How to Order Lungo?

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A cup of Lungo.

Ever wandered into a coffee shop and felt overwhelmed by the array of different options? Welcome to the world of lungo – a type of espresso that’s not too strong, but just right.

This blog post is your roadmap to ordering great coffee, guiding you through what lungo is, how it differs from other coffees and even how you can make it at home! Ready for your next barista-level brew? Let’s grind away!

How to Order Lungo?

To order a lungo, start by approaching the barista and specifically requesting a “lungo” shot of espresso. Being clear about your preference is essential, as not every cafe or coffee shop may be familiar with this term.

Some establishments might recognize it as a “long pull” or “long shot”. It’s also a good idea to specify the size if the café offers different volume options for espresso drinks. Additionally, if you have a preference for a particular type of bean or roast, mention that too.

Remember, communication is key to ensuring you get the exact coffee drink you’re craving.

Key Takeaways

  • Lungo is a type of coffee that has a longer extraction time compared to espresso, resulting in a larger and milder cup of coffee.
  • Lungo, ristretto, and espresso are all types of espresso-based drinks with distinct differences in flavor profiles and concentrations.
  • To make lungo at home, you will need an espresso machine with a lungo brew setting, freshly ground coffee beans, and clean water.
  • When ordering lungo at Starbucks, there are different types to choose from such as classic lungo, decaffeinated lungo, flavored lungos, iced lungos, and lungo macchiatos.

What is Lungo?

Lungo is a type of coffee that has a longer extraction time compared to espresso, resulting in a larger and milder cup of coffee.

Differences between Lungo, Ristretto and Espresso

While all three, Lungo, Ristretto, and Espresso, are types of espresso-based drinks, there are several distinct differences in how they are prepared, their flavor profiles, and their concentration of coffee.

Type of CoffeeWater QuantityExtraction TimeFlavor ProfileConcentration
LungoAbout 100ml of waterLonger brewing time due to more waterTastes more of nuts and caramel with some bitternessLess concentrated than a regular espresso shot
RistrettoHalf the amount of water compared to a regular espresso shotShorter extraction timeRich, sweet, and intense flavorMore concentrated than a regular espresso shot
EspressoStandard amount of water for an espresso shotStandard extraction timeRobust and balanced flavorStandard concentration

Understanding these differences will help you choose a coffee that matches your personal tastes and preferences.

How to Make Lungo

To make a delicious Lungo, all you need is an espresso machine, coffee grounds, and a few simple steps to follow. Keep reading to master the art of brewing this classic Italian coffee!

What you need to make a Lungo

To make a lungo, you will need:

  1. An espresso machine: This is necessary for brewing the coffee.
  2. Coffee grounds: Choose a medium to dark roast coffee specifically labeled for espresso or lungo.
  3. A grinder: If you have whole coffee beans, you’ll need a grinder to grind them to the right consistency.
  4. A portafilter: This is the part of the espresso machine where you put the coffee grounds.
  5. Grouphead: The grouphead is where the portafilter attaches to the espresso machine.
  6. Water: Make sure you have enough clean water to brew your lungo.
  7. Demitasse spoon: This small spoon is used for stirring and tasting your coffee.
  8. Optional additions: You can add milk, sugar, or other flavorings if desired.

How to make Lungo at Home

  1. Start by filling the water reservoir of your espresso machine with clean water.
  2. Preheat your espresso machine according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Grind your coffee beans to a medium – fine consistency. Aim for about 10 grams of coffee per Lungo shot.
  4. Fill the portafilter with the ground coffee and tamp it down evenly using a tamper.
  5. Attach the portafilter to the grouphead of your espresso machine.
  6. Place a cup or mug under the portafilter to collect the brewed Lungo coffee.
  7. Select the Lungo brew setting on your espresso machine and start the brewing process.
  8. The machine will extract hot water through the coffee grounds, producing a longer extraction time than a regular espresso shot.
  9. Once the desired amount of coffee has been extracted, stop the brewing process and remove the cup or mug from under the portafilter.
  10. Enjoy your homemade Lungo as is, or add milk or other additions according to your preference.

Expert Tips

To make the perfect lungo, start with freshly roasted and ground coffee beans. Avoid using pre-ground coffee as it can result in a less flavorful shot. When grinding the beans, aim for a medium-coarse consistency to get the right extraction.

Make sure to clean your espresso machine regularly to prevent any buildup that could affect the taste of your lungo. Experiment with different coffee-to-water ratios and extraction times to find your preferred flavor profile.

Finally, don’t be afraid to ask your barista for recommendations or tips on brewing the best lungo at home or ordering it in a coffee shop!

How to Order Lungo at Starbucks

Types of Lungo

There are different types of lungo that you can try:

  1. Classic Lungo: This is the standard lungo, made with double the amount of water as a regular shot of espresso. It has a balanced flavor with notes of nuts and caramel.
  2. Decaffeinated Lungo: If you prefer to avoid caffeine, you can choose a decaffeinated lungo. It is made using decaf coffee grounds and still offers the same milder flavor as the classic lungo.
  3. Flavored Lungo: Some coffee shops offer flavored lungos, where they add syrups or other flavorings to enhance the taste. Popular flavors include vanilla, caramel, and hazelnut.
  4. Iced Lungo: For a refreshing twist, you can enjoy your lungo over ice. The cold temperature adds a new dimension to the flavors and makes it perfect for hot summer days.
  5. Lungo Macchiato: Similar to a regular macchiato, this variation involves adding a small amount of milk foam or steamed milk on top of the lungo shot. It creates a creamy texture and adds a hint of sweetness to your drink.

How to Choose the Right Lungo

When choosing the right lungo, consider your personal taste preferences. If you prefer a milder flavor, go for lungos with nutty and caramel notes. If you like a stronger taste, look for lungos that have more bitterness.

It’s also important to consider the brewing method – whether you’re making it at home or ordering it at a coffee shop. And don’t forget to think about any additional ingredients you may want to add, such as milk or sweeteners.

Ultimately, choose the lungo that appeals most to your palate and enjoy!


Ordering a lungo is easy! Whether you’re at home or in a coffee shop like Starbucks, simply ask for a lungo and the barista will understand. Remember, a lungo is a longer extraction of espresso using double the amount of water, resulting in a milder flavor.

So go ahead and enjoy your delicious lungo coffee today!


What is Lungo and how do I order it?

Lungo is a coffee type that’s brewed longer than an espresso. To order it, simply ask your barista for a “Caffè Lungo”.

How is Lungo different from other coffees like Cappuccino, Latte or Americano?

Lungo has more water compared to espresso but less than Caffè Americano. It’s also not mixed with milk like a Cappuccino or Latte.

Can I make Lungo at home?

Yes! You can use your espresso machine to brew lungo by letting more water pass through the coffee grounds.

How does Lungo taste compared to Espresso or a shot of Corretto?

Unlike Espresso which tastes strong and concentrated, or Corretto with its hint of spirits, a lungo will have milder flavors because of the extra brewing time.

Is there a cold version of Lungo like we have in Caffè Freddoo?

While usually served hot, you can make an iced version by allowing the lungo to cool down before pouring over ice; think of it as a stronger version of the caffè freddoo.

About the Author:
Sophia Lewis, a travel blogger with a focus on global coffee cultures, explores coffee traditions from Colombia to Turkey. Her expertise lies in understanding the cultivation, brewing, and enjoyment of coffee in different cultures. Through articles, travel vlogs, and tastings, Sophia brings a global perspective to coffee, emphasizing ethical and sustainable practices, and invites readers to join her community of global coffee enthusiasts.