Espresso Machine $149 @ ALDI

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Apparently Aldi will sell coffee machines on 12th Oct, Barista Style

The stainless steel machine comes with a thermoblock heating system, a single and double cup advanced crema system, a drip tray with stainless steel grid and even a 500-millilitre stainless steel milk jug.

Source 1: https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/aldi-selling-149-barista-q...
Source 2: https://www.nova969.com.au/you/aldi-selling-schmick-espresso...

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  • +8 votes

    Source 3 - discussion already underway: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/487845

  • +5 votes

    Nice if it works well as it is a great price.
    They should have cashed in and included a Burr type Coffee Grinder on the same day. Nothing like freshly ground coffee vr buying pre ground. In fact a necessity for a great Expresso.

  • +4 votes

    "great EXPRESSO"…..that's a gag,right?

  • +8 votes

    The two "review" sources just sound like the same paid ads for Aldi, they even make the same price comparisons with other machines which are probably in a different grade. There is no actual test of the machine, taste of coffee etc.
    I have my doubts about this one.

    • +1 vote

      "You’re going to have to line up outside Aldi from 5 am on Saturday 12 October to make sure there’s one of these beautiful machines to take home."

      I'll get right on it!

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    Seems like a great deal for a aerator/steamer alone!

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    Last cheap espresso machine I bought didn't include the milk frothing jug, nor a tamp. Good to see the aldi one has both of those items.

    I'd buy this in a heartbeat if I had the time to make espresso regularly.

    • +1 vote

      What the heck no tamp?!

      Thats ridiculous, what you just smash it into your face like Homer juicing an orange??

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        That's the way I used to juice oranges before seeing that episode. Changed my life.

        Apparently Italians in Italy laugh at the thought of using a tamp, they use the back of their hand. Works for coffee and discipline.

  • +4 votes

    Certainly looks like a decent option.
    I’ve owned this sunbeam machine for this same price, and it came with frothing jug and scoop.

    Sunbeam Cafe Espresso Ii, Silver/Black, EM3820 https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B076JD2R8M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i...

    • +1 vote

      I'd second the Sunbeam machines. I had the old version from Big W,d had mine for 14 years (since 2005) and only now the steam wand stopped (due to thermostat). The main advantage of better known companies; Sunbeam/Bevilles is that you can find parts easier if needed i.e. the seal or any other additional.

  • +1 vote

    You get what you pay for.

  • +3 votes

    There's always this one from Kmart for $89
    Choice seemed to like it.
    https://www.kmart.com.au/product/espresso-coffee-machine/218...

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      Looks cool too. I've been able to get great espresso from inexpensive machines. Helps when you use good and freshly roasted coffee too

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      Kmart has usually 1 year warranty. Aldi has 3 years. At this price difference, I would go for aldi one for peace of mind.

  • +3 votes

    Ok this is like the same machine Aldi sold in 2017 for $149.
    You can see more about it on the Stirling site here
    http://www.stirlingappliances.com.au/stirling_products/espre...

    You can also download the manual etc.

    Coffee snobs discussion from 2017, note that they were later cleared out for $99 and $129 when no one bought them.
    https://coffeesnobs.com.au/brewing-equipment-entry-level-sub...

  • +4 votes

    My partner had one like this from Aldi and the coffee would just be consistently poor quality compared to my Sunbeam 6900. I know its a different classes, but it would make flavourless and underpressured espresso. Very inconsistent as well, sometimes too wet, with variable pressure and temperature.

    This was despite using the same burr grinder, coffee beans and milk.

    On the other hand I think Nespresso capsules are just terrible as well, with a stale coffee taste, no matter what 'flavour" you get. makes sense given the pods hold only about 8 grams vs 22 grams for a double shot in the Sunbeam portafilter.

    Aldi coffee beans are good though.

  • +1 vote

    Any other thoughts aldiVkmart $100 version?

  • +3 votes

    Aldi couldn't shift their $149 Stirling espresso machines last time, and just by adding some social promotion won't change that outcome IMO.

    In comparison, the Kmart $89 machine was actually tested by Choice magazine for its coffee taste with reasonable results.

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    Did anyone go out and purchase this today or the Kmart brand? Looking for reviews to see if I take the plunge.

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      it has reviews on productreview.com.au search aldi coffee machine

      Not very favourable though… i just bought it from aldi btw.. good enough for me