Gran Lungo: Overview

Gran Lungo

Espresso is a well-known drink for coffee lovers. But do you know what a Gran Lungo is?

A Gran Lungo is much larger than a lungo which is larger than a shot of espresso. Gran Lungo is the perfect size if you would like to enjoy your cup of coffee for a longer time.

After reading this article, you will know much more about Gran Lungo. So let’s get into it!

What is a Gran Lungo?

Lungo means “long” in Italian and a Lungo is a 3-oz sized coffee. Guess what!? A Gran Lungo is even longer and bigger than a Lungo. Think of a long grande coffee drink. A Gran Lungo is a 5.07-oz (150 ml) sized coffee drink that Nespresso invented.

Lungo coffee drinks use more hot water as a standard espresso shot, and the extraction time is more than double that of the espressos.

Because the time it takes to make the Gran Lungo is longer, different flavors will get added to your coffee cup and more caffeine too.

Don’t let the slightly more watered down and weaker coffee flavor trick you though. A Gran Lungo coffee will pack between 150 and 200mg of caffeine in one serving. The coffee beans will be in contact with the hot water longer, so plenty of time to get all that caffeine extracted.

So who is the Gran Lungo for? We recommend the Gran Lungo if you are looking for a larger, milder coffee drink that you can enjoy much longer. If you are a fan of Americanos and Long Blacks, you will love the Gran Lungo.

It’s no surprise that Gran Lungos will appeal mainly to the North American market because larger coffees are usually preferred and “noticeably fewer people drink Italian styled espressos for their regular caffeine rush.”

Nespresso Vertuo Sizes

Gran Lungo is Nespresso’s answer to Lungo coffee drinks. Nespresso Vertuo machines can make you a barista-style coffee at a touch, whether Gran Lungo, a single espresso, or a large mug of coffee; you are covered.

A Vertuo machine brews with great precision and allows you to enjoy your favorite coffee style with ease. The system adjusts the brewing parameters, water flow, extracts the maximum flavor, and gives you a rich, generous crema on top.

The VertuoLine offers five different cup sizes:

  • 1.35-oz espresso
  • 2.7-oz double espresso
  • 5.07-oz Gran Lungo
  • 8-oz mug of coffee
  • 14-oz alto XL

The 5.07-oz Gran Lungo strikes the perfect balance between a small espresso drink and an XL-sized coffee. The result is a coffee that most Americans can enjoy.

What’s the Difference Between Espresso and Gran Lungo?

A standard single shot of espresso is one ounce or 30 ml. In comparison, a Gran Lungo coffee is 5.07-oz or 150 ml. This makes the Gran Lungo five times larger than an espresso shot.

Please note that Nespresso Vertuo machine espresso cup sizes are 35% bigger than the standard-sized espressos brewed by a good old espresso machine. This is Nespresso’s interpretation of espresso sizes which is different from the size you get in traditional coffee shops.

What’s the Difference Between Gran Lungo vs Double Espresso?

A standard double espresso is 2-oz or 60 ml, and a Gran Lungo is 5.07 oz or 150 ml. Thus the Gran Lungo is 2.5 times larger compared to a double espresso.

Please note as mentioned above: Nespresso Vertuo machine espresso cup sizes are 35% bigger than standard espresso sizes made by traditional espresso machines.

Gran Lungo: Final Thoughts

The Gran Lungo coffee is the perfect size if you are after a long drink. It offers the intensity of espresso in a much larger beverage.

Enjoy your Gran Lungo!


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