what is gran lungo Nespresso? (Everything you wanna Know!)

If you own Nespresso, you probably are familiar with Nespresso capsules/pods. Depending upon your Nespresso machine, whether original line or Vertuoline, you can pick a capsule of your choice that varies in caffeine content or Intensity level.

But what does gran lungo mean in the Nespresso world?

What is Gran Lungo?

5 oz cup of coffee contains Between 150 and 200 mg of caffeine. The Prolonged contact between the hot water and the coffee beans allows the maximum extraction of all the caffeine, that’s why it is stronger than traditional lungo.

So, Gran lungo is the perfect choice for those coffee lovers who want to enjoy their cup of coffee for a longer period of time. In this 150ml Nespresso coffee, you will get similar quality as lungo, but relatively bigger in size.

Gran Lungo vs Lungo

Lungo is a drink you can prepare in Nespresso original line machines while Gran Lungo is a specialty drink of Nespresso Vertuoline machines.

Nespresso Gran Lungo (Vertuo Machines)

Nespresso gran lungo pods make 5 ounces of drink, brewed with more water than single and double espresso pods. It has more volume and more caffeine content. The taste will be less intense than regular espresso but will be bitter.

You can easily prepare gran lungo drinks in Nespresso vertuo machines by inserting the gran lungo pod into the brewer.

Gran lungo vertuo pods have more coffee grounds than regular espresso vertuo pods.

Nespresso Lungo (Original Machines)

Nespresso Lungo pods make 3.7 ounces of espresso drink, brewed with more water than regular espresso. It has more volume and more caffeine content. The taste is less intense but will be bitter.

Lungo drinks can be prepared in Nespresso’s original line machines by inserting the lungo pod and pressing the lungo button.

Lungo pods typically have more coffee grounds than regular Espresso pods.

Difference between Espresso and Gran Lungo

A standard single espresso shot is about 1-1.25 ounces or 30-35ml. On the other hand, Gran lungo coffee is about 5.07 ounces or 150ml.

The difference between gran lungo and double espresso is gran lungo is 5.07oz or 150 ml while standard double espresso is 2 oz or 60ml.

The gran lungo Nespresso vertuo pods have more amount coffee grounds and they take longer to brew than standard espresso or double espresso shots.

Gran lungo is similar to an Americano or long black coffee drink, except it is richer and has a thick layer of crema (as in espresso).

Lungo and gran lungo Nespresso pods

Nespresso sizes

Nespresso machines brews barista-style beverages with great consistency optimized flavor extraction and produce a thick, layer of crema.

Vertuoline machine offers 5 different cup sizes.

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

Original line Machines typically have two or three sizes depending on the model

3.7 oz lungo > 1.35 oz Espresso > 0.84 oz ristretto

Remember, Nespresso vertuoline and the original line machine use different types of coffee pods/capsules that are not interchangeable. 

The caffeine content of gran lungo Nespresso vertuo pods is great than lungo original Nespresso pods because gran lungo pods are larger in size and have more coffee grounds.

Vertuo gran Lungo pods

Original Podsizecaffeine contentIntensityFlavor profile
EthiopiaGran Lungo120 – 200 mg4 (Light)Fruity & Floral
InizioGran Lungo120 – 200 mg4 (Light)Floral
ArondioGran Lungo120 – 200 mg6 (Medium)Cereal & Lightly Acidic
Costa RicaGran Lungo120 – 200 mg7 (Medium)Malty & Sweet
FortadoGran Lungo120 – 200 mg8 (Dark)Cocoa & Oak
Fortado DecaffeinatoGran Lungoless than 12mg8 (Dark)Intense & Full-Bodied

Lungo original pods

   Original Pod Sizecaffeine contentintensityflavor intensity
Buenos AiresLungo77 – 85 mg4 (Medium)Sweet & Cereal
ShanghaiLungo77 – 85 mg5 (Medium)Fruity & Fine Acidity
Tokyo VivaltoLungo77 – 85 mg6 (Medium)Flowery & Complex
Vienna LinizioLungo77 – 85 mg6 (Medium)Round & Smooth
Stockholm FortissioLungo77 – 85 mg8 (Medium)Rich & Full-bodied
Capetown EnvivoLungo77 – 85 mg10 (Medium)Intense & roasted

How to use lungo or gran lungo pods?

If you have Nespresso vertuoline model, then the machine will automatically read the barcode imprinted on gran lungo pods, and the machine will then brew accordingly. The machine will automatically take the required amount of water from the reservoir you just have to press the button

in the case of Nespresso original line models, the process will be done manually, all you need is to insert the pod and push the larger cup button.

There is no right answer when it comes to preparing various coffee drinks using lungo or gran lungo pods. What matters most is the way you feel about the taste. Some people prefer a straight lungo shot while others find it tastes bitter and add milk or creamer to make it sweeter.

For latte or cappuccino, I would not recommend you to use lungo or gran lungo pods as espresso will be too diluted.


In conclusion, The Gran Lungo is the ideal choice for those coffee lovers who want a coffee-styled espresso.

This 5 oz Nespresso drink is the perfect balance between a small espresso drink and the 8 oz coffee drink. If you are a fan of Americanos and long blacks, you will definitely love the Gran Lungo.


Is a Gran Lungo the same as an Americano?

The difference between Lungo and Americano lies in the fact that how you make it. Lungo is prepared by extracting an espresso shot with twice as much water as normal. On the other hand, you make an Americano by mixing a shot of espresso with hot water just after the espresso has been extracted.

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