Lavazza Perfetto Coffee K-Cups Review
We conclude our series of Lavazza K-Cup reviews today with the final flavor in their line-up… Lavazza Perfetto K-Cups. This is apparently the strongest roast & strongest tasting coffee of the line-up. Given how disappointed we were with their Gran Selezione K-Cups last time, we’re truly hoping for a return to form this time. Lets see if Lavazza strike out or knock it out of the park.
Brewing the Lavazza Perfetto K-Cups resulted in aromas of smoky hickory tinged with notes of dark chocolate throughout with a very mild earthiness underneath. Billed as an espresso roast, flavor seemed more akin to a dark roast and wasn’t anywhere as strong as what we were expecting. We did however notice a nice blend of chocolate flavors with caramel notes hiding underneath near the end of each sip.
Acidity was present with a mild sour note throughout but things were definitely muted somewhat and isn’t what you’d normally get in a traditional espresso roast. Body yielded nice shades of vibrant reds tinged with slight colors of orange underneath. Mouth feel was smooth and didn’t seem too watery but in the same regards, it didn’t seem as oily as a conventional espresso roast. Finish was slightly sweet with a mild touch of astringency which gives way to very light creamy caramel notes in the aftertaste.
- Aroma – 8 – Aromas of smoky hickory tinged with notes of dark chocolate throughout give way to a very mild earthiness underneath. Nowhere as strong as what we were expecting.
- Acidity – 8 – Mild sour note throughout but muted somewhat in comparison to what you’d normally get with a traditional espresso roast.
- Body – 8 – Vibrant shades of red tinged with slight colors of orange underneath.
- Flavor – 9 – While it’s nowhere near as strong as what you’d think given the espresso roast moniker, this coffee does make for a rather decent dark roast on its own. You get a nice blend of chocolate flavors with caramel notes hiding underneath near the end of each sip which still makes for a pleasant cup. The only thing that prevents this from getting a 10 is the lack of coffee strength given the fact that it’s supposed to be an espresso roast.
- Mouth Feel – 8 – Smooth throughout without being overly watery but unlike a usual espresso roast, things didn’t seem on the oily side either. Slightly sweet finish with a mild touch of astringency gives way to very light creamy caramel notes in the aftertaste and saves this category from getting a lower score.
- Coffee Drinker – Suited best for medium-bold or casual dark roast fans who are looking for a decent coffee with slight chocolate & caramel notes. If you go into this like we did and expect a super-strong coffee which seems like a super-charged Starbucks, then you’re going to be left disappointed. We still think this should have been billed a dark roast more than anything else.
Overall Rating: 91 – Exceptional
It would appear that Lavazza have again produced a coffee which is 1 level below the roast namesake. Much like their Gran Selezione dark roast seemed more like a light roast, this espresso roast seems more like a dark roast. It’s a bit disappointing given the stellar results of the first 2 coffees in the line-up and given Lavazza’s outstanding ability when producing straight-up espresso-grind coffees for traditional espresso machines.
That being said, we still think this coffee works as a dark roast since you get the slightly stronger taste when compared to a light roast, the smoky notes in the aroma and the touch of sour notes in the acidity which are more common to a dark roast coffee. Those reasons alone are why we’re still giving this coffee a score above 90. Had it been any weaker or watered-down, it would have fared much worse. Do we like this as an espresso roast? Not exactly. Do we like this as a dark roast? Absolutely. Give it a try if you can and judge for yourself, but just don’t go into this thinking you’re getting a super-strong espresso roast coffee (unless you plan to brew a 4oz cup). So while they didn’t knock it out of the park, we still think Lavazza scored a solid base hit regardless.
Lavazza Perfetto 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 20, 2014 7:42 AM