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There is nothing better than starting the day with a steaming cup of strong, delicious tasting and lovely smelling coffee in my opinion. I am a bit of a coffee snob (no instant, ever) and only drink French press coffee made at home, so I have worked my way through many different blends of ground coffee.
Lavazza Qualita Rossa is one of the best ground coffees I have used. The taste is full bodied and smooth, with a delicious depth that is very welcome every morning. To make my perfect cup, I use two scoops of the coffee in a single serving Bodum coffee press, or three/ four scoops in the larger press (I do like it strong!). Stir and then leave for 4-5 minutes and you have the perfect coffee.
The Lavazza coffee is available in most supermarkets, so it is really easy to get hold of. Although it is not the cheapest coffee out there, normally about £3-3.50 a pack it is definitely worth it. Life is too short for bad coffee in my opinion! You can also often get it on off for two packs for £5.
If you try this I really doubt you will go back! Totally delicious.
A friend of mine got a sample of this Lavazza Qualita Rossa freshly ground coffee in a posh newspaper or magazine of his and decided to let me have it since he is not a huge coffee fan. I had never tried this coffee brand before now, but instantly recognised the branding and packaging from supermarket shelves.
The brand 'Lavazza' stems from original creator Luigi Lavazza, an Italian manufacturer of coffee products, which was originally founded in Turin in 1895 and initially run from a small grocery store. It is known and advertised as "Italy's Favourite Coffee". The product comes in a bright and stand out packaging made up of a red and silver foil, the pack looks very stylish yet simple and is easy to read with no nonsense. The foil packaging is easy to seal back up and so your coffee stays fresh for longer.
I make this coffee in my Bodum coffee plunger, adding a good few heaped tablespoons of the coffee grains to the jar and add just off the boil water, stirring and then leaving to rest for a few minutes. Once the coffee has settled I plunge the grains to the bottom of the jar and pour out my coffee. I always add a splash of milk to my coffee, whether it is fresh or not.
On the three occasions I had this coffee I really enjoyed its intensity and boldness, I did not enjoy however, the amount of residue and gloop that was left in my cup. Now I know that some coffee grains escape the filter but this was more so than I was used to and ruined the end of my coffee breaks really. I know it was not my Bodum as I use it quite frequently with similar amounts of ground coffee and haven't had the same problem. This just seems to be a case of a VERY fine grained Italian coffee!
This coffee is very strong and bold tasting, so is not for the fainthearted; in fact this is just the type of coffee intensity that I crave of a morning. The blend contains 30% Robusta and 70% Arabica beans and is a medium roast coffee. These beans are what give it its kick and full bodied flavour. I would say that this Lavazza coffee does have quite a unique taste to it; I have not had such a strong and intensely flavoured ground coffee before, bar in Egypt.
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I would have to agree on all the above ratings, this is not a sweet coffee drink in the slightest. It has a lovely rich and full bodied smell to it which is divine first thing in the morning. I could not drink more than one or two cups of this a day, but as a pick me up and boost in the morning you won't find any better coffee in the shops.
This is suitable for all coffee makers and is available in café's as well as supermarkets priced at £5.69 for 2 x 250g packets. So all in all I am going to be quite harsh with this coffee and give it 3 out of 5 stars, I really do not think it is suitable for all coffee makers and it is slightly too strong for me. However I can appreciate a good coffee's taste and quality.
When I buy ground coffee, I pretty much stick to Lavazza religiously. I have never, thus far, chosen another brand over it and I don't think I will. It seems to have everything going for it. From over 100 years of history to the wonderful taste.
It comes wrapped only in foil, in red and silver. The packaging I think looks really nice and simple, letting the coffee speak for itself. It is uncluttered and classy looking, perfect for an Italian coffee! It is tightly vacuum packed to retain freshness and opening it is not too tricky, though care should be taken as it is quite easy to spill! I carefully snip the top of the pack with scissors then work one of the scissor blades inside, cutting along to remove the entire top before transferring it to my airtight storage container. It will stay fresh up to 3 weeks if kept in the fridge in an opaque and airtight tub, but I keep ours in the cupboard above our filter machine; it lasts about a week before the tub is empty and stays perfectly fresh and delicious during this time.
