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.
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).
|Taste Notes:||Caramel & chocolate notes|
|Finish Notes:||Hint of hazelnut|
|Palate Notes:||Full body|
|Roast Profile:||Medium Dark, Espresso|
|Best For Brewing|
|Species:||Arabica & Robusta|
|Container Size:||150 of 44mm ESE Pods|
|Country of Origin:||South America, Africa & Asia|
|Country Imported From:||Italy|
|Customer Review:||4.7 Stars|
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?
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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.