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illy Medium Roast Crema Test

illy Medium Roast
It's time for some beans from the home of espresso coffee to step into the ring and show whether or not they are up to the "crema test".

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)

Noteable:
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.

Conclusion
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





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