My husband drinks coffee a lot. And when I said a lot, it means, a LOT. Not only that, he's also a little bit picky with what he drinks. We usually have filtered coffee in our house, but for work he has instant coffee.
He was quite loyal to the GOLD roast instant coffee he has been having for the last few years. He said it was the only one that taste quite close to the filtered coffee. So I was a little bit hesitant to start swapping brand for his coffee.
I would have to admit that the price ALDI Alcafe GOLD, is less than half the price of the GOLD coffee we usually have, gram to gram. And if we managed to be able to swap this for good, it would mean a lot for our monthly budget too. So I bought one, not telling my husband about it, and did a blind swap.
I did not tell him that this is the cheap coffee I have got from ALDI. All he needed to know that it was a GOLD roast instant coffee, different brand, same look for the coffee granules. When he came back from work, he asked me about the instant coffee I gave him. My heart sank when he said it tasted different than usual.
But then said, it actually tasted okay. Not the same, but it does not mean that it taste worse than the usual he got. THEN, I told him that it was a cheap GOLD roast from ALDI I bought half the price, and he laughed.
Well, we still buy the more expensive brands once in a while when my husband is out of coffee and in the need of emergency caffeine booster. But we swapped to ALDI Alcafe GOLD for the regular coffee he's having at work.
I for many years now have drunk Nescafe Gold blend over a lot of coffee's. i then went on to Tesco Gold blend as cheaper and the same. one day in Aldi i thought i would give it a go and have never bought any other coffee. It has the Nescafe taste but without the Nescafe after taste its the best
I like quite a lot of Aldi's products, but having tried the standard instant, coffee was not one of them.
Having run out of coffee and doing the weekly shop, I decided to try the Alcafe Gold, not expecting much, just to be able to make a coffee when I got home - I am really glad I did!
Comes in a glass jar with a gold lid and is styled to look very much like another well known brand. Coffee granules are freeze dried which always gives the best instant flavour.
I paid £1.49 for a 100g jar - significantly cheaper than the well known brand.
To sum it up in a word - delicious! A rich aroma and very full flavour made for a great cup of coffee. In all honesty it matched if not exceeded the other well know brand, and in fact gets close to many of the real premium brands.
Absolutely yes! I have a new favourite coffee that is around 50% cheaper than I was paying before - a win / win situation.
I liked the look of this coffee and have found everything else in aldi to be very nice so decided to give it a try. The coffee looked appetising through the car and I thought the price was a great bargain. I was sorely disappointed! The coffee smelt very appetising when made but the taste is just weird. It has a strange almost gravy-like after taste. I will not be drinking this again and would advise people not to waste their money. Will definitely be sticking with the better brands of coffee.
I like a good cup of coffee but with life as it instant coffee is the way forward for me. I am a recent convertor to Aldi and a few weeks ago I was in need of some coffee so picked up a jar of their Gold Instant Coffee.
I didn't know what to expect for £1.69 per 100g jar but I was nicely surprised.
On arriving home with the shopping the kettle went on and the taste test was about to begin. It had a strong, smooth, creamy texture of mellow birds and unlike most cheap brands there was no bitterness or burnt taste. The smell was very welcoming for an instant coffee.
Me and my sister are recent convertors to Aldi and always discuss our new finds in store and this product is a hit with both of our families.
The style of the jar gives no indication that it is a cheap. It's in a curved glass jar with a black lid and classy front. It states on the jar "New and improved taste" and also "Fair Trade" which was especially nice to see even though it's a cheaper product.
I know some people are coffee cognisors and may not enjoy this but it was more than adequate for my taste buds. I would recommend if you shop at Aldi give this coffee ago.
All in all I really enjoyed this coffee and the price.
I normally drink coffee from ground beans, with an occaisional instant. This is one of the best instants I have come across, strong without being at all bitter and quite creamy. So good we are actively seeking it out, but it only seems to be sold in 100g size. Come on Aldi, we need a larer size please.
I am a not great coffee drinker. I perhaps drink a couple of mugs every six months or so. So my credentials for reviewing coffee are not high. However, I usually have a jar in store for visitors, and since those who visit most regularly prefer Nescafe Gold Blend that is what we generally have. Except there was a great offer on Kenco Eco-refills recently, so I also have that, and now cannot honestly say what is in the Gold Blend jar, so I haven't reviewed. Anyway, it matters not, because lurking in the back of the cupboard was an unopened jar of Alcafe, Aldi's very own coffee.
I knew it was there. I've had it for months. Aldi's fair trade tea is fantastic, so I thought I would give their coffee a go since it was so cheap. I thought I would simply give it to visitors, and then go..."Ta DAAAA!! It is ALDI coffee, and I fooled you into thinking it was Gold Blend by displaying that particular jar really prominently." But I didn't, because I got cold feet. You see, there is something very cheap looking about the jar. It has not got seductive curves, or quirky angles. It is just a jar, with a label showing a scene of the land where presumably the coffee is grown. A luscious green, forested land that is at odds with the cheapness of the product.
Coffee should be a bit pricey. Makes it exotic. And I clearly had bought something that was going to taste like old dish water with brown grit in it. It was like a shameful secret that I had to hide. And then Dooyoo put coffee into Level One and I knew that it was destined that I should drink this cheap, Alcafe coffee, to tell others of it and warn, or praise.
