Lavazza ”Espresso Barista Gran Crema”—pretty average

Sorry for the two week silence! There are two reasons for it.

First, I’ve been busy with my other writing projects.

Second, I’ve been trying to figure out something positive to say about this espresso blend: Espresso Barista Gran Crema from Lavazza.

Today, however, I decided to give up. In my opinion, it is not very good.

As could be expected from an Italian coffee product, the bag description is pretty concise. Basically, the company only states this:

A selection of exquisite blends, gently roasted to enjoy the aroma and creamy texture of authentic Italian espresso.

They add:

  • velvety and balanced
  • roasting: medium
  • intensity: 7/10
  • body: full

As far as the roasting, intensity and body are concerned, the description sounds about right. Flavor-wise, however, Espresso Barista was kind of boring. It was rather full-flavored, indeed, but I found it difficult to determine what the actual flavors were; it was kind of bitter and savory, but I was unable to describe these attributes further. It didn’t taste chocolatey, but it was not nutty, either. What about ”velvety” or ”balanced”, then? No, most definitely not.

Now, I do like the fact that there are many different Italian espresso blends to choose from. I also like many Lavazza products. However, considering that they do a much better job with blends like the quintessentially Italian Qualità Oro or the savory ¡Tierra! Bio Organic, I don’t see why anyone would want to buy Espresso Barista.

It’s pretty average, after all.


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