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Italy's Favorite Coffee
Lavazza Gran Crema Espresso
Rich and intense flavor and a velvety crema
Single Dose Pods (Pack of 150)
Ideal for espresso, but also suitable for use in all types of coffee makers.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I bought these to use with a Handpresso portable espresso maker. The first few shots that I made came out a bit too quickly (as others have mentioned) and had a slightly wattery taste with very little crema.
THIS ISSUE CAN BE RESOLVED!
After the first few shots, I decided to add some additional tamping pressure to the pod by pressing down on it with a solid object (I found that a mason jar or coffee mug both worked great) with the hopes that this would increase brewing time and provide a more satisfying shot.
It worked, and now my shots come out perfect, with good flavor and tons of crema. I have to give these pods four stars for the poor tamping, but fortunately this is something that can be resolved quite easily.
Great Espresso Pod. I use it with my Breville 800. Good flavor, and its quick and easy to dispose. At first I was running into problems with the pod but followed anothers advice and now it works great. You need to wet the pod filter first, then put the pod in and tamp it down. The moisture on the filter helps hold the pod down. Other than that it works great. Buy with subscribtion and save...
Lavazza makes a fantastic coffee; however, these pods, designated ESE, do not work well with my Francis! Francis! ESE espresso maker. In comparison, it takes an average of 20-22 seconds to pull a shot with the illy ESE pods. These Lavazza pods take, on average, 5-8 seconds -- way too fast! (Maybe the coffee is not packed well enough inside the pods?)
When in Italy (and here at home), I drink a lot of illy and Lavazza, but, sorry to disappoint, these pods were not up to par! Of course, if you're in a rush in the morning, maybe shaving off 15 seconds is a good thing!
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