October 6, 2014

Lavazza Classico K-Cups Review

Lavazza classico kcups

We continue our series of Lavazza K-Cup reviews today with the next flavor in the line-up… Lavazza Classico K-Cups. This is billed as medium roast and is supposed to be suited as an everyday coffee which can be enjoyed at any time. Let’s see how this one turns out, shall we?

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in light aromas of smoky hickory tinged with very mild hints of dates & raisins as the coffee cools off. Keurig & Lavazza describe the coffee as having an aroma of dried fruits and while it may not have been evident at first, we did eventually start getting some mild notes after a while.

Billed as a medium-roast with a blend of beans from South America & Africa, flavor was a fairly pleasant mix of dark cocoa up front with a bit of smokiness to it followed quickly by hints of pepper with faint warming notes of red wine and… apples? in the background (it may have been another similar fruit flavor, but we were having difficulty determining exactly what it was). We haven’t seen so much complexity in a flavor since GMCR’s short-lived Colombia Geisha K-Cups and were quite surprised with the final results much like we were then. You go into this thinking you’re going to get an average coffee and come out experiencing a nice multitude of flavor layers which you weren’t expecting at all. Lavazza just cemented themselves even further as our favorite coffee brand with this offering. 

Brewing classico lavazza kcups with keurig20 brewer

Acidity had a nice balanced approach despite the craziness going on in the flavor department as you got a lively & vibrant short sour bite up top which quickly gave way to the plethora of flavors bouncing around in the cup. Body yielded nice sunburst shades of bright oranges, reds & golden yellows which made for nice visuals although given the taste and dried fruit advertising, we were expecting deeper wine-like reds to be present. Mouth feel was silky smooth throughout and held its own against being too watery yet it wasn’t overly oily either. Finish was sweet & slightly dry with a slight lingering cocoa note and smoky flavors in the aftertaste.

  • Aroma – 8 – Light aromas of smoky hickory tinged with a very mild hints of dates & raisins as things cooled off. While the dried fruits aroma described by Keurig & Lavazza might not be as evident as what we were expecting, it did eventually present itself after a while.  
  • Acidity – 10 – Nicely balanced with a lively & vibrant short sour bite up front which gave way to a multitude of flavors bouncing around in the cup.  
  • Body – 8 – Sunburst shades of bright oranges, reds & golden yellows make for a nice visual presentation but given the winey notes in the taste, we were expecting similar wine-like reds to be more prominent.
  • Flavor – 10 – We haven’t seen such a cacophony of flavors since the days of the Colombia Geisha K-Cups (Hey KGM, feel free to bring those back ANYTIME). A fairly pleasant mix of dark cocoa up front with a bit of smokiness gives way to hints of pepper with faint warming notes of red wine and, if we’re not mistaken, apples in the background. It made for a virtual potpourri of flavors swirling around in each sip. Outstanding.
  • Mouth Feel – 10 – Silky smooth throughout without being overly watery or oily. Finish was sweet & slightly dry with slight lingering cocoa notes topped with smoky flavors in the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for medium roast fans who enjoy a smoky/slightly peppery coffee which has a multitude of flavors popping about on their tastebuds. We got everything from dark cocoa to red wine and apples in each sip (again, we’re not sure of this last flavor note). Rich, smooth and complex. You can’t ask for much more in an everyday cup of coffee. If you liked the first flavor in the line-up (Gran Aroma), then you should enjoy this. 

Overall Rating: 96 – Excellent

It appears that once again, Lavazza have proven that they’re just as adept at making outstanding regular-grind coffees as they are at making espresso-grind coffees. With so many competitors on the market and such a wide gamut of brands available from KGM themselves, we’re glad to see that Lavazza are quickly setting themselves among the best ultra-premium brands that Keurig have to offer. While we brewed this on a Keurig 2.0 brewer, it should be noted that we used the default 8oz setting but did NOT use the Strong button during brewing. We felt this coffee performed well enough on the regular setting to merit leaving things as is without further testing.

Lavazza brewed in cup classico kcups

We still find it hard to believe that the 2 flavors we’ve tried so far did so well as medium roasts and we’re truly excited to see how the darker roasts in the line-up will do since Lavazza is known for making superb espresso coffee which should hopefully translate into equally superb dark roast coffees. If you’re looking for a rich & smooth coffee which has complex flavors and smoky notes without being too overbearing, then this should be right up your alley. If this is what Italy perceives American coffee should be like, then all we have to say is portalo! (bring it!)

Lavazza Classico K-Cups work in all K-Cup Brewers including Keurig 2.0, and are available at various retailers in USA in various size formats. These K-Cups are also available online in 22-packs at Keurig.com and 16-packs at ShopLavazza.com. According to the original press release, these K-Cups should become available in Canada starting in 2015. Please also note that K-Cups will NOT work without using adapters in Keurig Vue brewers.

A special thanks to SH for providing this Single Serve Coffee staff review. We would also like to note that we purchased a box of these K-Cups on our own for the purpose of this review.

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Posted by Jay Brewer at October 6, 2014 7:45 AM
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First off, this is a great blog. Second, I love this coffee and wondering if you have a another 96 rated coffee you'd recommend? Thank you!


Posted by: Tracey at January 27, 2015 9:56 AM
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