|Lavazza’s tasty brew is Italy’s favorite coffee.|
There’s no better setting for a cocktail party honoring Lavazza –– Italy’s favorite coffee –– than Eataly’s Birreria. High above Manhattan on the 15th floor with a stunning view of the Empire State Building, a group of coffee-loving media influencers gathered in the rooftop space to celebrate the debut of the new Lavazza Roast specialty coffee blends.
Handsome couple and brand ambassadors Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos attended and spoke on behalf of Lavazza to promote the tasty, caffeinated drinks.
|Birreria is a beautiful space for a party.|
|Lavazza brand ambassadors Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos|
Lavazza coffee is more than an ordinary cup o’ Joe as any coffee aficionado can attest; with its rich and lingering flavors, the java contains “passion in every cup.”
That evening at Birreria,in addition to yummy food and wine, we tasted a few exclusive recipes from the Lavazza Innovation Center in Italy. The Italian company transformed the flavorful coffees into edible treats like espresso mousse and coffee caviar, and mixed with liqueurs for coffee cocktails. All those sampled were delicious, and proved that coffee can move way beyond a caffeine fix and become an essential ingredient.
|Espresso mousse is my idea of a heavenly dessert.|
|Coffee caviar was silky in texture.|
|This coffee cocktail was the perfect after-dinner drink.|
|The new Lavazza Roast specialty coffee blends|
We tried the coffees starting with the lightest and ending with the darkest.
1. Gran Aroma
Since this was the mildest of the flavors, we pressed for 10 minutes, after which we found this brew to not lack the intense flavor we like in coffee, even though it was the lightest of the four.
We pressed for 6 minutes. This coffee was almost chocolatey and buttery. This cup paired nicely with our chocolate croissants from Le Pain de Quotidien.
3. Gran Selezione
We pressed for about 6 minutes also. This coffee was slightly more intense than the Classico, fuller, a bit more acidic, and delectable with a raspberry financier.
The darkest and most robust of the coffees, the Perfetto is a rich espresso roast. This was my preferred cup because of the nutty aftertaste, similar to espresso, which I often drink. We pressed this blend for about 4-5 minutes.
I received all of the above-mentioned coffees from Lavazza! These blends are complex, hearty, full of zest, and surely will leave anyone craving more coffee as the day goes on. As an admirer of Italian food, wine, and culture, I would expect nothing less.
|Lizzy Furey and Courtney White of MXM join me for a photo at the Lavazza event.|
I received a total of 8 pounds of Lavazza Coffee and 1 French press. The above opinions are my own.