Lavazza Coffee Guide For Beginners

Lavazza is an Italian coffee roaster based in Turin. They produce various coffees, including espresso blends, decaf blends, and cappuccinos.

They have a strong focus on quality and sustainability, and they were the first roaster to use 100% Arabica beans in their blends. Their coffees are available in more than 40 countries around the world.

Lavazza coffee beans are divided into two categories: those in red bags and those in blue bags. Lavazza red is more commonly found in cash and carry supermarkets and high street stores.

Lavazza blue is a higher-end range aimed at coffee shops, restaurants, and hotels, among other places.

We only recommend the Lavazza blue range so this article will cover that. Some newer blends, such as Alteco and Brasile Arabica, are also available in colored bags.

Lavazza Coffee Guide

1. Lavazza Super Crema

Super Crema has always been our best-selling coffee bean because it provides the best value for money. It’s also a bit of an all-rounder in that you can use it to make almost any type of coffee, and it will still work.

For example, if you make espresso with it, you’ll get a thick crema (as the name suggests), but if you make a long latte with two sugars and a shot of caramel syrup, it will still taste like coffee, unlike some other blends that become overpowered.

Super Crema is made with washed Brazilian coffee beans for depth and other varieties from Central America and Indonesia for its creamy texture.

As expected, it’s medium roasted, so it’s neither too mild nor burnt and bitter.

We recommend this blend if you’re looking for Lavazza coffee beans unless you have a specific reason to use something else.

2. Lavazza Grand Espresso

This is one of the best-selling books in the United Kingdom. It is medium roasted and made from Central American, Highland South American, and Asian beans to produce a coffee with a stronger than average flavor.

In addition, the roasting process brings out hints of spice and chocolate. It’s suitable for almost all espresso-based coffee drinks, but it’s especially good for straight espresso or macchiatos, as are all Lavazza blue coffee beans.

3. Lavazza Tierra

Lavazza does not sell Fairtrade coffee because they prefer to control where their money goes and do things their way.

Lavazza Tierra is a sustainable development project that combines product quality with better living conditions for three small-scale coffee-growing communities.

They have identified three disadvantaged coffee-producing communities in Honduras, Colombia, and Peru and then provided technical assistance to make their farms sustainable.

The communities are located at medium to high elevations and grow only Arabica beans, resulting in a blend that, on paper, is about as good as it gets.

This project gives Tierra beans a feel-good factor, even if they are not Fairtrade. This is further strengthened because Tierra mix contains 30 percent Rainforest Alliance certified beans.

According to Lavazza, this blend is made up of Arabica mild beans from Central and South America, with the aroma and intense, licorice flavors of Central American coffee beans combined with the delicate acidic aroma of South American beans. Crema that is mellow and thick.

Most people on coffee forums and social media seem to agree that it has a dark and high-roasted flavor that goes well with drinks like macchiatos, flat whites, and cortados.

However, if you’re looking for an espresso, the Super Crema will do the job just as well but at a lower price, unless you value its ethical credentials more.

It’s a seriously good coffee, but its taste has divided coffee drinkers, so we’d recommend giving it a try before committing to larger quantities in case it’s not your cup of tea (apologies).

4. Lavazza Crema e Aroma

This is similar to Super Crema in taste and price but slightly lighter and fruitier aftertaste. It is made with Robusta and Arabica beans, as are many other blends. However, unlike some other blends, the Robusta beans are high quality, while the Arabicas mix is washed and unwashed.

This is the closest thing to Super Crema in the Lavazza range, with a classy flavor that you’d expect from a much more expensive blend.

It has a strong flavor, owing to the presence of Robusta, and is, therefore, a good choice for coffees served with flavoring syrups and iced coffee. This one is also medium roasted.

5. Lavazza Gold Selection

Gold Selection is a very special coffee in the world of coffee. We’ve used it several times and found it the highest quality coffee in the Lavazza line.

The consensus on the internet appears to support this, and we know that Lavazza recommends this coffee highly and for a good reason.

You can do pretty much anything to it, like the Super Crema, and it will still taste like good coffee – even if you load it with a lot of milk and sugar, flavoring syrups, and so on, the flavor of the coffee is never overpowered.

This one strikes a nice balance in that it also tastes good as espresso, though it works especially well with milk.

The beans blend natural and washed coffee beans grown on carefully selected plantations in Brazil, Central America, and Asia.

These plantations were chosen for their ability to produce sweet coffees, resulting in a rounded and well-balanced flavor.

Lavazza claims a chocolaty aftertaste with this, but that doesn’t do it justice – the slight taste of chocolate is present, but it’s one of those that you have to try to appreciate.

It’s not the most expensive option in the lineup, but it might be the best value.

Not as heavy as the Crema e Aroma or Tierra, and again, medium roasted like most Lavazza blends.

6. Lavazza Top Class

This one has a flavor that falls somewhere between the Tierra and the Gold Selection, with a chocolaty aftertaste and a heavier body and stronger taste than the Super Crema.

It has what many people describe as a “continental flavor” (whatever that is!) and is unquestionably one of the strongest in the Lavazza lineup.

This one’s beans are sourced worldwide, with sweeter beans coming from Asia and milds from Central America and Brazil. It’s medium roasted and appears to work best in shorter coffee drinks like ristretto, espresso, flat white, cortado, and macchiato.

We have many customers who have spent time in Italy, Spain, and Greece in the past and insist on Top Class because it is closer to the taste that they have grown accustomed to.

7. Lavazza Gran Riserva

Known for its steady, silky crème and rich, balanced aroma, Lavazza Gran Riserva is an exclusive coffee mix produced by Lavazza.

It features subtle, liqueur-like flavors and a sweet, powerful, and long-lasting aftertaste that lingers in the mouth.

Using beans from the Cerrado, Mogiana, and South Minas regions of Brazil and washed beans from Colombia and Guatemala, Gran Riserva was created with skill and precision.

Adding Indian Cru Kaapi Royale to the blend completes the flavor profile and gives this incredible coffee a deep and distinct flavor.

8. Lavazza Dek Beans

This is a little harsh in the case of Lavazza Dek since, even though it is decaf and so overlooked by coffee connoisseurs, it is a genuinely excellent coffee in and of itself.

Lavazza Dek is a water-processed decaffeinated coffee, which means it hasn’t been through a decaf process that uses harsh chemicals and thus doesn’t have the unpleasant aftertaste that gave decaf a bad reputation.

It’s also made with 100 percent Arabica coffee beans, so it has a good crema and the aroma and flavor of a premium brand coffee.

Because the Arabica content is especially well suited for espresso-based drinks with a high milk content, such as lattes and cappuccinos, it also works well with flavoring syrups.

We hope this list of blends aids you in selecting the best Lavazza coffee beans for you.

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