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Who Makes Nespresso Coffee Machines?

Nespresso is now an extremely well-known brand globally, with many thousands of coffee machines sold. However, it’s less known that while they manufacture all the coffee capsules, the machines themselves are mainly made by third parties. This can sometimes cause confusion. Krups and Magimix are two examples of manufacturers of Nespresso coffee machines.


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Krups and Magimix CitiZ Nespesso Machines

Krups and Magimix are two manufacturers that both produce the CitiZ range of Nespresso coffee machines. These are some of the most popular coffee machines that Nespresso produce.

There are three types of CitiZ machines: the regular CitiZ machine, the CitiZ & Milk machine which also comes with an Aeroccino add-on allowing for frothy milk and latte style drinks, and finally the CitiZ & Co configuration which is in essence a double Nespresso machine. This last version of the CitiZ coffee machine is possibly the most suitable for an office environment or similar where multiple people are likely to be queueing up for coffee at the same time.

Here are the 3 types of machine side-by-side for you to compare…


Regular Nespresso CitiZ


Nespresso CitiZ & Milk


Nespresso CitiZ & Co

Is there any Difference in Quality between Krups and Magimix Machines?

In a word: Nope!

Both manufacturers produce the equipment to the same specifications in all situations, and the only thing that changes is really the exterior appearance of the Nespresso machines. In general but not always, Krups tends to favour brighter colours and ‘louder’ designs compared to Magimix who appear more conservative and traditional with their design. Therefore, it depends on what kind of setting you’re using your Nespresso machines in and which colours you happen to like best!

Take a look at the range of both machines on the links below to browse which may be the right machine for you.

Nespresso Espresso and Lungo Capsules Explained

Types of Nespresso Espresso and Lungo Capsule

There are several types of both espresso and lungo capsules within the Nespresso range. We hope to explain the differences between these in greater detail and inform you on the difference between Nespresso espresso and lungo capsules.

After this, we may also have a stab at which might be more suited to your taste! However, to do this we must first understand the types of capsule that are available from Nespresso and what they even mean in the first place.

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Lungo vs Espresso

The Difference Between an Espresso and a Lungo

Many of us are familiar with espresso – many of us have ‘a shot of espresso’ or two (or three or more!!) in our coffee. This forms the base and the heart & soul of drinks such as your macchiatos, flat whites and lattes. Now, a lungo is slightly different. It is a longer coffee which tends to be popular in a number of countries, especially in Europe. You are extracting the flavour from your coffee in the same way and it is still under high pressure as it flows into your cup. However, a lungo is designed to fill up more of your cup – basically taking up a little more room. What this means is that on the whole they can be a little more mild but still maintaining flavour and intensity.

A lungo is also sometimes called a ‘stretched coffee’, and in French it is called a café allongé. This shouldn’t be confused, however, with an Americano, which is an Italian style coffee with hot water added. Also not to be confused with a lungo is a long black, where you add a short black directly to the hot water – basically the opposite of an Americano. The reason for this swap around is so you can pour the short black in as soon as it’s extracted, preserving more of the crema.

Does This Mean Lungos are Less Intense or Flavourful than an Espresso?

This is a common misconception – in short, no. The strongest espressos are more intense than the strongest lungos, but the possible range of how mild or intense a roast is ultimately comes down to the coffee the capsule is produced from. On a scale of one to ten, Nespresso lungo capsules have an intensity ranging from 2 to 7 – so you can already see that some of them are stronger in flavour than many regular Nespresso espresso capsules.

The strongest Lungo that you’ll find in the Nespresso capsule lineup is the Fortissio Lungo. Going down from this is the Vivalto Lungo capsule, which has an intensity rating of four. Finally, the Linizio Lungo capsule is even milder and has a whiff of malted cereal about it – a mild but very distinct taste. This has an intensity rating of just two and rounds out the standard Nespresso offering.

Fortissio Lungo

Fortissio Lungo

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Vivalto Lungo

Vivalto Lungo

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Linizio Lungo

Linizio Lungo

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As well as intensity of flavour, some people ask whether this means lungos also have less caffeine in them. There is no more or less caffeine in a lungo than an espresso, as the main differentiating factor is how much water you are passing through to produce the lungo during extraction, and how long the extraction of the coffee takes. The only differences are down to the type of beans, because Robusta beans tend to have more caffeine in them than your normal Arabica beans. However, the amount of Nespresso capsule caffeine is about the same in each because the blend ratio of these types of beans doesn’t vary too much.

Can I Make a Lungo Using a Nespresso Espresso Capsule?

This is actually quite important – you should not make an espresso using a lungo capsule or vice versa! The coffee blends and their respective flavours are put together specifically with the extraction time in mind. Extracting an espresso capsule super slowly and with more water will just result in a weak, overextracted espresso that won’t taste like it is intended. Similarly, it would be impossible to extract the full flavours of a lungo from a Fortissio Lungo, Vivalto Lungo or Linizio Lungo capsule by extracting under higher pressure and for a shorter period of time.

Nespresso Capsules Variety Pack

Nespresso Variety Pack Capsules

Definitely try buying a few of these capsules or a variety pack and tasting the differences between them, ensuring that you properly use either an espresso or a lungo setting depending on what the capsule is designed for. Hopefully you’ll be able to not only learn more but taste the difference as well!

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We hope this guide has been useful – enjoy your coffee and Nespresso drinking! If you want to read more about possibly picking up a Nespresso coffee machine of your own, you can check out our guide here.

What’s the Difference Between an Espresso, Ristretto and a Lungo?

Espresso, Ristretto and Lungo terms explained

For anyone unfamiliar with the terminology, while the definition of these can vary depending on where you are it is generally accepted that a lungo is a ‘stretched’ version of an espresso with twice the water. This is not to be confused with any coffee such as an Americano where water is added afterwards, however! All of the water in an espresso lungo is brewed and not added afterwards.

On the other end of the scale, a ristretto is typically a condensed version of an espresso using less water.

There’s no accepted definition of exactly how much makes a ristretto, espresso and a lungo. However, a rough ratio of what they should be like is as follows – 1:1 ristretto, 1:2 espresso and 1:4 lungo. So a lungo would brew approximately double the water of an espresso, and an espresso would brew with about twice the water of a ristretto.

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