Lavazza, the Crema e Gusto is a mild blend - very smooth, a bit chocolaty, and a very nice texture and mouth feel. Best served piping hot. I make mine on the stove top stainless Alessi three cup and it never fails to please. At half the price of Illy, there is no comparison. In case you like Illy, this is a more robust blend then they make - Illy is probably the mildest and smoothest espresso I know, but it doesn't do it for me.