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Lavazza Crema e Aroma - Coffee Beans, 2.2-Pound Bag
- Italy's Favorite Coffee
- Lavazza Whole Coffee Beans
- Strong, full-flavored, medium-roast coffee with thick crema
- 2.2-Pound Bag
- Suitable for espresso (fine grinding) and drip coffee (coarse grinding) preparations.
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Top Customer Reviews
At its best, when properly ground, tamped, and brewed, Lavazza espresso is a bit stronger tasting and also a little bit more bitter than Illy. The Lavazza espresso also has a very pure black color once brewed and when it is done properly it has a hint of licorice in the aftertaste. Personally, though, I prefer the Illy approach which is why I am giving this coffee four rather than five stars. But, even so, I certainly recognize the high quality of Lavazza. In my opinion Lavazza represents the very best of the widely available dark (as opposed to medium like Illy) Italian Espresso roasts.
Lavazza makes several espresso bean varieties (and some preground) and this particular one is very good and one I've used for years with other Lavazza espresso. Nice crema, smooth taste and you are probably more limited by your espresso machine and barista skills than you are this espresso roast :-)
Making 3-5 cups daily of espresso one thing i really like about Lavazza beans are consistent in taste, texture and oily-ness, so you don't have to constantly tweak your grinder. I've tried many different brands & roasts but always seem to come back to Lavazza.
The Lavazza beans also stays "fresh" quite long after opening the bag. They taste the same the first day you open the bag as they do a few weeks later. This is very handy if you do not go through a few pounds every few days so you neither have to throw out beans nor go espresso shopping every few days. Who knows how long the Lavazza bags sit in storage, but I have never encountered a stale bag which speaks well for the consistency of this product.
I have used local roasters espresso beans and have found they typically do not hold it their flavor long. It seems the immediate "fresh" taste is great but in a few DAYS the local roasters beans fall off quickly in terms of being much drier (need to play with grinder every use) as well as become less flavorful and more bitter over time. Lavazza beans do not suffer from that problem which is another benefit.
Lavazza is probably not the beans for tweak-and-geekers who like home-roast (ie. char-broiled beans) and prepare espresso more than they actually like to drink and enjoy it's taste. For real-life espresso drinkers who appreciate fine Italian espresso, Lavazza is a good place to start.
We now take advantage of the subscription shipping to insure we never run out. If we get a little ahead in our supply, our daughter is thrilled to take an extra bag off our hands.
I would give this product an unqualified 5-star rating except for one flaw we have only noticed recently. In each bag there appears to be up to a half a dozen green coffee beans. When accidentally ground with the beans even one of these contaminating little nasty things will ruin an entire pot of coffee or destroy a cup of cappuccino with their awful taste. As a result, I now sort through the beans before putting them in airtight storage for daily use.
Aside from that one flaw, this is a fantastic product at a reasonable price, especially if you take the discounted subscription shipping.