LavAzza Espresso Perfetto
Dark with hints of caramel
Good brew with a strong espresso taste.
Expensive and hard to find in the states.
There is something about Italian coffee. So strong, balanced, perfected. Their coffee leaves little for improvement but, demands consistency. In fact, much of Italian culture is this way. You’ll never see much in the way of new and exciting things coming from Italy, why should you? Everything is perfect the way it is. You’ll never see Italians reinventing the wheel, and there’s something to be admired in that. Italian coffee is no different. To Italians, their coffee isn’t just the best coffee, it’s made from only the best beans, roasted in the best way, ground the best way, packaged the best way. It is exactly what coffee should taste like. It is the standard that all other coffees are held to… and don’t you dare try to tell an Italian otherwise.
LavAzza Espresso Review: Perfetto
LavAzza isn’t just Italian coffee, it’s the Italian coffee. Sure, Illy might try to argue otherwise, but I’m beginning to suspect that people just buy it for the can. (I’m kidding of course, the two brands almost equally divide the Italian country with both commanding a serious following.)
Lavazza Espresso is known for its full-bodied taste, amazing aroma, and delicious notes. So, naturally when I saw a pack of Perfetto, their strongest roast, I had to grab it. You really just don’t find much from Lavazza in the states and you really don’t find their specialty roasts. Even over here in Europe, I only see them a few times a year when we venture into the bigger groceries.
Here’s what LavAzza Has to say about their Perfecto:
Made from 100% carefully selected Arabica beans, Perfetto is bold with lingering caramel notes. It is roasted a bit longer to produce a “perfect” and characteristically Italian dark flavor profile. The ideal choice for those who love the pure pleasure of espresso roasts. Available in 12 oz packs (ground).
Oh, just a side note. Since my beans for this LavAzza espresso review were purchased in France, your packaging may vary greatly.
You’ll also want to prefer whole beans if you can. LavAzza has to come a long way to get to shelves in the states. Whole beans will preserve their flavor better than grind.
Price line up:
I have to be honest. I can’t line up LavAzza at the price I paid for the beans in this LavAzza espresso review. Becuase, in France, LavAzza coffee costs 2.95 for 250g. That’s 6 US dollars a pound (at the current rates) and only 14 cents a cup. It clearly doesn’t cost that little in the states. I’ll use the standard rate at LavAzza.com so you can get an idea.
Maxwell 28oz $7.44: 8.5 cents a cup
Folgers 10.3oz $3.94: 11.5 cents a cup
McCafe 12oz $5.84: 15.8 cents a cup
Starbucks 20oz $11.98: 19.3 cents a cup
LavAzza Perfetto 12oz 9.99: 26.3 cents a cup
Cafe Britt Coffee 12oz $11.00: 32 cents a cup
What are you getting?
Each vacuum sealed bag comes with 12 ounces of espresso, enough to make about 30 cups of coffee. The beans, while preground were fresh and produced excellent coffee. I would love to sample whole beans from Lavazza, but they tend to be sold in kilo bags here (2.4pounds) and that’s ALOT of coffee. The ground for my Perfetto was very fine, absolutely perfect for a percolator or the Moka pot. It’s too fine to get a good pull from an espresso machine, but that didn’t stop me from trying.
Is LavAzza Coffee sustainable?
Short answer? No. While the company claims to be working towards fair trade, rainforest friendly options for their coffee, they don’t release numbers for their efforts. They do sell some of their coffee under single-origin, fair trade labels, however, they don’t release any data for their efforts on their largest lines. Which, leads us to assume the coffee is sourced from unscrupulous conditions. Although, since the company only released their first sustainability report this year, it’s entirely likely they simply do not have the data to report. Either way, it’s a big black mark on their coffee.
What does it taste like?
I’ll admit it, if it weren’t for this LavAzza espresso Review, I might not have picked this up. This coffee isn’t for the timid. It’s dark, rich, and bold. There is understandably some bitterness along side it’s caramel tones. The espresso is bold enough to stand on its own against milk so it’s perfect in a latte or cappuccino. It’s also great by itself, however, many people would probably find it too strong for a straight shot.
Where can you buy the coffee featured in our LavAzza espresso review?
LavAzza has been expanding its reach in recent years, however, its far from a global brand. You may find LavAzza in your local grocer, but I would check dates for freshness. Online retailers often sell the brand and the packages move quickly enough to be fresh. When I’m stateside, I use Amazon to buy my beans, since it arrives quickly and they return any expired product without question. You also have the option of buying in bulk from coffeeforless.com — which is the cheapest place I can find for coffee.
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