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A complete guide to double espresso

A barista made double espresso can be a real treat if you love your coffee intense and robust. But double shot espressos are no longer just for café outings. With the right equipment, recipes and importantly, the right capsule: you too can explore your inner barista and enjoy making and drinking a satisfying double espresso at home.

Double espresso

What is a double espresso?

Double espresso coffee machine

A double espresso is two espresso shots in one single-serve capsule. It has a stronger aroma and more intense taste and will satisfy a coffee craving of any size.

If you enjoy an intense and robust Italian-style espresso, the double espresso or double shot could be the drink for you.

Espresso and double espresso coffee is easily enjoyed at home with Nespresso’s range of Vertuo machines. Whether you like a more intense coffee or a milkier cup, Nespresso’s machines cater to all tastes and preferences.

What is espresso?

Espresso originated in Italy and has become one of the world’s most popular drinks. It’s made by expressing or forcing out a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. It’s known as a shot and is rich and intense in flavour. Many coffee drinkers like to enjoy it as is, for an intense, fuller taste and others use it as a basis for some of the more familiar coffees, like cappuccino, latte, macchiato or long black.

Do you need a barista to enjoy a double espresso?

No, Nespresso’s Vertuo machine takes care of that. You can enjoy a double espresso from the comfort of your home. You can even surprise your family and friends with your barista skills and selection of coffee options.

The best coffee machine for a double espresso

An espresso machine offers a true coffee experience. It’s considered an essential for serious coffee drinkers. With an espresso machine, coffees are richer and creamier and bring out the depth of flavours.

Nespresso’s Vertuo and VertuoPlus coffee machines

Whether it’s a dense and wild Double Espresso Chiaro, a light and sweet Espresso Voltesso, an intense and full-bodied Gran Lungo Fortado or a bold and lively Mug Odacio, the Nespresso Vertuo and VertuoPlus coffee machines have you covered.

Vertuo offers over 20 unique coffee blends in five cup sizes meaning you can select a size and flavour that suits you. From the 40ml espresso and 80ml double espresso right up to the 414ml Alto, this machine caters to your every coffee desire. And best of all, you’ll have a great time exploring an exciting new world of coffee.

The VertuoPlus allows you to electronically open and close the head of the machine, while with the Vertuo you unlock and open your machine head, insert your chosen capsule and lock. An additional feature of the VertuoPlus is the moveable tank. You can move it left or right or centre it, making it possible to fit where needed.

Vertuo, Nespresso’s innovative coffee machine offers exceptional coffee quality and a generous and smooth crema, it really does take coffee to the next level.

How to make your favourite coffee style with Nespresso’s Vertuo machine

Once you’ve selected your coffee capsule (don’t worry this can take a few moments) you simply drop your capsule into the machine and press the extraction button.

That’s it. The one touch technology takes care of the rest.

This is possible because each coffee capsule, including the Double Espresso Chiaro, has a unique barcode. This barcode has bespoke extraction parameters; all to tell the Vertuo the optimal flow and volume of water, temperature, infusion time and even the capsule rotation speed.

Our intelligent Vertuo system knows how to deliver the perfect cup of coffee every time.

Once you’ve enjoyed your coffee don’t forget to recycle your capsule to send the aluminium off on its second life.

Double Espresso Chiaro

Double Espresso Chiaro

Made from South and Central American Arabicas, the Double Espresso Chiaro capsule is known for its earthy tones. It is intensely and quickly roasted to give a range of woody notes with a balanced profile.

By adding hot frothed milk, your Double Espresso Chiaro can become a delicious latte or cappucino with notes of light caramel and a creamy texture. All that’s left to do is enjoy an incredible coffee experience.





Double Espresso Scuro

The Double Espresso Scuro

Made from Central American Arabicas, the Double Espresso Scuro debuted in Australia in late 2019. As it was so widely enjoyed, we brought it back in 2020 to join our permanent range.

It is a highly roasted blend. Its’ very dark, smoky character is enriched by notes reminiscent of cacao and vanilla.

Double Espresso Scuro is perfect for a milky coffee that keeps its boldness. Milk enhances the rich cocoa aroma and naturally sweetens the taste as the milk brings out soft vanilla notes.




Barista Creations Bianco Leggero

Barista Creations Bianco Leggero

Made from carefully selected Arabicas from Indonesia and Kenya, Barista Creations Bianco Leggero is a smooth blend that reveals its natural caramel and sweet biscuit notes when combined with milk.

Inspired by baristas, who value the natural sweetness of coffee and apply a light roast to protect it. Bianco Leggero is known for its beautiful balance of citrus acidity and deep juicy fruit notes.

We recommend making Bianco Leggero as a Cappuccino.



Recipes for your Double Espresso capsules

Our coffee experts have three recipes to choose from for the Double Espresso capsule range; one to wake you up, one to warm you up and a Reverso over ice for a refreshing drink.


Double Espresso Cappuccino

Double Espresso Cappuccino

  1. Using the coiled cappuccino whisk with your Aeroccino3 milk frother, fill to the lowest line and prepare hot frothed milk. If you're using the Barista Milk Frother simply select the Cappuccino option.
  2. Extract Barista Creations Bianco Leggero then turn the crema in your glass.
  3. Top the coffee with equal parts hot milk and milk foam, with a dome of froth over the top.
  4. Finish with a dusting of chocolate powder for an extra indulgent morning.

Double Espresso Latte recipe

  1. Using the latte whisk with your Aeroccino3 milk frother, fill to the highest line and prepare hot frothed milk. If you're using the Barista Milk Frother simply select the Latte Macchiato option.
  2. Extract your Double Espresso Chiaro into a Gran Lungo cup.
  3. Top the double espresso with hot milk, leaving 1cm in the cup. Fill with milk froth to the top of the glass.

Reverso Over Ice by Nespresso

  1. Add ice cubes into a glass.
  2. Add a dash of milk.
  3. Add 10ml of sugar cane syrup.
  4. Extract 80ml of Double Espresso Chiaro or Scuro coffee on top.

How do you enjoy your double espresso?

While some espresso drinkers don’t like to add milk, cream or sugar to their coffee, we understand everyone’s taste is unique. Add what makes you happy and enjoy the double espresso flavour.

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