October 14, 2014

Lavazza Gran Selezione Coffee K-Cups Review


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We continue our series of Lavazza K-Cup reviews today with the next flavor in the line-up… Lavazza Gran Selezione K-Cups. This is billed as dark roast and is supposed to be Rainforest Alliance Certified while having intense flavor and chocolate undertones. Let’s see how things go, shall we?

Brewing these K-Cups resulted in mild smoky & earthy aromas which weren’t anywhere as strong as what we were expecting given the fact that this is a dark roast. Flavor was a mix of astringent smoky notes up front followed by some hits of smoke, very mild hints of molasses and mild chocolate notes in the background. Things were rounded-off with some faint berry notes hiding underneath near the end of each sip.

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Acidity was barely present although we did notice a very mild sour note in the coffee. We’re not sure what Lavazza were going for here… maybe a dark roast without strong acidity? Whatever it was, we feel it didn’t work this time around. We wish the coffee would have been livelier but overall it lacked oomph like previous flavors in the line-up. Body remained similar to the other flavors and yielded bright shades of oranges & reds touched with light yellows throughout. Mouth feel was smooth, although things were more watery than we would have liked. Paired with the low acidity, this just made the coffee feel dull and flat vs. what you’d normally find in an intense dark roast. Finish was slightly sweet with a mild smoky note in the aftertaste.

  • Aroma – 7 – Mild smoky & earthy aromas are present but they’re nowhere as strong as we were expecting.   
  • Acidity – 7 – Barely present although some very mild sour notes can be detected in the coffee. This left things feeling rather flat and unlively.   
  • Body – 8 – Sunburst shades of bright oranges & reds touched with light yellows throughout.
  • Flavor – 8 – A mix of astringent smoky notes up front followed by more hits of smoke, very mild hints of molasses and hints of chocolate in the background. We also detected some faint berry notes hiding in the background. While the complexity of the flavor earns it some points, the lack of intensity ultimately prevents this one from being a 10. We’ve heard others claim they get an intense flavor, but it just wasn’t as intense as what’ we’re used to with dark roasts.
  • Mouth Feel – 7 – Smooth, but more watery than what we would have liked. When you take this into consideration with the low acidity, it just results in a very dull & flat result compared to what you’d see in most dark roasts. Finish was slightly sweet with more mild smoky notes in the aftertaste.
  • Coffee Drinker – Suited best for light roast fans who are looking for something slightly different with a slightly stronger taste. Dark roast fans will be sorely disappointed and will wonder (much like us) how this coffee can be classified as a dark roast when all signs point to it being more like a light roast.  

Overall Rating: 87 – Good

Wow… ok, so that definitely was NOT what we were expecting. We’re still left scratching our heads at how this coffee can possibly be deemed a dark roast when it’s just so… light. Seriously, everything from aroma to flavor kept us wondering if perhaps this was supposed to be Lavazza’s light roast offering in the line-up. We’re quite shocked given the fact that Lavazza have been able to produce nothing but outstanding products prior to this and we went into this review expecting that their dark roast coffee would… well… taste like a dark roast coffee. It’s also no secret that Lavazza is one of our favorite brands, so this came as a bit of a disappointment for us. 

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To Lavazza’s credit, they DID manage to create a unique blend of flavors nonetheless and we did get some mild chocolate notes as promised along with some surprising berry notes which we certainly weren’t expecting. If anything, at least the got that part of the mix setup properly and it goes to show that flavor is the primary thing they appear to have focused on with these new K-Cup releases. We just wish that this didn’t seem so much like a light roast and feel it would have scored much higher otherwise. That being said, light roast fans might actually want to consider giving this one a try… the flavor profile is rather unique and is something you don’t normally see in light roast coffees to begin with. As for dark roast aficionados? Best wait until we’ve had a chance to review the Perfetto K-Cups as we have a feeling those will be the true intensity kings of the line-up. 

Lavazza Gran Selezione 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, and also at Amazon.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 14, 2014 7:41 AM
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