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illy Medium Roast Whole Bean Coffee, Pack of 2

by Illy

Price: $24.64 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
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2 Pack
  • Imported From Italy
  • 100% Arabica
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illy Medium Roast Whole Bean Coffee, Pack of 2 + Lavazza Super Crema Espresso Whole Bean Coffee, 2.2-Pound Bag + Lavazza Crema e Aroma Coffee Beans, 2.2-Pound Bag
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Size: 2 Pack
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.9 x 3.6 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001E5DYTO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,535 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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Size: 2 Pack

Illy Medium Roast Whole BeansWhole Beans Coffee in Tin Net 8.8oz/250g Illy whole bean coffee is the perfect choice for coffee lovers who prefer grinding the beans to suit their own individual taste and preparation method.The unmistakable Illy taste is the result of the skillful blending of nine varieties of 100% sustainably-grown Arabica beans, meticulously selected from different growing regions around the world to create a consistent, distinctive and perfectly balanced taste cup after cup.

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Nice bright flavor - very rich and smooth.
Linea
I just wish I could find a better use for the used cans---and preferably to purchase in a larger package so there isn't so much waste.
DRT
So if you like those brands, you're probably not going to like illy or any coffee that I like.
Paul DeZan

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 25, 2004
Size Name: 8.8 Ounce
As of today, Jan. 25, 2004 Amazon is offering this product from two different merchants at two different prices with two different names. Possibly the confusion comes from the fact the the name of the product is partially in Italian, and every merchant made up its own English name. Anyway, the following two are the same, just buy the cheapest
1. Illy Roasted Espresso Coffee Beans -- Merchant: Goodman's
2. illy Whole Bean Espresso, Normale -- Merchant: CaffeSolo
Here is my review of the product itself.
Among coffees in this price range, I haven't been able to find anything better.
I am an italian who came to US 6 years ago (I think it is relevant to readers) and Illy is an italian brand. I claim my review does not have any shallow food-nationalism bias, but it might well be that I am influnced by my upbringing.
This coffee is roasted much less than what americans are used to think as the "italian roast", Illy calls it "medium roast". It is roasted less than ANY Starbucks coffee I tried so far. The roasting type can be seen by comparing the colour of the powder. This particular Illy is lighter in color and it is bit reddish. It's color is close to the color of cocoa poweder (I mean cocoa powder processed with alkali).
The roasting is key for me because I dislike any coffee which tastes of burnt -- Illy does not.
It's flavor is marked enough to fully come through even when drank with milk in a 50% coffee 50% milk proportion. It actually still tastes of coffee in this proportions.
Some people prefer Illy Dark Roast (the silver and black) to make espresso, but I prefer the flavor of Medium Roast even to make espresso.
I prepare it with a stove-top espresso machine, such as Bialetti.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Paul DeZan on August 25, 2010
Size Name: 2 Pack
Many vocal critics of illy coffee have never actually tasted it. As Dr. House says, everybody lies and illy is apparently a very popular thing to lie about. I've caught several vocal critics lying about illy (by serving it to them, getting the typical "This is fabulous!" reaction, then telling them what they're drinking. You know, the Folger's Coffee Crystals technique).

Why is this?

Well, on the surface illy does appear to be frivolous and therefore an easy target.

- It's very expensive, especially for coffee that comes in a can
- It's got a very fussy, very European marketing envelope around it
- It tends to be sold in fussy, trendy stores
- Because it's roasted and packaged in Italy, it is always several months old when you buy it
- Did I mention that it's very expensive?

As a result, it's easy to dismiss illy as an elitist, "image" product that can't possibly be worth what it costs. And it's easy to convince others of the same thing, whether you've actually tried illy or not.

The truth is illy is really superb coffee, just about the best I've ever tried. Since I've started drinking it at home, I've found I'm actually drinking much less coffee overall, because I only know a couple of places that serve illy locally and I just don't feel like bothering with anything else, at least most of the time. The ironic net effect of this is that illy may actually be saving me some money!

I don't know if illy will be worth what it costs to you. There are some very good coffee beans sold by Costco for roughly 1/5 the price, much better than anything you can get at Starbucks or Peets. (In fact, if Starbucks or Peets is your idea of really good coffee, stop reading this now.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Petur O. Jonsson on May 4, 2008
Size Name: 2 Pack
Illy espresso beans are my favorite of all the widely available commercially produced roasted espresso beans. This is the standard medium roast that Illy produces and it is a bit less aggressive and milder tasting than the dark roasts of Lavazza (the other major Italian brand that some people favor).

When properly ground, tamped, and brewed Illy espresso has a delightful aroma and flavor, unmatched by any of the other brands.

Granted, Illy is quite pricey, and I do not use it all the time for this reason. However, you get what you pay for. Usually, I buy my espresso from a small roasting house in the Midwest that produces a decent medium roast substitute that I do not mind using most of the time. But Illy definitely produces a higher quality bean.

One way to judge the quality of roasted espresso beans even before you taste the coffee that they will produce is to look at the evenness of color and size of the beans. The reason is that beans of a uniform size tend to roast more evenly than beans of varying sizes. Moreover, even when the beans are of a uniform size, it is important that they be roasted in small batches and churned during the the entire roasting process to ensure that they all get roasted to the same point. This is why most high quality coffee is roasted in small batches in a rotating drum that roasts all the beans to the exact same point. Moreover, since the moisture content of the beans varies a bit from batch to batch, quality control in the roasting process is extremely important. And it is here that Illy is unmatched. Just do a simple visual comparison of the color and consisteny of Illy beans when compared to any of the other widely available brands and you can easily see why Illy is the best.
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