mudd from Half Moon Bay, CA United States
Background: I've been using a Rocky grinder set between 3 and 4, Rancilio Silvia with Lavazza, local organic roasters from San Francisco, Portland and Seattle and now use a La Spaziale Vivaldi II: The Caffe Izzo reminds me of Illy coffee - which I didn't like as much with the Silvia machine. I've used the cheaper black 2.2lb Lavazza "espresso" beans with much better success and no fuss. I tried different grinds with the Izzo with no success. It wasn't worth re-calibrating my water temp and machine. All that said, it wasn't bad, just not nearly as good as many other coffee's I've tried in there.