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Dark Roast Coffee Pods for E.S.E Espresso Machines 4.4 oz 18 cialde

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  • 100% sustainably grown Arabica coffee
  • Individually wrapped to assure maximum freshness
  • Can be used with all E.S.E. compatible espresso machines
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Product Description

Size: 18 Pack

A cup of illy espresso is a brief but intense experience that caresses the senses, awakens the spirit and opens the mind. From the very first sip, illy's rich, fragrant aroma and distinctive, consistent taste provide an authentic Italian coffee experience to be savored over and over again. illy produces one single blend composed of nine types of 100% premium Arabica coffee--the very finest--and makes it available in different formats and roasts. This choice guarantees consistent quality and distinguishes the illy blend, ensuring it always has the same unique aroma and flavor. The green coffee beans are carefully selected at source from the best plantations in Brazil, Central America, India and Africa and are then subjected to 114 quality control steps before being sold.

The E.S.E. (Easy Serving Espresso) espresso pod invented and launched by illy has become an espresso standard, found in homes, offices and cafes throughout the world. Each serving, or pod, contains 7 grams of perfectly ground, expertly tamped coffee to ensure delicious, consistent espresso each and every time. Simply insert a pod into an E.S.E.-compatible espresso machine and in less than 30 seconds it yields a delicious cup of rich, robust espresso. The individually wrapped servings protect the illy coffee from oxidation and guarantee maximum freshness each and every cup. illy's dark roast features the full body and deep, rich flavor of a more intense espresso, where notes of cocoa intertwine with hints of caramel.

7 grams per pod


Product Information

Size:18 Pack
Product Dimensions 7.3 x 4.3 x 4.2 inches
Item Weight 4.5 ounces
Shipping Weight 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer Illy
ASIN B000TFKLF0
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4.2 out of 5 stars 159 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #9,119 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#741 in Home & Kitchen > Kitchen & Dining > Coffee, Tea & Espresso > Coffee & Tea > Coffee > Single-Serve Capsules & Pods
Date first available at Amazon.com February 7, 2008

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If you are buying these than you already know what an E.S.E. pod is...and for those that don't, this is how this illy product is packaged on this page. I read quite a few reviews that didn't understand what an E.S.E. pod was.

Easy Serving Espresso (E.S.E.) espresso pods, are coffee filter-like paper pouches filled with fine-ground coffee and made to the Easy Serving Espresso Consortium standard. The single-serving espresso pod is roughly 45mm in diameter and contains approximately 7 grams (give or take) of ground, roasted coffee. Espresso pods are produced by all the large roasters in Italy and even some of the smaller boutique roasters offer their coffee in pod form now. Please keep in mind, you NEED an espresso maker that can utilize these type of pods because they require a special portafilter to extract all the flavor out of the pod.

By all means you can put one of these pods in a single serving sized 'insert' for the portafilter on your espresso maker, but unless it says "ESE compatible", it will not extract all the flavor from the grounds needed to create a decent espresso.

As for the flavor of this illy Black Espresso Pod...not bad at all. When you consider the time it takes to make a regular espresso with the grinding, tamping, the extraction, and subsequent cleanup...these are very good flavor-wise when you factor in the 'convenience aspect.'

It's all about expectations when dealing with espresso and all these pods and capsules. You CAN'T buy any of these convenient options and expect it to taste like an espresso correctly made at a coffee shop. These Black pods make a very nice, rich, robust flavored espresso and produce a good amount of crema. You can use just one of these to create a 12 - 14 oz latte or cappuccino without a problem.
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Our office recently (and possibly misguidedly) voted a Starbucks machine off the island and replaced it with a couple of Bunn airpot makers. They're great for commercial coffee but that is also the problem: it tastes like mediocre diner coffee even when good beans are used. So I've taken matters into my own hands and picked up an Espressione Cafe Novecento espresso maker and have put it in the kitchen "on loan" to the company.

My first few attempts at pulling a decent shot with fresh ground coffee convinced me that I simply don't have the patience to learn the proper technique so, as the machine came with a pod portafilter, I decided to give that a shot (so to speak). Illy had the highest number of positive recomendations so I settled on them for my initial foray.

Simply put, I am impressed. The flavor is excellent, the output takes in the ballpark of 20-30 seconds a shot and has very good crema on about three out of every four shots. It can be tricky to properly seat the pod in the portafilter but moistening the pod first does help and that's a more a reflection on the filter design than the pod's.

The primary reason I can't give five stars (although I'd do four and a half if I could) is that even the Amazon price works out to almost a dollar a shot so my double Americano in the morning is only slightly less than I'd pay my favorite barista. And she has a really cute smile.

All in all, though, a very positive experience and I recommend the Illy pods.
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I'm pretty particular about my expresso and I much prefer fresh ground to the pods. But fresh ground is messy and takes more time. I have tried a bunch of different pods on the market. These are by far the best I've had. They give a rich bold flavor that's still smooth and enjoyable. Compared to the Starbucks pods these are one star above at least. They are a bit more expensive, but after going back and forth between these, the starbucks ones, and a few other brands the price difference per pod is usually no more the $0.20. In my opinion it is well worth the extra $0.20 for a delicious cup of expresso. Often better even then what I get at various coffee shops. If your an every day espresso/latte/cappuccino drinker then you will appreciate the subtle yet noticeable higher quality of these pods.
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Illy Dark Roast Pods provide a great-tasting cup of espresso with crema and without the mess of cleaning up all those grounds. The tin packaging is compact for easy storage, but I recommend keeping the opened pods in a vacuum container to maintain freshness. If you're willing to invest in two 18-pod tins, you can't beat the price on Amazon!

For a slightly different great taste and individual packaging to maintain freshness, try Espressione as an alternative, though the individual packaging requires additional storage space in your cupboard.
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Because of time constraints in the morning, I've been trying different ESE pods. These blew me away! Maybe I got a fresh batch, but I am having a tough time distinguishing these from my fresh ground beans. Rich, flavorful and lots of crema. Very robusto. Makes a superb latte! Stands up well in the the steamed milk. Price-wise, I save a bit vs. stopping for a grande Starbucks latte and get a much better flavor.

One tip: I read this in another review, and I'll confirm that dampening the pod before use works well for me for the best seal and pull.

Regarding some of the comparisons to Starbucks in other reviews, I've tried both @ home, and to me the Starbucks doesn't come close.
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