It costs £2.91 in Morrisons and Tesco for 250g, but you can buy a double pack for just over £5. We will buy the double pack if we're feeling flush, as a single pack will last us the week but obviously the double offers better value. It can be used with any and all coffee machines that take grounds including filter machines, espresso pots, espresso machines and cafetieres.
It is classed as a medium roast, with high intensity, full body and a strong aroma. This all I can agree with. I love to brew this in the morning, especially on the weekend, as the smell sticks around for ages. It has a very strong, smooth flavour but is not overpowering and is very easy to drink at any time of the day. It doesn't leave a bitter aftertaste in your mouth either, or that horrible sticky coated feeling you can get with some coffee. I take my coffee with milk only, but have drank many an espresso made with this, and it's lovely. It's just right for my taste, and this is why I have no plans to change to any other brand.
It's also worth mentioning that I do not suffer headaches if I drink a lot of this, whereas I do with instant coffee. I know I drink more than is recommended but this is still an advantage for me. I would definitely recommended this coffee if you haven't tried it already. Although it is full bodied and quite intense it is smooth and, with milk added, quite mellow. A great coffee for any time of day, and there's nothing whatsoever I can pick at with this one!
Earlier today I bought a packet of Lavazza Rossa ground coffee and immediately thought to review it, as soon as I'd drunk one espresso. I'll start off by saying that it is without question the best ground beans I've tried - and in the last month I've had Monmouth coffee at home, as well as fresh-ground coffee from As Nature Intended.
Lavazza is, according to the packaging, Italy's Favourite Coffee - whether this is by quality, quantity or survey I don't know but I wouldn't be surprised if it was all 3. This coffee is suitable for all types of coffee makers - cafetieres, drips, stove-tops, or espresso machines. I use a machine. As in the Dooyoo picture, the packaging is a distinct red and is a vacuum-packed foil bag. I got the 250g (~9oz) bag to try out, and I wouldn't recommend getting a larger single bag as ground coffee loses its quality after a couple of weeks after opening. There are apparently dual packs of 250g bags available with a slight bulk discount, though. I paid £2.89 in Waitrose which I'm assured is the same as in Tesco.
This coffee is a medium roast according to the packet, though like another reviewer found I wouldn't really want to find out what a dark roast is according to Lavazza! This coffee is very intense and rich - for me it's just right. Lavazza have a small chart on the back of its coffee bags to show the strength of aroma, body & intensity of each type of coffee. Qualita Rossa has 4 'beans' for aroma and body, and 5 for intensity. I'm not much of a coffee buff but I agree with Lavazza with that - the aroma and body are excellent but the taste is on another level.
The bag being vacuum-packed for freshness, it takes some careful & skilled wielding of a pair of scissors to open the bag to tip the coffee out - I hate spilling ground coffee, its a pain to clear up - but once you do you're hit with a simply gorgeous smell of the coffee within. First reaction - OH MY GOD switch on the espresso machine I MUST TRY THIS NOW. It really does smell good. If you think a new jar of Gold Blend smells good then just get a whiff of this!
The coffee is ground very, very fine - I suppose to make it suitable for all methods of brewing coffee, though its the finest I've used in a while. This is good though as it generates a better espresso out of an espresso machine, as far as my experience goes. As soon as it started to dispense through the filter, I could see how thick my espresso was going to be, and how lovely the crema would be as well. I was delighted, really really delighted (could you not tell already?) by the smell and the taste of a fresh espresso made with this Qualita Rossa coffee. The coffee is much more thick than many, and is both rich and just a generally lovely flavour.
Since, I've made a latté with it as well, and was equally impressed by that - some coffees can get lost in a cups-worth of hot milk but this was a better coffee flavoured latté than most.
