Lavazza Espresso Italiano Whole Bean Coffee Blend
Item Form: Whole Bean
Caffeine Content: Caffeinated
Roast Level: Medium_roast
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- 1 2.2 pound bag of Lavazza Caffe Espresso Italian whole coffee beans
- Rich-bodied medium roast with highly aromatic notes
- Non GMO, 100 percent Arabica. Intensity: 5 Delicate
- Blended and roasted in Italy
- Best used for espresso but is also suitable in any coffee maker
von Diesel –
I like coffee from my local roasters, but that gets expensive. I’ve been searching for a “grocery store” whole bean coffee for everyday use with my Breville Barista Pro. I tried Cameron’s, Kicking Horse, Kauai, and Ethical Bean so far. Ethical Bean and this Lavazza espresso Italiano are the best of those by far.This is a nice medium roast. I was pleasantly surprised by the mix of flavors when I pulled an espresso. There’s a bit of fruity acidity, but it’s not overly sour. There’s a little roast too, but not too bitter. It’s not super gourmet stuff, but it’s a nice balance and very drinkable. It’s a bit mellow in a cappuccino, so those who like more coffee flavor in a milk-based drink may want something with more punch (or just adjust your coffee:milk ratio), but again this is perfectly fine. This should also make a very good Americano or Aeropress coffee too.At $12 for 1 kilo (2.2lbs) this is amazing. That’s less than 22 cents for a homemade double espresso! I’ll still be trying other things and enjoying my local coffee roasters, but this will probably be my go-to coffee for regular use for a long time. I’ll definitely buy more when this bag runs out.I wish the bag was resealable, but I just pour the beans into a big Tupperware container when I open it.
Annie Grace –
For health reasons I have to cut down on caffeine so I use 2 scoops caffeine and 4 decaf. Ugh it’s true, decaf is like brown water. I always thought people were being dramatic. No, it’s that lacking in flavor. Until I tried This decaf-outshines them all! Truly the best I’ve tried but a little too pricey for me so I just teased myself with it. 5 stars if it was more affordable.
Richard C. Brown –
This is not the best coffee ever, but it is good enough to be my everyday cup of joe. I know this an Italian Expresso roast, but I’ve been grinding it medium-fine and brewing it in my Bunn coffeemaker. It’s been my daily driver for over a month now.It is medium roast and is fairly mild flavored for an Expresso roast. It is pretty tasty, though, and at this price, it’s about the same per ounce as ground Folgers classic roast. This tastes better than Folgers, plus it’s whole bean to boot. I can grind a wonderful tasting pot of coffee with it.The only gripe I have with this coffee outside of the relatively mild flavor is the freshness factor. I’m not a terrible coffee snob. I like whole bean coffees but don’t roast my own beans. I don’t over worry about freshness, but it appears that my particular package of coffee was packed in August, and I received it in November. I’m not expecting a guy with a burro to come knocking on my door with a bag of freshly harvested and roasted coffee beans, but I would hope a decent sized company using Amazon’s distribution network could do a little better than 3 months between packaging and delivery. That said, I don’t notice a lot of stale taste.
Kindle Customer –
We purchased an espresso machine last year to help save money, and cut down on spending. We have been using Starbucks Blonde Espresso, which we really liked, but holy cow! This coffee is SOOOO much better. It’s incredibly smooth, and I could immediately tell the quality difference when it came out of the espresso machine. I am extremely satisfied with this purchase, and will definitely continue using this brand!
