Possibly the best espresso you can find
Want to make perfect espresso at home? Stop looking for the right beans. Seriously. This is the one! Aside from what is served in Italian coffee bars, I've found nothing that compares to Torrefazione's Perugia blend in the US.
In the States, I've tried numerous other brands from time to time when I couldn't get my hands on this one: Starbucks, Seattle's Best, Kirkland (ugh, don't bother), and Peet's to name a few. None measure up.
Perugia Blend is very smooth and well-balanced. It has wonderful depth of flavor, yet isn't bitter. If you ever had the pleasure of visiting a Torrefazione Italia cafe before Starbucks shut them down, this is what they served in all of their espresso beverages. You won't be disappointed.
It also makes great French press.
That said, it's getting harder and harder to come by. I used to be able to buy the beans directly at their cafés. No problem, as some local grocers carried the beans in bulk and pre-packaged 12 oz bags. Then they stopped offering bulk. Now they've all stopped carrying whole beans; the only Torrefazione blends carried are pre-ground. Cooking.com to the rescue! They may be the last outlet to handle it (even linked by the Torrefazione Italia web site), and at a good price too—especially if you can take advantage of any free shipping.
Not sure if the trend I just described means anything. Grocers l contacted who used to carry whole bean Torrefazione informed me their distributors can't get it anymore. Does that mean it's being discontinued? I hope not! Buy this while you can. Hopefully Cooking.com will always carry it, but the powers that be at Starbucks may have other ideas.
My purchase this April was delivered promptly and the bags are marked best before April 2010. Stock up in confidence if you can store in a cool, dark place.
I recommend this product.