So in my view, this coffee is excellent and the best I've tried. Next time I may try an alternative Lavazza coffee type, though I wouldn't be surprised if I stick to this in future. Mmm. Also, it is excellent value as ground coffee goes. I can't see any reason for me to go to a Starbucks etc, this is simply better, even with my cheapo home espresso machine. Great, great product.
Lavazza is Italian. I deduce this from two sources:
1) The packet says "Italy's favourite coffee" and 2) because www.lavazza.com is written entirely in Italian! The website does have a few indications about the company. I can translate a couple of words such as Tradition of quality and Social responsibility if that helps! (Tradizione per la qualite and responsibilita sociale!) I have managed to discern from the packaging that Lavazza have behind them over a century of passion, experience, research and innovation - that's ok then.
Somehow the fact that our coffee is either French or Italian reassures us that it is discerning in quality, and in this case I agree.
No - not me - the coffee! Qualita Rossa is described as rich and full bodied. It is evenly roasted and fine ground for espresso pot or cafetiere. It is described as Medium roast which considering its intensity makes me wonder what a dark roast must be! This blend is awarded 5 beans for intensity - it is vibrant and strong without being heavy and you get a real buzz of flavour without the bitterness. It has a lovely crema top through which to taste the more dense, rich flavour.
Four beans for aroma is also fair. The coffee is solidly vacuum packed to prevent the growth of microorganisms, such that you need to be skilled with scissors in order to fight your way in. Once opened a stunning aroma is released like an explosion of coffee beans. It is pungent and strong but soon settles into a sweeter burnt flavour. It is finely ground almost to the consistency of icing sugar and moulds to your scoop as you drop it into your machine.
The coffee, now exposed to the air, needs to be decanted into a sealed canister - preferably an opaque one. The packet can't be re-sealed but if you decant and keep in the fridge it should keep fresh for up to 3 weeks.
**Wine tasting test**
I didn't understand what was meant by the body of coffee until I began using an espresso machine rather than a cafetiere. Just as a red wine has thinner or fuller textures, so does coffee. This blend has an even fullness to its taste - an almost thickness about it even before you add milk which is really satisfying and almost defies the need for an accompanying biscuit!
Distinctivity (new word for today!)
The packaging for this coffee is bright red and with a foil nature to the name label. Once used you will have no trouble spotting it on the shelf. As mentioned the pack is very tightly sealed so that the coffee remains a solid block within.
Qualita Rossa is caffeinated coffee. The strength of the flavour means that you feel you have had a "fix" whether caffeinated or not! The only problem here is that if you try to limit your intake and alternate with de-caff you have quite a bit to get through in your 3 weeks. There are 250g or 8.8oz in a bag - so if you are having trouble consuming it all you'll have to have a coffee morning (... you can always send the earnings to my Race for Life account!!!)
Tesco and Asda and Sainsbury and Ocada are all in agreement: £2.67 or £4.82 for two. Beans to grind yourself: £3.38.
Torino or Middlesex?
If you have a problem or need more information from Lavazza you can visit or write in your best Italian to:
Luiga Lavazza S.p.A, C.so Novara, 59, 10154 Torino, Italia.
Or, alternatively to
Lavazza coffee (uk) ltd, 2nd floor, 36, Windsor Street, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1AB.
Hope this has been useful. Am off to brew a pot now (instructions also on the packet if you haven't mastered your machine or cafetiere yet!)
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I am a creatre of habit to a certain degree, having reached the ripe old age of.....lets not go there....I have finally discovered perfection. The very best coffee to have in the morning to get ya really going.
I have to admit, the only reason I tried Lavazza q*alita Rossa is becase Waitrose had sold o8t of the black packet one, think its called Expresso, and made with 100% arabica beans and cost aro8nd 30% more per pack at the time.
Lavazza is in my opinion a strong coffee, I like my coffee to be strong, very very little milk and sweet. Not to everyones taste, bt I was raised by Northern Italians and thats how we like it (bold sweeping statement abot all Northern Italians!) As its so strong, its important not to have any bitterness whatsoever. This coffee has a rich chocolatly flavor. A rich sweet aroma whafts from the coffee maker. I always make filter coffee, however Rossa is s8itable for all types of coffee maker, cafatiers, espresso machine etc.
