|Roaster Location:||Turin, Italy|
|Coffee Origin:||Not disclosed.|
|Review Date:||January 2003|
Blind Assessment: Reader "Cynmar69" reports this espresso blend "has a true coffee taste, ...smooth and flavorsome unlike most burnt flavored coffees." I found it full-bodied and fat on thetongue, with the kind of pleasantly fermented fruit tones that suggest chocolate-covered cherries.A shimmer of sharp acidity is balanced by sweetness. The finish is clean, rich and chocolaty.Slightly disappointing in small milk, where the coffee seems to simplify without softening, but inlarger milk the fruit and chocolate tones bloom nicely. The preground, canned format doubtlessaccounts for the subdued aroma.
Notes: Lavazza is one of the world's leading suppliers of espresso coffees. This all-arabica blendis presented canned and pre-ground for espresso brewing. The fine grind prevents obtaining ameaningful comparative Agtron roast color reading, but by American standards this is a very lightroasted espresso blend that achieves its character by blending naturally sweet coffees rather thanby roasting acidy coffees dark. Like all of Lavazza's coffees, this blend is roasted and packed inItaly. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Complete absence of bitter tones and a shimmer of bright fruitiness makesthis an unusual espresso for America, where somewhat darker-roasted, more bittersweet blendsare the norm. If you take your espresso cuisine without sweetener or find American espressoblends overbearing in their bitterness, try this one.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2003 tasting report: Readers' Choices Round Two