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What Does Nespresso Lungo or Gran Lungo Mean?

Depending on whether you have a Nespresso Original or Vertuoline, you’ll see a range of pod sizes you can choose from. Most of us are familiar with espresso and coffee pods, but what do lungo or gran lungo pods mean in the world of Nespresso? In Italian, “lungo” means “long”. When you brew a lungo or gran lungo pod, it will use more water and be extracted for a longer amount of time. But just how big are lungo or gran lungo coffees and how are you supposed to use these types of pods? I have answers to all of these questions and more! Keep reading to learn everything you need to know.

Before continuing, it is important to note that Nespresso Vertuo and Original machines use different types of capsules. They are not interchangeable. See the image below to determine which machine type you have.

Nespresso original pod shape vs vertuo pod shape

What Is Nespresso Lungo? (Original line machines)

A Nespresso lungo pod for Original line machines is a 3.7 oz espresso drink. It is brewed with more water than a regular espresso shot. As a result, it will have more volume and more caffeine. That means you can enjoy a lungo longer than a regular espresso. The taste will be less intense, though also more bitter.

What Is Nespresso Gran Lungo? (Vertuo line machines)

gran lungo nespresso vertuo pod
gran lungo pod

A Nespresso Vertuo Gran Lungo pod makes a 5 oz espresso drink. It is brewed with much more water than a single or double espresso pod. As a result, it will have more volume and more caffeine. That means you can enjoy a gran lungo longer. The taste will be less intense than a regular espresso, though also more bitter. This is a good option if you want something to sip on that will last you for a while.

How Big Are Nespresso Lungo and Gran Lungo Coffees In Ounces / ml?

Choosing a lungo or gran lungo Nespresso pod is great when you want something in between the size of a single/double espresso and an 8 oz coffee. A lungo capsule will make a 3.7 oz / 109 ml drink. That is double the size of an espresso pod. A gran lungo pod for the Vertuoline will make a 5.07 oz / 150 ml beverage. That is quite a bit larger than a 1.35 oz single espresso pod or a 2.7 oz double espresso pod.

Pod SizeOuncesML
Lungo (Original)3.7109
Gran Lungo (Vertuo)5.07150

How Much Caffeine Is In Lungo and Gran Lungo Pods?

The caffeine content of gran lungo Vertuo pods will be greater than lungo original Nespresso pods since the gran lungo pods are bigger in size.

Original Lungo Pods

Lungo pods for Original Nespresso coffee makers will contain 77 to 85 mg of caffeine. They will range from light to medium to dark intensity.

Original PodSizeCaffeine ContentIntensityFlavor Profile
TokyoLungo77 – 85 mg6 (Medium)Flowery & Complex
Vienna LinizioLungo77 – 85 mg6 (Medium)Round & Smooth
Cape Town EnvivoLungo77 – 85 mg10 (Dark)Intense & Roasted
StockholmLungo77 – 85 mg8 (Medium)Rich & Full-bodied
ShanghaiLungo77 – 85 mg5 (Light)Fruity & Fine Acidity
Buenos AiresLungo77 – 85 mg4 (Light)Sweet & Cereal

Vertuo Gran Lungo Pods

Vertuo PodSizeCaffeine ContentIntensityFlavor Profile
Fortado DecaffeinatoGran LungoLess than 12 mg8 (Dark)Intense & Full-Bodied
ArondioGran Lungo120 – 200 mg6 (Medium)Cereal & Lightly Acidic
FortadoGran Lungo120 – 200 mg8 (Medium)Cocoa & Oak
Costa RicaGran Lungo120 – 200 mg7 (Medium)Malty & Sweet
EthiopiaGran Lungo120 – 200 mg4 (Light)Fruity & Floral
InizioGran Lungo120 – 200 mg4 (Medium)Floral & Cereal

How Do You Use Lungo or Gran Lungo Pods?

To make a lungo with your Original Pixie, Essenza Mini, Inissia or CitiZ machine, just press the larger cup button. If you have a Vertuoline model, the coffee maker will auto detect the barcode on the gran lungo pod and brew it accordingly.

When it comes to how to prepare a drink using a lungo or gran lungo pod, there is no one right answer. The best way to use these pods is whatever tastes good to you! Some people will drink lungos black, while others will add a splash of milk or creamer. You can drink them hot or iced too.

If you are making a latte or a cappuccino, I would not recommend using a lungo or gran lungo pod as the espresso will be too diluted. Also, while lungo and gran lungo Nespresso pods may be americano inspired, they don’t make a true americano. That’s because the ratio of espresso to water won’t be quite right. If you want a Nespresso americano, you are best off using espresso pods.

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