I warn ya, this is a s8perior coffee, and once switched from whatever one has 8sed int he past, like me one will be hooked. To my h8bbys dispair and increased shopping bill. He has many many times broght home varios great q8ality coffee that has been on special offer. To his dispair, always ended being binned. So very false economy.
Cost wise, I generally get the 2 pack, at the moment its priced at £4.82 in Tesco and Waitrose. Does occationally go on offer, bt only £1 off or something, b8t stock the c8pboard, its well worth it. I make and take coffee to work with me, rather than spend £2.00 on a med paper c8p in a coffee shop....so clearly SAVING money over all??!!
In my opinion, the best most f8ll flavored rich coffee on the market.
I love this coffee. For me, the roasted chocolatey-nutty aroma filling the kitchen makes Lavazza Rosso the only coffee likely to bring a smile to my face on a gloomy rainy morning. This coffee is rich and full-flavoured without the bitterness you sometimes get with espresso coffees.
It's suitable for coffee machines and cafetieres but I like it steaming and gurgling away in an old Italian stove-top espresso pot of a morning. Then the hardest decision that early in the day is whether to have the wicked caffeine kick from a tiny cup of intense, dark espresso where you can really taste the rich, roasted flavour (and it has that little beige swirl of "crema" on the top - the sure sign of real espresso that Italians swear by), or whether to go for a big comforting mug of latte.
Personally, I'm a latte fiend and I've tried various brands of coffees over the years, some very expensive, but none as good in the flavour department as Lavazza Rossa, which I now stick to religiously.
It's great value - a 250g pack lasts for a couple of weeks and costs about £2.75, although I usually go for the twin packs (not the huge packs because the coffee stays freshest for about 3 weeks after the pack is opened, then starts to lose flavour). The twin pack of 2 x 250g will usually be about £4.75. That's a lot of happy mornings for the money!
Having indulged myself last Christmas and splurged out on a smart Gaggia espresso machine, I have now worked my way through most of the better coffees on the market and I can honestly say, although not the most expensive, I actually like this genuine Italian coffee, Lavazza Qualita Rossa, the best.
In a helpfully distinctive red and silver foil packet, it is easy to spot on the supermarket shelf (always a plus point for me!). Although not specifically designed for espresso machines (there is also a Lavazzo Espresso blend in a black box), this coffee is clearly labelled as being suitable for all types of coffee maker and it certainly works well in my Italian beast!
Within a few minutes of heating up, my machine pumps out a divine steaming dark brown full bodied coffee with a perfect 'crema' (the floaty white layer on the top of a freshly made coffee). The taste is true Italian without any hint of bitterness and the smell alone, as it wafts round the house, is enough to keep me addicted.
Sadly, because of my addiction (!) my Lavazzo doesn't last me long - but I do pop it in the fridge to keep it fresh.
Cost: £2.75 (available most supermarkets)
Summary: Great coffee, good price
My excuse for beginning each day with a pot of Lavazza coffee is that I inherited low blood pressure from my mother. If I didn't employ the stimulant properties of this tasty brew every morning I'd probably find it impossible to remain upright. (Although I've been a caffeine addict for so long now my body may well have adjusted to compensate.)
After trying every brand of coffee known to man I have settled on this particular variety of Lavazza as my favourite. I like the simple foil packaging as you know instantly whether the seal has been broken (if air has entered the pack feels soft when you pick it up). The packet slots easily into the fridge door and with the top folded over after opening and clamped shut with a simple clothes peg (nothing if not stylish!) it keeps its freshness admirably.
I like to use a stove-top pot to make my coffee and I find I get the best flavour when I brew my Lavazza in pretty concentrated form then dilute it with hot water in the cup until it reaches the exact strength I like.
The taste is the best thing about it of course. It has quite a distinctive powerful flavour with a pleasant chocolatey aspect to it but without any of the bitterness that stronger coffees sometimes have.