A. H. –
THE BOTTOM LINE: Gran Crema is an EXCELLENT blend of coffee to make cappuccinos and lattes, producing an incredibly velvety crema. The espresso drinker who prefers a stronger taste and full body will also certainly enjoy this roast blend.Tastes: If everyone had the same tastes and liked the same things, there would only be one coffee in the world. Finding the “perfect” coffee is a personal decision tailored by your own taste and likes, and even then, many times you want to have something different or change, therefore in finding YOUR perfect coffee, it depends on your present tastes and moods at that one particular moment in time…which can change. My best advice is follow your feelings and have a try at different things to find NOT what you like, but what you DEFINITELY do not like. And most certainly do not buy or force yourself to like something, because others do like it or love it. Buy for you, not for them.Coffee basics: 2 types of beans. Arabica, which have a smoother taste in general but have lighter body and make less crema, and Robusto, which make more crema and have a stronger taste and body but carry more bitterness. Plants are grown in warmer climates all around the globe, and each place yields beans with distinct flavors regardless of the same bean used. The roasting of the coffee, different machines, water quality and grind quality also add to these differences. Tamping (espresso styles) and amount of coffee makes a very minimal difference compared to all the other factors, and everyone gets the hang of it with practice (i.e. no need to focus so much on pressures and exact weight and times). WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT: the WATER!, the quality of the coffee, the right grind for the style you are making (finer for espresso and Turkish, coarser for other styles), and a good machine for that style, which is NOT synonymous with expensive (stove tops are not). You get these 4 things right, and all the other factors won’t matter much, and you will have an excellent coffee every time. The water here where I live is horrible, and so was my coffee, so I had to spend quite a lot on a filtration system for the water.Italian coffee: Our preferred styles are espresso, cappuccino, and latte (it really means milk and the original Italian name is caffè e latte, but we have dropped the “e” over time) and all are served hot. In Italy, flavors/things added to these styles are only found in places where tourists are (i.e. no creams, cinnamon, iced, etc) and most Italians do not even consider or have heard of adding anything else, other than sugar. In Italian bars (this is what we call coffee shops in Italy and why they’re called baristas) ALL coffee is a blend of arabica and robusta, making them versatile. ALL bars in Italy also use whole milk, typically what we call lunga conservazione which stores at room temperature until opened (hence less refrigeration storing space needed). You might find places that use more than just whole milk in tourist areas, but is not a certainty. Whole milk froths better than other milk. Coffee is quite important in Italy, so much that the price of coffee is strictly regulated and has been, long before the owners of Starbucks were even born.Lavazza: Most sold coffee brand in Italy. Lavazza makes 2 lines of coffee geared to the preferred Italian styles, one for home use, and one commercial, but each and every one of them is different from each other and any coffee in the home line is totally different from any one in the commercial line. The home line consists of:1. Qualità Oro – 100% Arabica beans from a blend of Central America and African highlands. Medium roast.2. Qualità Rossa – 70% Brasilian arabica and 30% African robusta. Medium roast.3. Gran Aroma – 60% arabica and 40% robusta. All Brasilian. Medium roast.4. Gran Crema – 40% South America arabica and 60% Southeast Asia robusta. Dark roast.5. Crema e Aroma – 30% South America arabica and 70% African robusta. Medium roast.Qualità Rossa is the most readily available in Italy and hence the less expensive and most used/sold in Italy also. Qualità Oro is aimed at espresso style, Gran Crema is aimed at cappuccino and latte styles, with Gran Bar and Qualità Rossa being more versatile. Qualità Rossa seems to most to have a balance IN TASTE (smooth vs. strong) between arabica and robusta. The entire Lavazza home line is excellent Italian roast espresso coffee but is best to stick Gran Crema (mixing) and Qualità Oro (straight) for what they’re geared for, and in the proper use you will find the correct taste, smoothness, and next to no bitterness, if any at all. They are all superb for use in the right manner and none of them are oily.About me: I definitely do not like bitter or oily coffee (all coffee is oily per se, but I do not like coffee that has a distinct film of oil on top, which you can see at an angle and which is typically bitter coffee). I prefer cappuccinos and “lattes”, but regardless I like a strong taste and therefore use Gran Crema, but I do enjoy espresso also so I do use Gran Aroma, which still has enough strong taste for my cappuccinos and lattes. My family in Italy in general prefer espressos and use Qualità Oro, but also use Qualità Rossa (much much less). You will only see me at Starbucks in case of dire emergency, which translates to 3 times in 20 years (once after an 18 hour travel marathon in planes). I’m not even mentioning any other coffee places. I use a Gaggia at home and drink tea while I travel. My entire family owns Gaggias. Not because we’re married to the brand, but because we have tried plenty others, but Gaggias last us much better than the rest. My mother’s must be at least 30 years old. However, one glance at her stove top will convince you it was around before Metusela.Anecdote: I was quite entertained when I learned about the craziness to obsess over tamping pressures, weighing, and stopwatches. Out of curiosity on a British espresso machine that uses no electricity or stove (but you have to have boiling water so you need it anyway), I found a video of this American guy showing the ROK coffee maker which was totally obsessed with this and I learned that it was quite common. I told my mother, who laughed, and shared it at the local bar in her neighborhood the next morning. The barista (our friend) had to call me at 4 a.m. my time (it’s ok, mamma has been doing it all these years). He almost didn’t believe me. I had to send him youtube links, including the ROK guy. He asked “Are they crazy? People believe we use scales and stopwatches at the bars?” About tamping he said it’s common sense. It has to be compact enough so that you get the flavor out of the coffee, but not too compact that breaks the pump on the machine.
