|illy Medium Roast|
The "illy" brand has been around since 1933 and was founded by Francesco Illy, the inventor of the "Illetta", a precursor to today's espresso machines. (illy: wikipedia).
For the test I purchased two 8.8 cans of illy Medium Roast Whole Bean Coffee 8.8-Ounce from Amazon.com using "Subscribe and Save".
How do the illy beans compare to the Lavazza Super Crema beans from my last test?
Crema:Passed, but slightly less crema than was produced by the Lavazza beans
Flavor: More sweet and less bitter than the Lavazza beans
Packaging: 2 x 8.8oz tins with screw lid (Lavazza: 1 x 2.2lb bag)
Price before discounts: $1.50/oz (Lavazza: $0.68/oz)
The "illy" beans are packaged in the tins with an inert gas to maintain freshness as opposed to the more typical vacuum-seal.
When consumed, the cans can be reused to store your favorite trinkets.
Pros: Recommended for flavor and crema production. Great espresso for latte, flat-white, and cappuccino. Great tasting espresso for after-dinner fix.
Cons: Price; one of the more expensive brands
My equipment as seen in the video:
Breville Smart Grinder
Breville Semi-Automatic Espresso Maker