I don't know what I'd do without my Lavazza in the mornings. If you like coffee it's definitely worth trying - but be careful as it seems to have addictive properties.
Following on from the review of our coffee machine, I thought it best to go into laborious detail about what we put in it. Actually, it won't be that laborious. It's coffee - what can you say. Besides, my taste buds have been annihilated by fags so I'm not even that discerning.
Lavazza Qualita Rosa is my first choice coffee. Well, Illy is actually I suppose but it costs twice as much even if it does come in a nice tin. I have been using it for over 4 years, though I occasionally use other brands just to confirm my suspicion that Lavazza is the best.
Lavazza is an Italian job and is drunk widely in the coffee shops throughout the country. It has a long history which you can see at the website (http://www.lavazza.com/). It has been available in the UK for many moons and has established itself as the No. 1 espresso coffee in the UK for those with coffee at heart. That is a made-up fact by myself and in no way reflects empirical reality.
Qualita Rosa is a mixture of African and South American beans with a medium roast. It is 'middle-range' in terms of Lavazza quality, containing a 30:70 ratio of Robusta to Arabica coffee. Sounds cool, whatever it means.
Packaging is very important to coffee as it's a bugger to carry around loose. Lavazza have put freshness at the heart of their product and it comes foil wrapped with all the air sucked out of it. When you pierce the pack it sort of pops as the vacuum inflates with air. It's kinda cool. Having said that, it's also kinda messy. There is no re-seal mechanism so you do need to transfer it to something airtight and it invariably gets spilled on the way. My wife goes mad because our worktops are covered in the fine powder which leaves brown stains the moment it contacts water. I, of course, don't notice this.
Lavazza is very finely ground - almost to the same grade as flour. It is a dark, dark, dark colour - almost black. When you put it in the machines, it holds its shape and is almost mouldable. The aroma is intense and mouth-watering with that slightly bitter scent that catches the nose with overtones of chocolate . What a poncey thing to write.
Always reliable and never disappoints. Of course, you vary the taste by strength but this never tastes weak if you put it through an espresso machine. If you use it as a filter coffee it doesn't get the same strength but is still worth it. The coffee comes out black and thick with a rich light brown crema that floats on the top. This is the froth that makes it look so inviting. The taste is smooth and luxurious. The bitterness seems to evaporate and you are left with a very pleasing and rich taste. Yummy.
There must be some drawbacks?
Well, there are more expensive coffees, Illy for one, which would be my first choice but they do not justify the price hike. Qualita Rosa seems pitched just right and I think to even notice a huge difference to the more expensive alternatives you would have to have the senses of a sniffer dog.
Lavazza makes a lot of varieties, including decaffeinated and most varieties are available as beans to grind yourself. I have not tried many of the other varieties other than than 'Gust and Crema' which I think translates as 'Strong and creamy' which I brought back from Italy en mass. This is available in the UK and is slightly better than Qualita Rosa but not much difference.
Anyway, the shaking is beginning to get stronger so I need a cup now.
Thanks for reading.
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I tried lavazza coffee during exam time and would have say that it really does the trick in keeping you buzzing for hours afterwards. It has a chocolatey aftertaste which makes it very pleasant. But if you consume too much of it, the caffeine effect wears off, so its recommended to alternative between tea and coffee.
It tastes great with buttered brown toast and eggs.
Try not to use more than one desertspoon per mug or tastes yuck (I keep doing it!!!).
The packaging is air vacuumed to maintain freshness but once opened it can get messy. You need to put the coffee in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge.
I am such a fan of Lavazza coffee and instead of paying high street prices I began buying in large quantities and sell to friends. One of my friends mentioned to me why don't you offer this discount to coffee drinkers on ebay. You can see my range by searching Lavazza coffee. The prices are very reasonable, starting at £8.50 for Lavazza Rosso Beans and £9.25 for Lavazza Super Crema Beans. You are also able to buy 6 x 1kg box for £52.00, a saving of £14.00 off the manufacturers recommended retail price. How about buying a box or two and sharing between friends as I used to do.
