There are many reasons we choose the coffee we do. Some people simply focus on taste, while others consider factors like the environmental impact that a specific coffee brand has or the treatment of its farmers.
Having been around since 1895, Lavazza has had plenty of time to become known as one of the world’s leading providers in coffee. They even estimate that 80% of people in their native country of Italy drink their product.
So, which Lavazza beans are your best option? Here, we’ll explore a few of their top offerings. We hope that these reviews, along with our handy buyer’s guide, help you find that perfect cup of Lavazza coffee.
|Best Overall||Lavazza Super Crema||
|Best For Espresso||Lavazza Gran Espresso||
|Lavazza Qualita Oro||
|Best Decaf||Lavazza Dek||
|Lavazza Crema e Gusto||
We’re starting with an espresso roast because when you think of Italian coffee, you think of espresso. You also think of Lavazza, so it is a perfect marriage between the two.
The Super Crema is a dark roast meant to be brewed as espresso, but it also makes a wonderful cup of drip coffee. It is not too acidic and has a wonderful balance and body. Aromatically, you’ll detect notes of hazelnut and brown sugar. This leads to wonderful flavors of honey, almonds, and dried fruits (apricots and cherries).
We love the versatility that this coffee offers — sometimes, you want a little more volume than a shot of espresso or something not as strong, and this coffee bean also makes a wonderful cold brew.
Also, just as a heads up, some shipments have rocks in the bag. This is actually a common occurrence in the coffee world, so don’t let it fool you about the quality of the coffee, just keep an eye out!
If you’re looking for an intense coffee drink, then saddle up, because Lavazza’s Gran Espresso beans are powerful. This bean was roasted with espresso specifically in mind, more so than our top pick, which makes it a great choice if you’re an espresso lover.
When you extract a shot of this coffee, you’ll immediately notice smoky aromas and dark, oaky flavors. This is an even-bodied shot that carries itself the whole way through the experience.
This coffee works best for espresso, so it’s not quite as versatile as our top pick. Still, if you like intense, dark beans, it could be for you.
The Qualita Oro provides a delicate coffee drink that is a smooth morning cup or great for after dinner. More light and fruity than its espresso-centric counterparts, this bean will hit you with wonderful aromatics as the fruity finish washes down your palate.
This coffee brews wonderfully on drip, and if you are an adventurous espresso drinker, you can get wonderful results there as well, but know that it is a bit more finicky than our first two picks and will come out a bit spicier due to the roast and the beans themselves. This is not to say it is bad, but it is certainly different.
We often see roasters try to make decaf coffees that mimic their caffeinated counterparts with little success because it’s so hard to replicate the flavor in a bean that has been fundamentally altered.
Lavazza, with its years of experience, knows this, so it has gone the smart route and roasted specifically for decaf. You will not find an intense, big-tasting shot of espresso here, but instead, a light, floral, fruity output. It holds up surprisingly well as espresso, if you are into lighter roasts, and really shines via a drip coffee maker or even a Chemex.
Not only is this Lavazza’s best decaf option, but it’s one of the best decaf options on the market, period.
This is a great and cute pick and very Italian. Lavazza Crema e Gusto ground coffee is their tin can output and meant to be used with a Moka pot — the perfect Italian coffee for the perfect Italian maker.
This coffee is less defined than the others, more diner style. It has a spicy and earthy aromatic with hidden notes, but mostly, it just tastes like coffee.
Buying within a brand can be simple because you just need to pinpoint what you like, and Lavazza makes it easy to do so. As they are known for their espresso, you really can’t go wrong with either the Super Crema or the Gran Espresso.
The way you shop for coffee depends on the type of coffee drinker you are. If you only drink espresso, you’ll be fine with the Gran Espresso. If you want to switch it up without changing beans, then we recommend the Super Crema, as it works equally well in drip and espresso machines.
And of course, we can’t forget about the people who like a lighter morning cup. Lavazza has it all, so you will be thrilled with their Qualita Oro.
When you buy a bag of Lavazza, you’re buying a piece of Italian history — a family business turned into a national one. Whether you choose our top pick, the dark and well-balanced Super Crema, or the smoky, complex Gran Espresso, you can count on the fact that something good will happen when you put these beans into your machine.
With such a wonderful array of products, you can do almost anything in the world of Lavazza. Of course, that makes it more difficult to choose the right one for you. That’s why we’re here. We hope these detailed reviews, plus the quick buyer’s guide, help you find joy at the bottom of every cup of coffee.
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