We have a Breville Barista Express that we use daily. We love coffee, we are not such extreme coffee snobs, but we love good coffee and avoid bad, cheap coffee at all costs. We have a sub $1,000 espresso machine, but I think we take coffee reasonably seriously.After we got the Breville, we were in search of a good quality, consistent espresso blend that didn’t break the bank. We tried the World Market brand espresso blends – we have traditionally liked their coffee – as well as several locally roasted blends. We also tried Starbucks and a couple of national brands but found them too earthy, dark, bitter for our normal drinks that don’t have any sugar in them.Then we found this blend of Lavazza. The first couple of times we actually got it at a retail store. We loved how consistent it was, it has a nice creaminess to it, it’s very easy to get quality crema that coats the cup. It is great as a straight up shot, as a latte, cappuccino, or as we do it most days, an Americano with cream. I never get tired of it, and when we make coffee drinks for guests we always get great compliments.The beans are also not too oily, so there is no additional maintenance required on our machine versus some of the other espresso blends we tried. Then to top it all off, we have a subscribe and save and get it delivered to our doorstep just when it’s time for a re-up. in short, this is a great espresso blend, a good price, and the convenience can’t be beat!
Kindle Customer –
We’ve been using the Lavazza Super Crema with our Breville Barista Express for years and I decided to try this since the price tag is a little lower. I didn’t even have to adjust the settings and the espresso was perfect. I’m no coffee afficionado, but I can tell when a shot is no good. This was smooth with a decent Crema.
Señorita Hamburguesa –
I mean, I’m sorry? I’m not a snob or anything. Well, I drink Lavazza and illy so maybe I am a little? I love me some gas station coffee so you decide.Okay, so this coffee:-good packaging? Yes.-good size? Yes.-freshness? Yes.-quality overall? She real good. Two thumbs up.Flavor is the whole problem for me. I originally bought this for cold brew but ended up using a different Lavazza blend. Whatever. So homegirl has been sitting in a dry, cool space (my cabinet) for like 2 months-ish. Anyways, I run out of my illy Classico for moka pot and I’m like, “yes, party. New beanz. Let’s do this.” I blitz her up and the smell is good, the texture is legit, good amount of that good-good bean oil aka. I’m into it. Then I brew and I’m like, meh. Mind you, I inhale my coffee while rapidly preparing for work. (Wait wait wait.. I didn’t realize until right now but I’ve been drinking mediocre coffee at work.. maybe to compensate. In the words of Ted “Theodore” Logan, “WHOA.”)I’m writing this after brewing for a second day. It’s my day off so I think I’m paying more attention to what’s going on. I have no food cooking, my neighbors aren’t cooking, no smells coming from anything that I think would affect this aroma or flavor. I added 2 sugar cubes (my regular) and 2% milk (normal as well) – it’s an americano, if you will. To me, THIS TASTES LIKE BACON GREASE. For real. Okay, fun fact: I was a professional chef for like 12ish years so I KNOW WHAT BACON GREASE IS. This, this coffee has the initial flavor of chocolate I get for Hanukkah (chalky and artificial sweetener). The smell is savory and then bada bing, bada boom – bacon grease. Not fat, grease. Like someone has used it for shallow frying and now it’s bitter, slightly burnt.Summary: this is just me and my taste buds. Like I said, everything else is great. It’s truly (are you ready for this?) …….. a matter of taste. Hahaha!