Wild, wonderful success? No. (I think your report on the Presso would be way more interesting than my thoughts on Lavazza.)
I thought about this for two months. I even bought another bag of preground Café Bustelo in the interim just to check again. I have eyeballed people (in Miami) pouring quite decent moka and espresso shots with Bustelo (and its cousins) but I've never replicated the results at home. Maybe Miami gets all the fresh stuff and the Carolinas get the stale stuff; maybe it's just a poor workman who blames his tools. I've had the bad luck with Lavazza and somewhat better results with Illy. I am so nuts about using fresh roasted coffee, either roasting using my own or buying locally/carefully, perhaps I'm jaded. Perhaps it really sucks. 'Ellifino. Absent all other choices I'd say "Any port in a storm. There are way worse things than Lavazza."
Or the shorter version:
The Zen of Coffee