illy Medium Roast Coffee - E.S.E. Espresso Pods - 18 count


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illy Medium Roast offers a smooth, balanced flavor enhanced by aromatic notes of caramel and chocolate with a light flowery top note.

In addition, illy has made Medium Roast available in a variety of types to facilitate the brewing process:

  • Whole Bean - It's the perfect choice for coffee connoisseurs who prefer grinding the beans to suit their own individual taste and preparation method.
  • Fine Espresso Grind - Choose it if you enjoy personalizing the dosage of each espresso shot and the tactile pleasure of tamping the coffee.
  • Espresso Pods - Place a pre-measured illy pod into an E.S.E.-compatible espresso machine, and in less than 30 seconds you have rich, robust espresso!

illy Medium Roast comes either in a pressurized can to preserve the fresh flavor and aroma of the distinctive illy blend or an 18 count package of individually wrapped espresso pods.

  • 8.8 ounce can or 4.4 ounce box of premium illy coffee
  • Imported from Italy
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illy Medium Roast has a smooth balanced flavor with notes of caramel and chocolate.


Manufacturer illy
Product Weight (lbs.) 0.2750


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I just received the Saeco Via Venezia machine and was very excited to get it going (it was a gift for my wife). With it I purchased some Illy ESE pods in medium and dark roast for convenience. I understand you won't get the same quality from pods as from fresh roast and fresh ground coffee, but I was shocked at how bitter the espresso was. After making 2 each of the medium and dark roasts, tasting before and after adding fresh steamed milk, I was severely disappointed. We use Reverse Osmosis (RO) water and I cleaned the entire unit prior to use, also using the pressurized portafilter.

Tomorrow we're going to try the beans that were included as a free gift from Seattle Coffee Gear (I have a burr grinder). Fingers crossed it's better!

Has anyone else run into this issue? If so, any advice as to how to make the pods less bitter? Could I be doing something wrong?
Kevin V on Aug 22, 2013
illy Medium Roast Coffee - E.S.E. Espresso Pods - 18 count
illy Medium Roast Coffee - E.S.E. Espresso Pods - 18 count
Saeco Via Venezia Espresso Machine
Saeco Via Venezia Espresso Machine
Best Answer: Not sure if this would help your situation as we have a different machine. We seem to get better results if we dampen the pod a bit before we start brewing.
Reply · Report · Brad P on Aug 27, 2013
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great!Review by zm3
I have had a Starbucks Barista espresso machine for a couple of years and all of a sudden, they stopped providing the supplies for my machine.
Their mistake, as I know the Illy coffee from my homeland in Europe. I am not going to miss them.
So we ordered for the first time from the Seattle coffee gear. I loved the medium roast. My husband loves the dark roast.
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