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    What's up. Where did that come from? Isn't the thread been a year+ and I suppose everyone else is quietly enjoying their coffee instead of digging up old post?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Gotta smile, most of the supporters of Aldi beans are no longer with us, perhaps the coffee got em.
    Yelta probably more likely that if someones coffee needs are satisfied by Aldi there probably isn't much need to stick around to learn the best way to roast different beans etc


    One of the proponents is online right now. I thought he had given a great review on his new high end grinder and generally contributed a lot to the forum
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    I don't consider myself an Aldi proponent....it's just a convenient thing and it wasn't bad as many had expected. But seriously, I have a hard time believing it's not passable (in a pinch) even for snobs standard. Maybe it's brewed incorrectly or I was just lucky to hit the sweet spot? I don't know. I still do home roasting and occasionally go out to the cafes 'round in Melbourne. My palate can't be that far off I hope...and my partner who is usually super picky about coffee found it pretty drinkable as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samuellaw178 View Post
    What's up. Where did that come from? Isn't the thread been a year+ and I suppose everyone else is quietly enjoying their coffee instead of digging up old post?
    It's called stimulus, as you say, year old post, bit of a nudge and away we go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 338 View Post
    Yelta probably more likely that if someones coffee needs are satisfied by Aldi there probably isn't much need to stick around to learn the best way to roast different beans etc


    One of the proponents is online right now. I thought he had given a great review on his new high end grinder and generally contributed a lot to the forum
    I suspect if your needs are satisfied by Aldi beans there is probably not much of interest to you here on CS.

    I said most, not all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samuellaw178 View Post
    I don't consider myself an Aldi proponent....it's just a convenient thing and it wasn't bad as many had expected. But seriously, I have a hard time believing it's not passable (in a pinch) even for snobs standard. Maybe it's brewed incorrectly or I was just lucky to hit the sweet spot? I don't know. I still do home roasting and occasionally go out to the cafes 'round in Melbourne. My palate can't be that far off I hope...and my partner who is usually super picky about coffee found it pretty drinkable as well.
    Maybe the trick is to use a high end imported US made single dosing grinder then use a lever machine with just the right the right amount of pressure on the lever?
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    Ha ha! That might be it! No wonder you guys are doing it all wrong
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    Quote Originally Posted by 338 View Post
    Maybe the trick is to use a high end imported US made single dosing grinder then use a lever machine with just the right the right amount of pressure on the lever?
    You may well be on to something 338.

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    I have used Vittoria store bought coffee bean with good results in the past not my prefered choice but they were ok.

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    One of the ever-present challenges in life for the discerning (a first world problem, to be sure) is to find quality and then maintain its availability over time.
    Living up in the sticks (no local roasters) away from the big population centres where choice is plentiful, means a constant vigilance for your preferred consumables.
    In relation to coffee, CS has been my "rock" for reliable quality for many years but here in the 'never-never' one needs to have a couple of other 'strings to ones bow'.
    Over the years, quality suppliers come and go. A cafe will produce outstanding coffee for a few years and then go right off the boil. The bean will be branded the same but taste different.
    What happens? Do they change their supplier/roaster? Who knows.
    Like Yelta I would rather give up coffee than drink swill. I am currently struggling through some Cafe bean that used to be good but is now average at best. Another alternative scratched off the option-list.
    We are marked down for an Aldi here in the very near future, but I won't be rushing in to buy their coffee. If I lived in a Capital city I would have three preferred sources of fresh bean that I would alternate for variety - I couldn't see the need to ever step inside a supermarket for coffee.

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    I know full well I've been pretty vocal in my criticism of supermarket coffee, I stand by my remarks as far as Woolworths/Coles/Foodland etc are concerned, however have not tried the offerings from Aldi, so, in the interests of fairness, next visit to the smoke (Adelaide) I will drop into an Aldi store and pick up some of their roasted beans, I enjoy dark roasts as an espresso, any suggestions?

    Will report back with my observations.

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    Hi Yelta
    My understanding is that the Lazzio brand at Aldi is roasted (to a budget, I'd say) by a reputable roaster, who we have all heard of.
    My opinion is that these beans are the exception to the rule as far as supermarket beans go. I've bought them a few times to tide me over. Fine without being fantastic. They can also be stoked quite fresh.

    We have an IGA in Ferntree Gully that stocks an amazing range of coffee too. I was really surprised when I first saw it.
    Theyve got Half a dozen specialty brands. You just have to shuffle through to see which one/s are still near enough to a good roast date.

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    yeah the lazzio blue is definitely the best of the worst can be dialed in to be acceptable. it was my entertaining coffee before i started roasting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    I will drop into an Aldi store and pick up some of their roasted beans, I enjoy dark roasts as an espresso, any suggestions?
    That's the spirit! Will be interesting to watch how it turns out!

    Does your dark roast refer to roasts around second crack?

    The one I've tried was their medium roast - my guess is it was dropped after first crack, maybe 30-60 sec or so before second crack. Slightly dark for me, but still some noticeable acidity (if that's not your thing). If your usual is around second crack or onward, their Dark roast (red packet) might be more in line.

