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Jan 15, 2007 03:30 PM

Looking for Lavazza espresso in the East bay

Anybody know a market that has Lavazza (the best espresso in the known world)?

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  1. I'm in SF and find it at most high end supermarkets (Calmart/Bryan's), including Andronico's, which has locations in the east bay.

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    1. re: Laura2

      hmmmm. I suppose I will look at andronico's but I thought I have checked there.....thanks

    2. Andronico's has it, but be really sure to check the expiration date. I picked up a can before the holidays and was dismayed to find out that it was over a year old. They refunded me, but it shouldn't have been left out there that long.

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      1. re: Curtis

        Yes, that's why -- IMHO -- Lavazza is not the best espresso in the known world . . . Nothing wrong with the quality of the coffee itself, for a large-sized commercial producer, but it is often stale when bought here in the U.S. due to lack of inventory turn-over, and thus, never as good as it should be.

        1. re: zin1953

          That's crazy. If that's the case, then its still better than most of the places that sell so-called "fresh" espresso beans!

          Pretty sad in my opinion.

      2. I just saw some an hour ago at the World Marketplace (Cost Plus) in Daly City, Westdale Plaza. I did not look at expiration dates.

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        1. re: Atomica

          It dosen't matter what the expiration date on the package is. It is already stale! Just as every other coffee either packaged or in bulk that is available in grocerys. Coffee beans are good for up to 14 maybe 20 days from roasting.
          I do not understand with all the micro roasters available in our area (Bluebottle, Barefoot, ritual) not to mention the coffee available through the internet why anyone who wants quality, especially for espresso would still look to grocery stores for their source.

          1. re: chipman

            Well . . . true. But I was tringto put te best spin on it . . .

            Actually, in the FWIW mode, I find I actually prefer Flying Goat to Blue Bottle, but -- that's just me.

        2. I agree it's not the absolute best espresso, but there's something about the taste and smell of Lavazza that reminds you of having coffee in an Italian home, especially when you make it in one of those traditional stovetop coffeemakers. I was in Italy over the holidays and bought four of those small vacuum-packed bags of Lavazza (they only cost 2.4 euros each over there, about $3.10). For fresher taste, I suggest buying those vacuum-packed packages when you find them here and not the Lavazza in the cans.

          1. I'll tell you all why people like Lavazza... b/c its GOOD! I'll be the first to agree with buying fresh, local products, however, when it comes to coffee, roasters in the U.S. (or at least CA) tend to over-roast. Thus the coffee is too dark and bitter. They kill all the subtle flavors. And, the only reason I even know about Lavazza is b/c my step-father, who is just-off-the-ship Italian, uses it. So far, it is the best he has found in the states. So, that's good enough for me. If anyone out there can suggest a local roaster who doesn't overdo it, please speak up!

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            1. re: chemchef

              Are you in the bay area? There are at least 2 very superior roasters. Bluebottle in the East Bay and San Francisco, Barefoot Roasters in Santa Clara, Also, Ritual Coffee Roasters on Valencia in the city. I have not tried their beans personally, but the owner, roaster studied at Stumptown Coffee in Ore. They were using Stumptown beans until they felt they were ready to use their own.

              Also, a stepdown, but still pretty good are Cafe Roma's and Cafe Trieste if you are carefull and know the roast date.

              If you are not brewing for espresso I recommend Graffeo in North Beach.

              1. re: chipman

                I agree that you should try Stumptown Coffee (or Ritual, since they're roasting a few blends now) because they're not as overroasted as a lot of American coffee. I also like Italian coffee because it's more lightly roasted, but nothing beats Stumptown in my book.

              2. re: chemchef

                I have found Mr Espresso neopolitin espresso to no be over roasted.

                None of that "burnt" fresh roast taste. Subtle lingering flavors.

                1. re: Brandon Nelson


                  Should read french roast, not "fresh" roast.

                2. re: chemchef

                  Not true at all!

                  Starbucks, of course, burns the $#!+ out of their beans, and Peet's -- as much as I love it for historical and emotional reasons -- does indeed over-roast as well. But Blue Bottle, Barefoot, and Flying Goat are but three readily available roasters that do not, and the result is spectacular espresso! Ritual is another, though not as easy to get (depending upon where you live).