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Posted Sat Jun 2, 2012, 11:17am
Subject: Luongo -- why so little love?
 

It seems like luongos get way less attention (and praise) here than Americanos.
I like straight espresso, but sometimes I need something that I can sip and will last longer than two minutes. Also, if I have more than a couple espressos, I get rather thirsty and sometimes just want something more diluted.

Over the past month (which is how long I've had an espresso machine) I've been making Americanos often. I like them, but they're a bit thin and watery -- probably from all the water that's added ; )
I can enjoy an occasional cappucino, but I prefer my coffee unadulterated. Lattes are too light for me.

So, finally today, I remembered to try a Luongo. I used 8 gms of Brazilian coffee and 8 gms of sumatran decaf. I used a very slightly coarser grind than usual and pulled a 60 second shot (got a little more than 5 oz). The result was a rich, full bodied and highly enjoyable cup with a nice crema on top.

I'll be experimenting further with luongos but was wondering if there are any fans out there and any particular tips for good luongos?

Also, are Americanos better-liked by many and why?
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Posted Sun Jun 3, 2012, 8:30am
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I tend to make americanos more often. I can get a cup that is as good as one made with my chemex by using a Bialetti moka pot. It is so good I can't think of any reason to change my order of ingredients. And since I use cream and sugar I doin't need to see the crema. Again I must reiterate the old command that fresh beans are key. Americanos are underrated it seems to me. I've tried a long black or two using my Gaggia Classic but I keep going back to my old standby--moka first, water after.
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Posted Sun Jun 3, 2012, 1:02pm
Subject: Re: Luongo -- why so little love?
 

Just a thought, and not to pick on you or anything, but have you tried searching for the correct spelling - lungo? I'm not well-versed in the amount of content covering lungos on this site, but removing that first o may aid your search. Cheers!
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Posted Mon Jun 4, 2012, 7:53am
Subject: Re: Luongo -- why so little love?
 

BarryR Said:

I used 8 gms of Brazilian coffee and 8 gms of sumatran decaf. I used a very slightly coarser grind than usual and pulled a 60 second shot (got a little more than 5 oz). The result was a rich, full bodied and highly enjoyable cup with a nice crema on top.

I'll be experimenting further with luongos but was wondering if there are any fans out there and any particular tips for good luongos?

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Yes, as Steve said, if you search for lungo, rather than luongo, you should get many more hits, as it would be the correct spelling.

standard espresso lungo is about 2-3 oz for a single shot, so you're pulling about twice that from a single shot.  There are a lot of terms out there that describe the kind of drink your having.  The problem is that everyone seems to have their own definition, when it comes to anything but the standards.  Whether your drink is a long lungo, strong americano, long black or something else, I don't really know.  Having said all that, I suspect there are lots of others, particularly those who say they like americanos, who prefer just what you're describing.

 
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Posted Mon Jun 4, 2012, 8:18am
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emradguy Said:

Yes, as Steve said, if you search for lungo, rather than luongo, you should get many more hits, as it would be the correct spelling.

standard espresso lungo is about 2-3 oz for a single shot, so you're pulling about twice that from a single shot.  There are a lot of terms out there that describe the kind of drink your having.  The problem is that everyone seems to have their own definition, when it comes to anything but the standards.  Whether your drink is a long lungo, strong americano, long black or something else, I don't really know.  Having said all that, I suspect there are lots of others, particularly those who say they like americanos, who prefer just what you're describing.

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Good point!  I suspect that some of my "Americanos" are actually borderline lungos, as I tend to make longer pulls occasionally.

 
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Posted Mon Jun 4, 2012, 4:31pm
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After more reading (by searching for Lungo), it may be a Cafe Crema that I'm really after (about 6 oz beverage, not 3oz) and did a search on that and found some helpful info.
Thanks!
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Posted Fri Aug 17, 2012, 9:23am
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Yes you are correct. You are making a swiss caffe crema.

Its the usual cafe you get out of the earlier superautomatics.
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Posted Sat Aug 25, 2012, 2:42pm
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I agree with you Barry! I have been pouring these out of my Saeco Aroma for the past decade. The pressurized  portafilter keeps the drink creamy. My old burr grinder gave up the ghost, so I am trying to make drinks with a de pressurized filter. Perhaps I like bitter beans.
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