What is the difference between Ristretto, Espresso and Lungo? Most people express the difference between espressos, ristrettos and lungos in terms of the amount liquid that ends up in your cup. Read below what that means.
As you probably know, ristretto and lungo are both ‘espresso’-based drinks. And ‘espresso’ has nothing to do with a specific bean, blend or taste. It’s simply a method of brewing coffee by quickly pushing almost boiling water, under pressure, through tightly packed, finely ground coffee beans – exactly as you use in your machine at home.
Most people express the difference between espressos, ristrettos and lungos in terms of the amount liquid that ends up in your cup. That’s not 100% true, but it is a great place to start.
Each of our capsules has around 5 grams of finely ground 100% arabica coffee. To extract the very best taste-sensation from our own capsule range we recommend using the following amount of water:
This way, the result will be a super-nice, dark brown, slightly thick coffee, with a beautifully formed ‘crema’!
Some prefer a little more water, others a little less. On a Nespresso™ machine you can easily program the volume of water by simply pressing your button twice. Check your manual for more info.
Once you start playing with this, you are adjusting what the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) call the ‘brewing ratio’. The brewing ratio is the proportion of dry coffee (in grams) to water (in grams) to make your cup of coffee.
As we said earlier, each of our caps has around 5 grams of finely ground 100% arabica coffee. And 1 milliliter of water weighs 1 gram. So, when you use the volume of water we recommended above, you end up with a brewing ratio of:
An Espresso with our Enigma Compostable Capsules
The idea behind blending great espressos is to create layers of flavour that balance sweetness, acidity and body. That’s because the espresso extraction method acts like a magnifying-glass for the flavour of a bean.
So that’s what we bore in mind when blending and roasting our range. And that’s also the thinking behind the amount of water we recommend: we’re aiming to help you experience the best taste possible out of every single cap.
Using 110ml of water with Revive is a bit like adding water to whiskey. The extra water helps bring out the fine citrus flavour above the creamy milkiness.
And using just 25ml with Gigolo, really helps the sweet caramel notes pop over a stronger, deeper, cup.
A Lungo with our Revive Compostable Capsules
The really interesting thing is that using different brewing ratios actually unlocks different flavor profiles. It’s subtle, but they are there. So next time you try a Jones Brothers Coffee cap, why not experiment with the amount of water? You never know what you might discover!
The Bean Team