THE LOWDOWN ON LUNGOS
LIFE IS MORE THAN ESPRESSO AND RISTRETTO, BECAUSE THERE IS A THIRD TYPE OF NESPRESSO... THE LUNGO!
WHAT IS A LUNGO?
Lungo is a long coffee popular in many countries. Nespresso has four different Lungo Grands Crus on offer. They use the same high-pressure extraction technology as Espressos, but are designed to take up more room in your cup, providing a longer coffee that can be very mild, with a full body and high level of intensity, and offering a lovely silky crema as good as any quality Espresso.
DOES A LUNGO CONTAIN MORE CAFFEINE THAN AN ESPRESSO?
No. There is no more caffeine in a Nespresso Lungo than in an Espresso. The quantity of caffeine varies between 50 and 90 mg per cup. It is determined by two factors which depend on the Grand Cru – the proportion of Robusta used in the blend (Robusta contains a higher concentration of caffeine than Arabica) and the amount of coffee in each capsule.
ARE LUNGO COFFEES LESS INTENSE THAN ESPRESSOS?
The intensity of each Grand Cru varies according to the degree of roasting, the grinding process, the proportion of Arabica and Robusta and the amount of coffee in each capsule. The intensity of Lungo Grands Crus varies from 2 to 7, covering a large range of strengths. Fortissio Lungo has an intensity rating of 7 and is a strong blend with a hint of Robusta, a full body and bitter notes. Vivalto Lungo brings together roasted and flowery flavours in a balanced level 4 intensity blend. Linizio Lungo (see below) has the same level of intensity, but is even milder and rounder thanks to its notes of malted cereal. At level 2 intensity, Decaffeinato Lungo is the lightest of the family and boasts fruity and roasted-cereal notes.
ARE NESPRESSO'S CREATIONS DIFFERENT FOR ESPRESSOS AND LUNGOS?
Nespresso Grands Crus are produced using an exclusive selection of the best coffee cherries in the world. Exceptional blends and original coffees are specifically chosen in order to satisfy all tastes, regardless of the size of the cup. Only 1 to 2% of coffee produced worldwide meets Nespresso taste requirements and our high standards of quality and sustainability. The difference between Espressos and Lungos comes mainly from roasting and grinding procedures and the dose of coffee per capsule, which are all optimised to ensure the best possible extraction and quality for your cup of coffee. The blends used for Lungo Grands Crus have been specially developed to bring out the best taste with a 110 ml extraction.
CAN YOU MAKE A LUNGO USING ANY GRAND CRU?
No. Lungos have been specially made for optimal extraction into a large cup. This is not the case for Espressos which are designed for extraction into a small cup, and would produce unpleasant notes with a 110 ml extraction.
LINIZIO THE NEWEST LUNGO
BREAKFAST NOW HAS A GRAND CRU! LINIZIO BRINGS A TOUCH OF MILDNESS TO THE LUNGO FAMILY. ITS MALTED-CEREAL FLAVOURS ARE PERFECT FOR EARLY MORNINGS AND CAN BE ENJOYED IN THE VIBRANT PIXIE CUP WHICH MATCHES ITS RADIANT CAPSULE.
The new Nespresso Grand Cru shines like a rising sun on a grey morning. It is warm and vibrant with orange tones that glisten as brightly as its name – Linizio Lungo, taken from the Italian "inizio" meaning the start or the beginning. This level 4 intensity Lungo gives you time to wake up at your own pace, prolonging the enjoyment of starting the day. That’s the magic of a large cup. Linizio Lungo is made using pure Arabica from South America, bringing together two exceptional varieties of coffee that are roasted separately in a specific way to give you an even more sublime taste experience. The Brazilian Arabica blend is long-roasted to produce a dark bean with subtle caramel tones. And the Arabica from Cundinamarca – a coffee region in Columbia new to Nespresso – is processed to create a lighter-coloured bean, releasing mild notes of sugar cane. These two varieties are ground very finely, together creating a well-rounded, balanced and silky aroma, with malted-cereal notes. Linizio Lungo is both sophisticated and harmonious, and was specially designed for early mornings by our Nespresso Experts. You will love it sweetened with a hint of milk whose smoothness accentuates the gourmet flavours of the Grand Cru, whilst maintaining its roasted character that gracefully brings your morning coffee to life.
A NEW CUP FOR A NEW GRAND CRU!
The famous PIXIE collection is getting a new vibrant cup designed by the 5.5 Designers collective to match the radiant colour of the Linizio Lungo capsule. Like previous designs, this cup can contain approximately 160 ml and is specially designed for Lungos. Its stainless steel double wall provides perfect thermal insulation and its rounded form ensures a perfect crema and the full release of the coffee’s aromas. Give it a try on your own or with friends!
> Linizio Lungo PIXIE cups are sold as a set of 2 cups with stirrers. For more information visit www.nespresso.com/linizio
Text Nadia Hamam - Photography Jean-Claude Amiel