JasonBrandtLewis Senior Member Joined: 9 Dec 2005 Posts: 6,098 Location: Berkeley, CA Expertise: I live coffee
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Posted Sun Apr 8, 2012, 11:40am Subject: Re: Danesi gold vs. lavazza pienaroma
Keep in mind you are on a site with a bunch of self-proclaimed coffee geeks. That means many of the people here roast their own coffee at home, and virtually all the rest of us buy freshly roasted beans from small, micro-roasters -- rather than buying coffee from mega-companies like Lavazza where we have no idea as to when the beans were roasted -- and use them within 12-15 days of roast.
I cannot speak to things on Cyprus, but certainly were I to open café here, I would insist on using freshly roasted premium coffee beans (meaning that they were roasted within a week at most), and were never more than 15 days old when ground and used. That said, Danesi was founded in 1905, and is a highly regarded Italian roaster. As such, if I could not secure fresh-roasted beans (roasted within the last 5-7 days, for example), I'd probably opt for the Danesi -- in part due to quality; in part to separate my café from the rest which probably buy Lavazza.
I am very, very, very partial when it comes to the freshness of my ground coffee and for that reason alone, I would choose Danesi over Lavazza in a heartbeat. And if popularity is the game you want to play, considering that Danesi has this almost "culti-ish" following all round the world, especially among "coffee geeks" then the best choice for your shop would be Danesi as well. You know, just my two cents.
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