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Nespresso, Lattissima and DeLonghi Explained

Home coffee machines have become increasingly popular in the last few years and Nespresso is a name that is at the forefront of building these machines for home use. With the territory, however, comes an increasingly confusing world of lots of different lingo! So before we delve any further into specific Lattissima machines, I want to take the time to explain the precise difference between the brand names Nespresso, Lattissima and DeLonghi.

Nespresso is, to put it simply, the brand name of a coffee machine. Other brands are available but Nespresso is one of the largest in the world. Typically they include coffee capsules (also known as coffee pods) to be inserted into the machine in question.

Lattissima is a specific range of Nespresso machines and represents a product line under the Nespresso brand. Typically, Lattissima machines refer to Nespresso machines designed milk-based espresso coffee (the clue is in the name – think latte!). They almost always have a milk tank clearly visible in the front of the machine by default. Some other Nespresso machines also have room to make milk based coffee, sometimes with the addition of an Aeroccino add-on. However, the Lattissima range explicitly has this as its signature selling feature.

DeLonghi is a third party manufacturer of Nespresso coffee machines. They are not unlike Krups and Magimix, two other brands that also manufacture certain ranges of Nespresso machines. DeLonghi makes a particularly large range of Nespresso’s Lattissima range in both North America and Europe, and are generally regarded as being quite reliable.

The Two Types Nespresso Lattissima Coffee Machine

Lattissima Nespresso machines are designed to be both elegant and easy to use. They will be your ideal partner for when you prepare delicious coffee recipes, both with and without milk.

Generally speaking there are two popular types of Nespresso Lattissima coffee machine. These are the Lattissima Pro and the Lattissima Plus.

Nespresso Lattissima Pro vs Lattissima Plus

There are two typical sub-brands of Nespresso Lattissima coffee machine, ignoring the occasional one-off model. The two types are the Lattissima Pro and the Lattissima Plus.

The Nespresso Lattissima Pro is the luxury version of the Plus model, where it has a more refined metallic finish as well as a blue illuminated light to make the machine look nicer on your counter-top. The biggest difference when using day-to-day is a touch screen display.

The Nespresso Lattissima Plus uses regular buttons as opposed to a touch screen display, and does not have a backlight. In terms of practical function the two are quite similar. However, for those wishing to froth their own milk as well for example we would recommend the Pro version which comes with its own milk frother and an auto-clean function which could come in handy for long-term maintenance. Of course, this comes at a cost and the Lattissima Pro is more expensive than the Lattissima Plus.

For consumers on a budget we would actually recommend the Lattissima Plus – however, there is no denying the Lattissima Pro is the top-of-the-range model and we think looks better as well, so it’s up to you as an individual to decide which of these you would prefer to have at home.

Lattissima Pro vs Lattissima Plus

What Coffee Can I Make with a Nespresso Lattissima?

Nespresso Lattissima machines are typically designed with milk-based coffee in mind, hence the addition of the milk tank. However, it is obviously not all that they can do. Regular non-milk coffee is also possible, and the pre-set drink menu on the Lattissima Pro contains six options:

  • Espresso
  • Lungo
  • Ristretto
  • Hot
  • Milk
  • Cafe Latte
  • Cappuccino

There are five as opposed to six options on the Lattissima Plus model. The Pro version also has both an auto-clean feature and a milk frother, for enthusiasts who prefer to prepare their own milk based drinks.

Finally, note that the Lattissima Pro has a much larger water and milk tank capacity. In the Pro it’s 44oz and 17oz water and milk respectively. In the Plus it’s 30oz and 8oz respectively. The capsule capacity of the Lattissima Pro is 16 capsules and in the Lattissima Plus it’s 12 capsules.

So Do I Buy the Lattissima Pro or Lattissima Plus?

This depends entirely upon your preferences. For milk based coffee or a variety of drinks that includes milk based coffee, the Nespresso Lattissima range is an excellent choice in general. The Pro version is better in general, having nicer looking aesthetics, touch screen, milk frother, larger capacity and an auto-cleaning button. If these features are important to you, we would suggest that the Lattissima Pro is the better choice.

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.

  Lungo Nespresso Capsules

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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