You may have heard the term “lungo “ before (call it allongé if you prefer) – it’s Italian for “long” and refers to an espresso that’s stretched out by using twice as much water.
If we want to get into the specifics- a normal espresso takes about 25 seconds to pull, and fills roughly 27 milliliters, while a lungo may take up to a minute to pull, and might fill 150 milliliters. That’s a big difference in milliliters!
Acafé lungo should not be mistaken for a café Americano however, which is an espresso with the addition of hot water. The lungo is generally of much shorter size than an Americano and has its water brewed (rather that added to).
You may be thinking – more espresso – more caffeine! But sadly this isn’t the case for the lungo (we wish). The amount of caffeine is the same as in a regular espresso. However, its flavors are something to note upon. If you’ve never had a lungo before you should know that in comparison to a regular espresso it has less strong (but more bitter) of a taste because of the additional hot water that passes through it.
A lungo is meant to be drunk in a glass cup without any milk, cream or sugar. Because of its unique brewing processes many find it easier to drink than a ristretto, that’s a “short” coffee- in which the espresso has been compressed into a single strong shot.
Making a lungo is perhaps the easiest espresso based drink out there. Your machine is what does all the work. To make a lungo all you need to do is to press the “lungo “ option on your home coffee maker. It’s usually symbolized as a larger coffee cup.
Because it’s a less saturated espresso and comes in a larger size- it’s a great social drink. You can’t really catch up with a friend over a shot of ristretto, now can you? The lungo gives you more time to chat and to enjoy your coffee all at the same time.
Now if you ever go to Italy- all you need to know how to say is “Lungo Per Favore “.