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May 11, 2009 03:17 PM

Best Ground Espresso for Purchase in a Grocery Store

Just returning to drinking coffee again after many years of drinking tea. I have a stove top espresso maker (Brabantia) and I am looking to purchase ground espresso. The local supermarket has so many choices....does anyone have any recommendations for purchase in Toronto?

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  1. HIghland Farms has a wide variety of coffees that they will custom roast, in addition to the coffees that are roasted in store in advance, and any can be ground to espresso fineness and used with great success. The prices are quite reasonable, $10/lb for regular and $12/lb for organic.

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    1. re: OTFOODIE

      Sorry not near a Highland Farms but will watch for it in my travels. I think I passed one the other day on the way to the Hershey centre. Darn if I had only known!

      1. re: Cat123

        I see Illy in all of the higher end stores and I think they have a couple of different types?

        1. re: T42

          I believe they have dark roast, medium roast and decaf. I prefer dark which I think has a black band on it.

      2. I like Lavazza Qualita Rossa quite a bit! It's tasty, and generally fairly cheap. Also, it's reasonably widely available.

        1. Illy is probably the best ground espresso you can get in some grocery stores (Sobey's carries it) but I find it a bit expensive so don't buy it often.

          My general fallback is Lavazza Oro which comes in a vacuum sealed golden brick for about $5 to $6. My friend's Italian mother-in-law swears by it, so there ya go:

          Avoid the cheap $2-3 brand with the guy in the sombrero... I cheaped out once and ended up tossing the whole thing after one cup of stale bitter coffee. The grinds were filled with pale chunks of what looked like the outer casings of the coffee beans or something. Nasty.

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          1. re: Gary

            Thanks for the suggestions and will see which ones that I can find. Weird how I have suddenly got the craving for coffee after not having it for about 5 years!!!

          2. Big Bump.

            Got my sweet little stove top espresso maker all cleaned and shined up, and looking for a updates on ground espresso for home use. Whole bean is also OK since I have a coffee grinder.

            Any updates on favorite espresso coffee for home use ?

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            1. re: PoppiYYZ

              I actually prefer robusta coffee, so I especially like Lavazza's Creme e Gusto coffee, which is 70% robusta and 30% arabica. It's an espresso roast, so dark, with good body but enough acidity that it's far from flat-tasting. To me, it's got a deep earthiness that I adore so much that it alone is sometimes enough to get me out of bed in the morning.
              It's in the blue and red vacuum pack.

              1. re: crowbar

                Wow, thanks C.

                I strongly suggest you submit your resume - along with a copy of that review - to President Alberto Lavazza. You'll be running his marketing department by the end of the week !

                I'll definitely give it a try ! Thanks again.