Gourmesso Lungo Arabica Forte Review (The Good, And The Bad)

Gourmesso Lungo Arabica Forte is a coffee that has been carefully sourced and then roasted to perfection. Crafted in a true Italian lungo style and yet using only Arabica from the Americas, this is truly a global coffee.

Read on to understand why this delicious espresso-based drink will help you stay energized and productive throughout your errands.

The Origin of Gourmesso Lungo Arabica Forte

The blend originates from Central America and South America in Mexico and Peru, a region renowned for producing the best Arabica coffee beans globally. Only 100% Arabica is selected for this expertly crafted blend.

When and Why was this flavor released?

The Gourmesso Arabica Forte flavor was released in October 2018. This means it is a relatively recent addition to its range of capsule coffee. However, this blend has quickly become one of the most popular varieties due to its bold, earthy flavor that compliments both a strong long black and a hearty milk coffee like lattes and cappuccinos.

It’s one of the four flavors in the Gourmesso Eco line of capsules which are great since they are compostable once used. This gives Gourmesso a big leg up over Nespresso in our minds since you no longer need to worry about the single-use capsules polluting the environment!

The Key Features of Gourmesso’s Lungo Arabica Forte Coffee


The taste of this coffee is second to none. Furthermore, you will get a kick each time you take a sip due to its boldness and intensity. Notably, the flavors are just right; why? You are guaranteed to have the nutty notes together with perfectly balanced hints of caramel.

Additionally, the aftertaste is delightful, and it will make you want to have an extra cup. Besides, you should trust us when we say that it does not matter if you take sugarless coffee. Gourmesso Lungo Arabica Forte is naturally sweet enough to please your palate.


Gourmesso’s Arabica Forte Lungo has an intensity rating of 9, and a dark roast meaning this is quite a rich and strong coffee.

Note: Gourmesso’s intensity ratings attempt to align with Nespresso’s intensity rating scale of 1-13. However, since the exact definition of this rating system is not public knowledge, Gourmesso’s comparisons are only approximate. Take this with a grain of salt, and err +/- 1 intensity point above or below the value quoted.


Gourmesso Lungo Arabica Forte’s aroma is exceptionally smooth. This is due to its masterful roasting. Furthermore, the blend has been roasted for perfection, which means that it will smell great the moment you open the bag. Notably, you can delight in the notes of caramel, hazelnut, and chocolate through your nose.


One of the main appeals of Gourmesso Coffee Pods is the price. A typical pod costs around $0.50. This means you can drink fantastic guilt-free coffee at home for a fraction of the cost of a café coffee.

It’s also on average 30% cheaper than the official Nespresso capsules.

Even better, all orders over $35.00 through the Gourmesso website will receive free shipping.


The packaging also plays a vital role in making this blend extremely special.

You’ll be able to buy a set of 10 capsules in an elegant (and recyclable) cardboard box for around $5.30 USD.

Of course, prices change, so check here for the latest price on the Gourmesso website.

Did we mention they also offer free shipping on all orders above $35?


These capsules work in Nespresso Original machines ONLY (formerly: OriginalLine). They work in all Original machines, i.e. are a 1-for-1 swap with the genuine capsules.

Gourmesso Capsules do NOT fit in Nespresso Vertuo machines (formerly: VertuoLine), Dolce Gusto, Keurig, nor other systems.

Sustainability and Environment

Our favorite thing about these Gourmesso pods is they are in the Gourmesso Eco range.

These pods are compostable, unlike the regular Gourmesso pods which are plastic, and authentic Nespresso pods which are made of aluminum and only recyclable.

One caveat: These capsules are certified as commercially compostable only. The pods still need to be packaged off and sent to commercial composting facilities. If you think you can just dig a hole in your garden, there is no guarantee it will degrade properly.


The Pros and Cons of Gourmesso Lungo Arabica Forte Pods

The Pros

  • 100% pure Arabica coffee
  • Nice balanced flavor, without too much bitterness.
  • Compatible with all Nespresso OriginalLine machines.
  • At least 30% cheaper on average than Nespresso Original capsules.
  • Capsules are compostable

The Cons

  • The taste could be stronger, and seems weaker than a genuine Nespresso with an intensity rating of 9.
  • More enjoyable as an espresso than a lungo.
  • Currently only 4 flavors in the Eco Line range.
  • Only commercial composting is possible.

Final thoughts on Gourmesso Lungo Arabica Forte Coffee

Gourmesso Lungo Arabica Forte’s flavor is excellent at any time of the day. This 100% Arabica blend is less acidic, yet full of enjoyable dark roasty notes, and a caramel hazelnut finish.

Though we do consider these pods slightly less flavorful than genuine Nespresso capsules, at 33% cheaper, and knowing these aren’t harming the environment, we reckon it’s well worth giving Gourmesso a try.

Do you use the Gourmesso capsules? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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