- Italy’s Favorite Coffee
- Lavazza Whole Bean Coffee
- Gold selection delivers a full intense flavor and aftertaste
- 2.2-Pound Bag
- Suitable for espresso (fine grinding) and drip coffee (coarse grinding) preparations.
very bad taste.
Nothing sour about this…
Anyway, we were very happy with the taste – especially considering the cost. Once we got the settings right on the Gaggia, every espresso and latte has been great. Blows Starbucks away.
Excelent everyday espresso.
Excellent rich and yet balanced flavor. Great liquorice and dark chocolate flavors and aftertaste. Decent crema, although the production gets rapidly weaker if the beans are open for more than one week(but that’s expected).
The price is also relatively affordable and per pound and is slightly cheaper than many of the nicer American brands out there(ie Peets or your local roast). I think I’ve found my daily brew.
Who this coffee isn’t for…
-Dark Coffee drinkers. This isn’t an ultra dark,oily, burnt(Starbucks drinkers I’m talking to you) roast. It was never intended to be one. If you make drip or French press coffee and you’re used to dark roasts, this will underwhelm.
-Espresso snobs. This isn’t Intelligencia. If you want Intelligencia, go buy Intelligencia. Most of Lavazza’s roasts are meant to consumed in every day situations and every day affordable coffee. This also isn’t Illy coffee and as much as I like their taste better, I do enjoy my fatter wallet.
I’m not too big on milk based espresso drinks, so can’t really give any review there.
In conclusion, this is a solid everyday Italian espresso for those looking for something reliable to drink every day. It’s forgiving enough that you don’t have to make it to exacting standards with a mega dollar professional machine like some of the fancier roasts and it’s not like having to slog through a can of Folgers.
If you want Starbucks or Intelligencia, go buy Starbucks or Intelligencia.
Nice Taste and Smell
The Pienaroma is 100% Arabica. Not sure exactly what’s in the Gold, but the crema is amazing. I suspect Lavazza must drop in a little Robusto to give the Gold the great crema and a slight bite that I feel is missing in the Pienaroma. Some people mistake this taste, often referred to as “earthy” taste, for a burnt taste. I suggest brewing some espresso from the Gold and the Pienaroma side-by-side and tasting them at the same time. You’ll appreciate this taste is missing in the Pienaroma, I suspect, and after that the Pienaroma will taste “flat” for straight espresso. Summary: if you don’t drink espresso, stick with the Pienaroma as it is more economical and is a fantastic coffee. If you like espresso, give the Gold a shot and see what you think.
Disclaimer: I’m not a professional food taster, so all of the above is just one person’s opinion. Surely you know what they say about opinions…
If cost were not a limiting factor, I would go back to the Illy. Unfortunately, the Illy costs quite a bit more than the Lavazza blends. That said, as I finish up the Gold beans in the cupboard, I will either go back to the Lavazza Tierra or maybe try another Lavazza blend.
Lavazza Gold Espresso beans
There were a lot of comments about Starbucks burned taste of their espresso, and how smooth this one is in comparison. I would have to agree that it is a lot smoother. I spent a month in Italy a few years ago (the reason I bought an espresso machine when I got back) and, I have to say, the coffee made with these beans is very very close to what I learned to love over there. The taste is much more complex than the Starbucks. Rather than just having a very strong, intense flavor and taste, you can taste more complexity in the flavors of the Lavazza Gold.
While it is more expensive than the Starbucks, I feel that it is worth it. I may try one or two of the other Lavazza beans just to see, but I am very happy with this one after about a month of using it for a couple of espressos or cappuccinos a day.
Not bad but prefer the Supercrema better
When you use it with the right grinder and the right espresso machine to achieve a 30-seconds double shot you get incredible amount of crema and superb taste!
Amazon shipping was super fast too!!