logo~ Thank you to Lavazza for providing samples at no charge and a promotional item in exchange of my honest review. No monetary compensation was received or offered. My opinions are strictly my own! ~

They say there’s a soul mate for everyone, and I believe I found mine in my sexy Italian hubby. We have SO much in common it’s not even funny. I guess that’s why it comes as no surprise that we’ve actually been asked if we’re brother and sister. Hmm, now how would YOU answer that question? hahaa!

To be honest, I believe there’s a perfect match for everyone and everything, even coffee. Yes, coffee. I thought I had found my favorite cup of joe until just recently when I was introduced to the new drip line of coffees from Lavazza — Italy’s favorite coffee.

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As you know, I love Italian culture, especially the food and drinks. And coffee is no exception. I don’t believe I’ve ever tasted a smoother, more flavorful coffee than Lavazza. It’s rich, bold, and absolutely delicious— all the way down!

Satisfying coffee for the cool end-of-Fall temperatures!

If you prefer a non-bitter coffee, this one is it. It requires little to no additives at all— yes, it’s THAT good! I don’t typically drink my coffee without at least one sweetener and 2 spoons of creamer but with Lavazza, I find myself drinking much more throughout the day, and in purer form. I guess you could say the quality is much better than what I’m used to so there’s no need to “doctor” it up. I love that!

I also love how fine Lavazza is ground. I’m using less in quantity which over time will save me money. Plus, I’m not finding coffee grounds floating at the top or lingering in the bottom of my cup. YAY! Lavazza drip coffees are great for using in a coffee press (also known as a French Press). Just add one scoop, some hot water and let it steep. Mmm…. fresh, delicious coffee in just 4 minutes flat.

Now I know I said that Lavazza is great just as it is but being the chic I am (with the huge sweet tooth) I can’t help but want to nibble on a tasty treat while I’m sipping my coffee. In my opinion, the absolute perfect match for coffee, especially Lavazza Italian Coffee is Biscotti.

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Biscotti are twice baked little cookies that (to the unsuspecting taster) are a bit on the hard side to eat plain. But when they’re dipped in hot coffee, cappuccino, or espresso, they’re softened, semi-sweet and scrumptious.

One of my favorites is Chocolate Cinnamon Biscotti. It has an equal balance of chocolate and cinnamon flavoring that makes it the perfect partnership for Italy’s favorite coffee. Plus, the aroma it puts off in the oven while it’s baking is mouthwatering to say the least. hehee!

My recipe is listed below along with photos. Take a look…

Dee’s Chocolate Cinnamon Biscotti

Makes 18 biscotti cookies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/4 cup Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp. ground Cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp. ground Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • 1/4 cup. Butter, softened
  • 3 Egg Whites (separated)
  • 1/2 tsp. Almond extract
  • 1/4 cup sliced Almonds, toasted (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350-degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet; set aside.

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1.) Combine dry ingredients  2.) Blend till it resembles coarse crumbs
3.) Add in butter, then egg whites  4.) Blend until mix forms soft dough

In a large bowl, combine flour, 3/4 cup sugar, cocoa, cinnamon, baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Using an electric mixer on medium, beat in butter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Add 2 egg whites and almond extract. Beat until mixture forms a soft dough, 1 minute. Stir in almonds, if desired.

On a lightly floured board, shape dough into a 15 x 2 inch log. Place on baking sheet.

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1.) Form dough into a log  2.) Place on prepared cookie sheet
3.) Brush with beaten egg white  4.) Sprinkle with sugar

In a small bowl, lightly beat remaining egg white. Brush over the dough log and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of sugar. Bake until log is firm but slightly pliable, 30-35 minutes. Using 2 spatulas, carefully remove to wire rack. Set baking sheet aside.

Cool log until it can be handled, about 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325-degrees F. Transfer log to cutting board. Using a serrated knife, cut log into 1/2-inch thick diagonal slices. Place slices on their side on the baking sheet. Bake until crisp, 15 minutes. Remove to cooling rack. Cool completely before storing in a tightly covered container.

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1.) Bake at 350-degrees F.  2.) Let cool & slice
3.) Rebake for 15-minutes  4.) Cool cookies completely before eating

These cookies can also be dipped in melted chocolate or candy melts, if desired.

Check out Lavazza’s new drip line of coffee!

Lavazza Italian Drip Coffee comes in 4 tasty varieties including; Gran Aroma, Classico (medium-dark), Gran Selezione (dark), and Perfecto (dark/espresso-like). All are in order of strength from medium to dark.

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When I first received my package of Lavazza I started my sampling with the Gran Aroma and worked my way up to Perfecto. If you love a good espresso, you’ll love this one with it’s lingering caramel notes. Yum!

I can’t wait to try Perfecto in homemade Tiramisu. Oh my will that be good. Delizioso!!!!

If I had to choose which Lavazza coffee I liked best, honestly I couldn’t settle on just one. They’re all very tasty, very rich, and a pleasure to drink.

Lavazza Italian Coffee is available in 12 ounce (finely ground) packs and retail for $9.99 each.

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You can purchase Lavazza Italian Drip Coffee directly at www.shoplavazza.com.

If you prefer a darker, more full-bodied coffee, check out Lavazza’s Espresso line of hot beverages.

Lavazza Italian Coffee and Espresso would make the perfect gift for the coffee lovers on your holiday shopping list. Combine any of these with a sweet treat or dish to make the perfect partnership and memorable gift.

~ All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company.  Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Please refer to this site’s Disclaimer for more information. I did not receive financial compensation for my post but did receive the product(s) mentioned above free of charge from the manufacturer or PR Agency and was under no obligation to write a positive review.  ~

© 2013 – 2014, Dee @ Bella Savvy. All rights reserved.

Dee

9 Responses to Lavazza Italian Coffee & the Perfect Partnership + Biscotti Recipe

  • April @Pixie Dust Savings says:

    I will have to check out this coffee more. I like coffee but can only indulge occasionally because I end up like a hyperactive kid on it. Since it doesn’t need as much sweetner it would be great for my diabetic husband who would be happy with a coffee IV.
    Your biscotti recipe looks so easy. I have never attempted those before because they look complicated, but your pictures make it seem super easy!

  • Pamela R says:

    what a perfact pair–and I’ve never baked Biscotti -but it doesn’t look tooo complicated-might haveto go on our TO DO list for the holiday brake =)

  • Betty says:

    Found this coffee with a $2 coupnn attached last week. Had never heard of it before but on sale with the coupon swayed me as we normally purchase Italian or French roast dark blends. It was excellent – would be a great stocking stuffer for the coffee enthusiast on your list. The website indicates they have Kcups out also

  • lisa says:

    That sounds good. The first time I tried biscotti I thought it was stale. I know, duh! I now really enjoy it.

  • Jayne Townsley says:

    I tried to make biscotti one time and it was an utter disaster. Yours looks delicious and you’re right…for some reason coffee just tastes better when you have a good piece of biscotti to dunk in it!

    My husband would probably love that Perfecto blend.

  • denise low says:

    I have never tried it but i am will to.

  • lisa says:

    I’ve never tried that brand of coffee before. My husband would probably like it.

  • Alexia Abby says:

    This sounds really good! I haven’t tried it but I have seen and heard about it. I like that you say it’s not at all bitter because I often run in to that. The biscotti recipe looks amazing! And it seems easy enough to make! Thanks for the share!

  • Stephen says:

    Those breads look great. Thanks for sharing how it’s done.

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