more bitter and watery the shot tastes.


When you make a coffee in general first thing that comes out of the machine is sourness followed by sweetness and at the end you get the bitterness. You need these three compounds to get a balanced cup of coffee. The only thing the barista needs to find is good recipe for every coffee. When the coffee runs to long, you add a lot of bitterness to the coffee and that is the crema. Have you ever tasted the crema on its own? Well next time you drink a coffee, take your spoon and scoop of the crema. What you will taste is pure bitterness. That is why an espresso should always be stirred first. To mix the three compounds in your beverage to get a balanced cup of coffee.

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That is why we at OR coffee use americano instead of lungo.

If you have more questions on this subject, you can always ask a barista.

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Nespresso’s lungo-size coffee is factory set at 3.75 ounces, or 110.90 ml.

Lungo Espresso

But it gets confusing, because Nespresso also publishes the following “tasting suggestions”:
Espresso Cup (2 oz/60 ml) and Lungo Cup (5 oz/140 ml) — even though 140 ml = 4.73 ounces.

From discussions on the topic and my personal observation, I think the lungo sweet spot is between 5 and 6 ounces. As an indicator, the classic Nespresso glass lungo cup is 150ml, which is 5.07 ounces — so that seems to validate Nespresso’s suggestion that you make your lungo about 5 ounces.

As you may know, you can adjust your Nespresso machine to re-calibrate the amount of water that goes into your lungo. That’s why we have several different capacity options in the mugs featured on this site. Most of the mugs we feature on are 7 ounces or 8 ounces, but you can use the “Capacity” drop-down menu above to find cups that fit your preferred lungo capacity size.

If you have a Essenza, you’ll want a cup that’s maximum 3 1/4″ tall to fit on the shelf while the coffee is dispensing. Pixie’s allow you to fold the shelf down, so you can use taller mugs as you dispense. There’s more detail about lungo cup specs on this page.

Lungo Vs Americano

Lungo coffee

Lungo Nutritional Information: Calories: 1, Fat: 0g, Carbs: 0g, Protein: 0g

Please feel free to post your preferred lungo size — let the rest of us know your preference, and maybe we can among us figure out the best lungo size!

Lungo Vs Espresso

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Making a latte? You’ll like Nespresso’s version, as it’s nice and strong:

  • 1 Vivalto lungo capsule, brewed to Nespresso factory lungo specs: 110 ml or 3.7 oz
  • 110 ml milk or 3.7 oz, frothed
  • Pour milk on top of lungo; total = 220 ml or 7.4 oz

(Personally, I like to pour the lungo into the milk and watch the milk rise out of my smaller lungo cups! )