    Do look at the expiry date though. The last consensus was Roast date = Expiry date - 1 year and 3 months. If it's older than 1.5 month, might as well buy the preground. Lucky for us here the turnover is pretty high in the CBD branch, so you might look into that direction (buy from an outlet in the CBD).

    Also, another tips/observation, it tasted better 2-4 days upon opening the bag (why? beats me..). The roastiness seems to subdue and the flavor/sweetness improves.

    Can't believe there's so much to write about coffee from Aldi on a Coffee Snobs forum. What has the world come to.
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    I am also on the side of those who reckon that Aldi is the pick of the supermarket beans - and by a wide margin. Certainly drinkable+ when made properly.

    I recently had to train another 7 "wannabe baristas" who were all as keen as mustard to learn. All of them managed to get a drinkable result out of the Aldi dark roast by day 1 and their medium roast by day 2. Changing to a supposedly "vastly superior fresh roast" from two of my favourite roasters was not such a huge step up in quality "in the cuppa".

    My issue is the lack of variety in the Aldi offering - I am used to changing coffee every 250g batch to another region and would become very bored being nailed to one style of coffee. That is why I also do Turkish, cold steep, cold drip, Rommelsbacher / moka pot and my "modified stirrer plunger" as the mood strikes me.

    Merely rubbishing a coffee you haven't even tried is highly non-productive not to mention misleading.

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    I wonder how many snobs taint their single source single malt organic coffee with that white crystally substance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boblinder View Post
    I wonder how many snobs taint their single source single malt organic coffee with that white crystally substance.
    I do and make no apologies.

    "Single malt" Am I missing something
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    Hmmm, Irish coffee perhaps?

    I wouldn't taint a half decent single malt with coffee - not even Aldi's finest
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    Quote Originally Posted by boblinder View Post
    I wonder how many snobs taint their single source single malt organic coffee with that white crystally substance.
    I don't really run in the circles were cocaine use is common, but I suppose a double espresso with a teaspoon of cocaine would really kick your day off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic_Matt View Post
    Hmmm, Irish coffee perhaps?

    I wouldn't taint a half decent single malt with coffee - not even Aldi's fined
    My daughter gave me a bottle of 18 year old GlenMorangie single malt for Christmas, definitely not from Aldi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 338 View Post
    I don't really run in the circles were cocaine use is common, but I suppose a double espresso with a teaspoon of cocaine would really kick your day off.
    giggled like a schoolgirl!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    My daughter gave me a bottle of 18 year old GlenMorangie single malt for Christmas, definitely not from Aldi.
    Mmmm...

    Your daughter has great taste mate. The GM is one of my favourites...

    Mal.

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    I still mourn the loss of 25 year Cardhu. I am about to open a bottle of Hellyer - we all live in hope... So hard to go down in scotch quality after years of sustained bliss (even when most of my bottles last for 18 months).

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    I quite like most of the Hellyer's Road varieties. I recently encountered a very young, but really interesting Aust whisky from the Timboon distillery in Victoria....big christmas cake aftertaste.

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    Try Springbank 10 if you haven't. My favourite non-peated whisky. It's worth looking out for non-chill filtered non-coloured whiskies. You get much better mouthful/body IMHO.

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    What beans do you normally use? Interesting for those situations where your using a lot of beans for non "coffee" people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholas1121 View Post
    What beans do you normally use? Interesting for those situations where your using a lot of beans for non "coffee" people.
    Exactly the same high quality beans I'm drinking myself.

    My guests deserve the best I can provide, if they are not (into coffee) perhaps I will gain a convert, if not to their taste at least I know its not my coffee..
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    Quote Originally Posted by nicholas1121 View Post
    What beans do you normally use? Interesting for those situations where your using a lot of beans for non "coffee" people.
    Give the Coles brand beans a crack, I've used them in an emergency and found them ok , that was I Perth though .

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    I reckon they are the absolute worst coffee beans ever bought them once never again!

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    This is possibly on the wrong thread so Java, if it is, you know what to do...

    Six weeks ago I went to my coffee roaster and bought me some nice beans to restock, as I normally do every week or so...I threw them into the back of the car, went and did some shopping as normal. When I got home, I took the shopping in and unbeknown to me the pack of beans I bought were still floating around the back of the car...A few days later I ran out of beans and looked for the beans I thought I bought, couldn't find them anywhere. I didn't want to waste anymore time so I went down to the roaster and bought some more...Last week I was rummaging around the back of my car and found the coffee beans I thought I bought 5 or 6 weeks ago, they were hidden under something, living in at times a hot car...I took them inside and kept them for when I would run out of my recently roasted beans...Well, today was the day I ran out. 8am to be exact...Those who live interstate may not know but we live in the dark ages here in SA and our shops do not open till 11 am on a Sunday...I looked at the roast date of these beans and it said roasted 09 March...Well, I put some, maybe 60 grams or so of these beans into the the auto machine and made a quick coffee (as you do on autos)...Comparing this with other supermarket coffees I've had from this machine, I found it still surpassed all of them in every aspect...Whilst not as good as freshly roasted it was still quite a bit better then the supermarket beans I've had...

    Just thought I'd mention that...

    Cheers

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