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Lavazza Gran Crema Espresso Coffee ESE Pods

By: Lavazza
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5 out of 5 stars based on 9 customer reviews

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Estimated In-Stock Date: April 3rd, 2015

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Overview

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Lavazza pods provide a rich, full-bodied espresso with a lasting crema. These pods are ESE compatible, not to be confused with "capsules" used on some Lavazza brand or Nespresso espresso machines. Each pod has a diameter of 44 mm. Available in cases of 150 regular, or 108 decaf individually wrapped pods.

Features

Product Detail

Exceptional quality espresso from a pod. The Grand Crema Pod provides a rich full-bodied espresso with a lasting crema. These pods are ESE compatible, not to be confused with "capsules" used on some Lavazza branded or Nespresso espresso machines. Available in 2 cases of 150 individually wrapped pods (total count of 300 pods).

Specifications

Flavor Notes
Aroma Notes: Rich
Taste Notes: Caramel & chocolate notes
Finish Notes: Hint of hazelnut
Palate Notes: Full body
Roast Profile
Roast Profile: Medium Dark, Espresso
Best For Brewing
Espresso: Yes
Coffee Condition
Single Serve: Yes
Coffee State
Regular Caffeine: Yes
Coffee Botanical
Species: Arabica & Robusta
Coffee Packaging
Container: ESE Pod
Container Size: 150 of 44mm ESE Pods
Coffee Type
Blend: Yes
Coffee Origin
Country of Origin: South America, Africa & Asia
Where Roasted: Italy
Country Imported From: Italy
Review
Customer Review: 4.7 Stars

Questions

CDM asked:

I just received an order of these pods and started using them.  I am getting a terrible espresso from my brand new DeLonghi EC155 semi-automatic machine.  I do get good espresso with ground coffee, but the pods just gives me a terrible brown liquid with no crema - tastes like drip coffee that has been sitting in the pot for hours!   Extremely bitter, no crema at all.  I tried to "temp" the pod to make sure it was snug fit in the portafilter, but the hot water passes rather quickly (compared to slow drip when I use the ground coffee).  Is that something I am not doing right?  Can anyone suggest a remedy? 

Answer by Sanfam:

When using these pods with your machine, you should make sure that you are using a filter basket suited for this particular use.  If you're using these in a basket that is too large for the pod, water will go around the pod rather than through it.  As you're having no trouble brewing with ground coffee, I would suggest checking with the manufacturer to see what filter baskets are best used in combination with ESE pods.  

Answer by CDM:

I am using the small basket (single serve size) which is what the espresso machine manual specifies.  I also tried temping the pod and infusing it for 3 to 5 seconds, but nothing seems to help.

Any suggestions?

 

Ria asked:

I bought these online and was told that my Hamilton beach would handle them. NOT. I wasted so many trying. Can someone please tell me the least expensive machine I can get to use these gran crema on.? Thank you

Answer by Erik:

http://www.wholelattelove.com/Gaggia/gaggia-new-baby-white-refurbished.cfm

Answer by CDM:

Least expensive, yet highly rated:  DeLonghi EC155 for about $100 (or less if on sale).  You can also consider DeLonghi Bar32 - identical except cosmetic/apprearance difference.

 

Stephen asked:

I need to buy ground espresso in individually wrapped packages, for a friend who uses an inexpensive steamer, likes espresso but won't buy espresso coffee for it because he doesn't use it often enough and the half-pound or one-pound packages go stale. Will these ESE pods work in a steamer?

Answer by mjackson:

Stephen,
It is a good thought but these pods will only work in a machine that is meant to brew pods. Most of the machines that brew pods are going to be of the kind that have a pump, and in the description it will say pod capable. He may want to try a different storage method, such as freezing or saving in air tight container like this - http://www.wholelattelove.com/VacuVin/vacuum_coffee.cfm. Hope this helps.

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