Coffee Beans

Canstar Blue’s coffee beans review has seen Lavazza, Vittoria, Caffe Aurora, Coles Urban Coffee Culture, Grinders, Harris, Gloria Jean’s and Woolworths compared on their taste, texture, aroma, variety, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.

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Most Satisfied Customers | Lavazza

Aussies have rated Lavazza the best brand for beans and ground coffee in Canstar Blue’s review, awarding it five stars for taste, aroma, texture, variety, packaging and overall customer satisfaction in 2020. It received four stars for value for money.

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Lavazza rated ‘brew-tiful’ in coffee bean ratings

A great coffee begins with great coffee beans. There’s almost nothing better than the aroma of freshly ground coffee brewing in the morning, and whether you’re after a rich, dark roasted coffee with an intense flavour, or something lighter with zesty notes, there’s plenty of brew to go around. But the wrong choice of coffee beans can easily leave you with a sour taste, so if you want the scoop on which brand hits the spot, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve again surveyed more than 800 Aussie consumers for their feedback on the brands of coffee beans and ground coffee products they’ve recently purchased and enjoyed (or otherwise). Respondents compared and rated brands on taste, aroma, texture, packaging, variety, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those which met the minimum required sample size of 30 responses are featured in our results above.

Our 2020 coffee beans review featured eight brands, but only one was rated best – Lavazza! It scored a hot five-star rating in the majority of rated variables, including taste, aroma and overall satisfaction.

Best Coffee Beans

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Here are the best brands of coffee beans in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s latest review:

  1. Lavazza
  2. Vittoria
  3. Caffe Aurora
  4. Coles Urban Coffee Culture
  5. Grinders
  6. Harris
  7. Gloria Jean’s
  8. Woolworths

Lavazza took out the title of best brand for coffee beans in our 2020 review. It was the only entry from the lot to receive full marks for overall satisfaction and additionally scored five-star ratings for taste, texture, aroma, variety and packaging. The brand scored a solid four stars for value for money.

Runner-up Vittoria also achieved full marks for taste and texture, but finished with four stars in the remaining categories and overall. Grinders joined our ratings winner in scoring five stars for aroma. The only brand to take out a five-star rating in value for money was Coles Urban Coffee Culture.

In total, the majority of brands, including well-known favourites such as Caffe Aurora, Grinders and last year’s winner, Harris, all finished with a satisfactory four stars for overall satisfaction. Gloria Jean’s and Woolworths bottomed out on three stars.

About the winner – Lavazza

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Lavazza is claimed to be the pioneer of Italian espresso since 1895, but it also sells a wide range of caffeinated lifesavers including capsules, coffee beans, instant and ground coffee plus sophisticated coffee machines like the Jolie&Milk and Deséa. Products from Lavazza’s coffee beans range include:

  • Caffè Espresso
  • Perfetto Espresso
  • Qualità Rossa Coffee Beans
  • Qualità Oro – Perfect Symphony
  • ¡Tierra! Bio Organic

Prices for Lavazza coffee beans start from $15 for a 1kg bag in most supermarkets.

  • Lavazza rated five stars in the majority of categories, including taste, texture, aroma, variety, packaging and overall satisfaction. It got four stars for value for money.

Aussies’ coffee habits and attitudes

Wondering how Aussies buy and drink their coffee? Our survey found that one in three (35%) respondents prefer to make their cuppa at home rather than buying a coffee outside. However, a fifth (20%) of those who do buy takeaway coffee use reusable or ‘keep cups’ and about the same percentage say they try to buy fair trade coffee when they can (22%). Meanwhile, 13% of Aussies worry that they drink too much coffee, and 6% regularly drink decaf. Here are more interesting survey findings below:

About the author of this page

Megan Birot

This report was written by Canstar Blue’s Home & Lifestyle Content Lead, Megan Birot. She’s an expert on household appliances, health & beauty products, as well as all things grocery and shopping. When she’s not writing up our research-based ratings reports, Megan spends her time helping consumers make better purchase decisions, whether it’s at the supermarket, other retailers, or online, highlighting the best deals and flagging anything you need to be aware of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Canstar Blue surveyed more than 6,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased coffee beans (whole beans or ground) to brew at home in the last three months – in this case, 831 people.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.

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