I drink coffee from a Nespresso Machine (Nespresso Pixie).

I use one capsule of Ristretto Italiano (black), but run it twice under the 'Lungo' option.

Thus my question is: What is the strength of the cup I am getting (it'll be weaker than an espresso)? And what other brewing method can give me the same result? Moka pot? Drip coffee?

  • You're asking an impossible question to answer as it depends a lot on your water. But yes, your brew will almost definitely be weaker than espresso because there is less coffee in a Nespresso pod than in a normal espresso dose and much less than in a double dose. – R Mac Mar 28 '20 at 3:12
  • But is it still stronger than the coffee I'll get using a Moka Pot? (regardless of water and other micro factors) – mRiddle Mar 28 '20 at 5:01
  • That depends on which pot. But moka pot is probably stronger, again because of amount of coffee used. A Nespresso pod has only 5 grams of coffee in it. It's not a miracle machine. – R Mac Mar 28 '20 at 5:12
  • Bialetti 3 cup pot. I'm not expecting the Nespresso to do miracles, just trying to estimate its strength. – mRiddle Mar 28 '20 at 9:26

The Lungo option is a weaker setting and is still meant to be run ONCE. You run the Lungo option and use a coffee cup slightly larger than the Expresso cup. Nespresso is NOT meant to make a regular cup of coffee ever. It makes Expresso (40ml or 1.4 fluid ounces ounces) or Lungo (110ml or 3.7 fluid ounces). Also not all capsules can be used for Lungo since some are meant for weak Expressos. Get yourself a Coffee Press for regular coffee.

Another Option is make a Lungo and use Expresso to control strength of coffee. So one Lungo and 1 Express will make a medium strength small cup of coffee. Also certain brands like Bustelo capsules make very strong Expresso and Nice Lungo.

  • How does a Moka Pot compares to those? – mRiddle Apr 9 '20 at 17:44
  • A Nespresso capsule contains just 5.5 grams of coffee. To get 40 grams of product out of 5.5 grams of coffee means it's a 1:7 ratio when an actual espresso has a 1:2 ratio. A lungo has a 1:3 ratio, so these Nespresso options are far from real espresso or lungos. ;) – JJJ Apr 10 '20 at 20:25

I bought a moka pot. Indeed it is stronger and way more tasty than the Nespresso capsules.

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