I love coffee. I can manage instant some of the time, but you just can't beat freshly brewed coffee in the morning.
Increasingly, my local Tesco is expanding its range. I spot new ones every week.... Extra caffeine, no caffeine, caramel flavoured, organic, fair trade and so on. Yeah, thats great, more choice, but isn't it really a case of Tesco jumping on the Starbucks and Costa bandwagon?
You see, going into a trendy coffee shop gets me a bit embarrassed. I don't 'do' latte, or any of the other 'language-imports' that everyone yet me seems to be so fluent in.
I just want good quality fresh, black coffee. I always feel like I've let everyone down when I ask for this.
So, be it a high street coffee shop, or in the comfort of my own home, I always appreciate a good coffee with no frills or spills!
Lavazza has been my choice now for about six years. It is suitable for any type of coffee maker, however I opt for a cafetiere (plunger style) pot.
Lavazza do a few different varieties. The one I am specifically referring to is the "Quality Rossa", the one in a silver and red pack.
The vacuum packaging is so tight, that the pack feels like a brick. Once open, the aroma gets all around the kitchen; Awesome!
The coffee itself is a mix of Arabica and Robusta, and is a very fine powder. I prefer these types to the coarse grain powders; the type that just 'sinks' to the bottom of the pot.
With Lavazza, even after letting it stand for five minutes, you can feel the resistance when you 'plunge' the filter. At this point, you just know its gonna be good!
This is a lovely, strong flavoured coffee, its deep black, with a slight brown swirling froth. Certain to meet with approval from all coffee fans.
To be quite simple, it is just really good ground coffee.
The best thing about Lavazza is the price.
A 250g pack costs £1.98 in Tesco, which I think is great value for two reasons.
Firstly, Lavazza is a global, premium brand, a well-respected producer, and secondly; it comes in pack sizes 10% bigger than the others, including the store own-brand. Virtually every other pack of coffee you see is a 227g, and many of these are over £2, with Tesco own brand being around £1.80 depending on the variety. So at £2 for 250g, Lavazza offers great comparitive value....
Occassionally, I see it in other shops in a twin 2 X 250g pack, which can mean even better value.
Most importantly though, this is GREAT coffee, and deserves a place in everyone's morning routine.
When I wake up the first thing on my mind is COFFEE. I do nothing until that first cup is poured. Without it I cannot start my day. If it's not a proper cup than boy it's gonna be a bad day. I like really strong, quality coffee. After trying many different brands, I have finally (YEAH!!) found my favorite. Lavazza Qualita Rosa, ground coffee. BACKGROUND Lavazza coffee comes from Italy. Luigi Lavazza first invented the concept of the blend in the early 1900's. The concept was the complex art of mixing coffee of different origins to obtain a harmonious and tasty product in the cup. Does sound a bit difficult! PACKAGE Lavazza Qualita Rossa comes in either a single or double pack. The packaging is simple: silver & red with a picture of a coffee cup on the front. The coffee is air sealed very tightly to ensure freshness. STORAGE Once opened I keep my coffee in a sealed container in the refridgerator. This will keep it extra fresh for longer. It is important to keep it sealed as it will absorb other smells from the fridge. PRICE I always but the double pack as it is a better value. The double pack costs £3.69 and the single will set you back £1.99. One pack will last me and hubby 2 weeks. TASTE It really tastes strong. The beans are from Africa & South America to give it a distinct taste. There's a hint of chocolate flavour in it. The coffee is black, not light brown like some weak alternatives. The taste is full of flavour with no acidity. A really good brew. DIRECTIONS For each cup add 2 spoonfuls of coffee to the coffee machine. If you like it strong like me, add 3 spoonfuls! Lavazza also make espresso coffee, so if you're not into filter coffee, you could give that a go.
This is the flavor Italians prefer and that is consumed worldwide. It offers a perfect balance of all the characteristics that make a true coffee. Full-bodied and smooth, this blend combines the soul of South America with the heart of Africa. Ideal for breakfast, with milk, bread, cookies, etc..