Many of us are familiar with espresso – we have a shot of espresso (or two) in our coffee. This is the base of coffees such as short blacks. macchiatos, flat whites and lattes. A lungo is slightly different. It is a longer coffee. It can be extracted longer while being able to maintain its characteristics. You extract the flavour from your lungo coffee in the same way as an espresso however a lungo is designed to fill up more of your cup.

 

What is lungo coffee size?

A normal serving of espresso takes from 18 to 30 seconds to pull, and fills 25 to 60 millilitres, while a lungo may take up to a minute to pull, and might fill 130 to 170 millilitres. Extraction time of the dose is determined by the variety of coffee beans, their grind and the pressure of the machine.

There’s no accepted definition of exactly how much makes an espresso and a lungo. However, a rough ratio of what they should be like is as follows1:2 espresso and 1:4 lungo. So a lungo would brew approximately double the water of an espresso.

Does This Mean Lungos are Less Intense than an Espresso?

This is a common misconception – in short, no. The strongest espressos are more intense than the strongest lungos, but the possible range of how mild or intense a roast is ultimately comes down to the coffee the capsule is produced from.

 

Lungos have less caffeine than espresso?

As well as intensity of flavour, some people ask whether this means lungos also have less caffeine in them. There is no more or less caffeine in a lungo than an espresso, as the main differentiating factor is how much water you are passing through to produce the lungo during extraction, and how long the extraction of the coffee takes. The only differences are down to the type of beans, because Robusta beans tend to have more caffeine in them than your normal Arabica beans.

 

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