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How to make quick and easy Lungo or Espresso with Nespresso Machine

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How do you like your coffee? Short and strong, milky and sweet, or perhaps somewhere in the middle? No matter what your preference, you can make your coffee exactly how you like it when using the Nespresso machine. For example there are two different pour settings on the Nespresso - ‘espresso’ and ‘lungo’. Both setting make a very different cup of coffee. Understanding the difference between the two, and how you can use them to create different types of drink such as a latte; iced coffee, or machiato, is key to getting the most out of your Nespresso machine.

Making a quick and easy Espresso with Nespresso Machine

An espresso is a short shot of black coffee, without milk. To make an espresso on the Nespresso Citiz machine, simply insert your chosen capsule and select the ‘espresso’ setting. An espresso takes between 18 and 30 seconds to pour, and equals about 24 milliliters in volume.

In Italy, espresso is the way to drink coffee. The idea of drinking a coffee filled with milk after lunch is not appealing at all to Italians. You may spot them having a cappuccino with their breakfast. If you ask for a latte in Italy you will be served a tall glass of milk, it’s best to stick with cappuccino or americano, if an espresso is not for you.

A popular variation of the espresso is the machiato. In Italian, machiato means stain, a machiato is an espresso with a dash, or stain, of milk in the top.

The espresso forms the base for the latte and cappuccino. After you select a crus that is especially intended for a latte, pour your espresso. Simple add the milk from the frother and you’re done. A chocolate shaker is an excellent investment if you like cappuccino, or expect guests who do.

It’s important to use smaller cups if you drink espresso often. Pouring into a larger cup will effect the crema, your espresso will also go colder quickly in an over-sized cup.

Nespresso capsule recommendations for making Espresso with Nespresso Machines:

  • Napoli Limited Edition
  • Cosi
  • Volluto
  • Capriccio
  • Livanto
  • Roma
  • Arpeggio
  • Ristretto
  • Indriya from India
  • Rosabaya de Colombia
  • Dulsão do Brasil
  • Decaffeinato Intenso
  • Decaffeinato

Making a quick and easy Lungo with Nespresso Machine

To make a lungo, preheat your cup, making sure it can hold enough volume. A regular sized coffee cup should do the trick. Select your crus and pour.

Lungo is the Italian word for long, a coffee made lungo style is a stretched or long espresso. 2-3 times more water are added. A lungo takes between 50 and seconds to pour and in volume is about 60 milliliters. A lungo is what we might call a long black, or a long shot of coffee without milk. The difference is that a long black is usually a shot of espresso with hot water added, while a lungo involves using more water to begin with.

There is exactly the same amount of caffeine in a lungo as there is an espresso, it’s just that the extraction is timed differently and more water is added. A lungo does not have as strong a flavor as the espresso. You can also use the lungo setting to make a long machiato, which is a long black, or lungo, with a dash of milk.

Nespresso capsule recommendations for making Lungo with Nespresso Machines:

  • Fortissio Lungo
  • Vivalto Lungo
  • Finezzo Lungo
  • Linizio Lungo
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