It is described as "A Dark, Roasted, Smooth, Full Flavoured Cup of Coffee", and what is more, it is a Fairtrade product, "Guaranteeing a Fairer Deal for Farmers"... How Possible? When so cheap? Is it true? Or is it a scam? I don't know, but it has the Fairtrade logo.
I mixed the coffee in my usual manner: a teaspoon of the coffee, an inch of milk, and hot- not boiling- water. A Darker liquid was formed than that created by Gold Blend. The aroma was full-bodied and definitely coffee. The taste was Smooth, and definitely Full Flavoured. Aldi had described their coffee well.
As someone that rarely drinks coffee I can reveal to you now, that it was absolutely fine. Pretty good actually. So tomorrow... "Ta DAAAAAA!"
~ Aldi Alcafe Gold Instant Coffee ~
During this weeks shopping trip I knew we had to get coffee as we had run out and whilst I am more of a tea drinker myself, there is a time now and again when I do like a good cup of coffee although my hubby prefers coffee to tea.
When I spotted this amongst the others on the shelf I chose it straight away as I do prefer gold roast coffee as apposed to the other normal stuff.
The jar is a slightly curved glass jar with a black plastic lid. On the front of the jar is a lable with the brand name/product and a cup of dark looking coffee. It also states 'New Improved Taste'.
Through the jar I can see all the little light brown granules and it is filled to the top.
I paid £1.49 for a 100g jar which I think is a bargain.
Getting home I popped the kettle on and took the lid off the jar, which rather than being a screw top lid, simply a small twist allows the lid to pop off. Under this was a gold foil seal which I poked a spoon through before tearing the rest off and throwing it away.
The smell as soon as the foil was broke was that of a nice coffee. It smelt very tasty and as a good coffe should!
I put a teaspoon in each mug along with milk and sugar and added the hot water. The smell was really nice and I anticipated it to taste as good.
Once cooled enough for me to drink I took a sip and was disappointed to find that I didn't quite like the taste. It wasn't awful but for some strange reason I could detect a strong taste of licourice!
My hubby however really enjoyed his cup and having had more since I still don't quite like it but he does!
It may just be that I find it too strong as I often opt for the Asda Gold blend coffee and quite like this.
The colour is as it should be and so is the smell, yet for me the taste isn't quite right.
I think I'll just stick to tea for now!
I will mark this with 3 dooyoo stars out of 5 but my hubby thinks it should be 5. I think this is a coffee you won't know if you like until you try it.
Thanks for reading :o) x
While I'm a complete caffeine addict, I'd never yet found an instant coffee I really enjoyed until I tried Aldi's Alcafe! I always saw instant coffee as a necessary evil when you couldn't get your hands on the real stuff but needed an emergency caffeine hit!
I'm a big fan of Aldi brands, but I never expected this coffee to be so good, it is, hand on heart, the nicest instant coffee I've ever tried. Its rich without being bitter as some instant coffees are, its got a lovely smooth creamy texture, a delicious taste and smell, no aftertaste and you don't have to use tons to get a decent strength coffee so the jar lasts a decent amount of time.
I still prefer fresh coffee if I have the time or the inclination but its really good to have found an instant alternative that I don't hate. Its undeniably a lot quicker and easier to just boil a kettle and pour than to have to faff around with the cafetiere and wait around for it to brew for the sake of one cup.
You can get Alcafe in a Fair Trade version now, which is great as you can get the bargain Aldi price but know that the growers of the coffee were paid fairly. Fair trade products are often too expensive for someone on a tight budget like me to buy on a regular basis, but Aldi makes it a little bit more possible.
The Alcafe jar is not unattractive, and there's no indication that its a budget brand. The design is a bit cheesy with majestic mountains and so on but I would be happy to give guests to my house a mug of Alcafe and even to let them see the jar!
Lately I have been feeling really rough and run down. For a while I didn't guess why I just thought I was a bit rubbish and had been over doing things but it got so bad that my energy got zapped and I have spent days in a dressing gown with no gym! Shock horror!
Then it struck me! I was low on potassium again so I went to see my Dr, had a blood test and yep as suspected my potassium levels are very, very low again. Just to be clear that this is due to my past with an eating disorder and from time to time still battling with it.
Before my results came in though, like i say I generally felt incredibly rough. I couldn't sleep but was knackered. I was eating pro plus and the likes and drinking lots of coffee and even snacking on chocolate to try get a sugar rush and downed copious amounts of energy drinks all the time. I even stated taking soluble Vitamin C tablets in desperation, green tea and took anti depressants cos people told me I was sinking back into my depression. I wasn't though I generally felt bad and people put it all down to an eating disorder where as I knew that there was something other than that wrong! I should listen to my instincts more lol.
All this meant that I was drinking coffee at the rate of knots to try stay awake and focused. I tried drinking it black and with double measures and all-sorts and all of the above things I tried simply didn't work but we now know that I'm unwell! I'm on potassium pills from the Dr now and waiting for those to work at some point but my Mum was getting fed up of me caning the coffee and bought this last time she was in Aldi with me in mind. I was worried about drinking cheap coffee though. I'm funny about coffee and was born and raised on Carte Noir or freshly filtered. Carte Noir however is fine to buy if you only have a couple of cups a day but it's not so economical if your pouring it down your throat continuously! I won't drink cheap Nescafe and yep I'm a fuss pot so I nearly put this on ignore! However try it, I did in the end!
200g round glass jar that is large in size and it has a bronze/gold coloured plastic screw on/off lid to the top of it. Around the main body of the jar there is a label and on that there is a cup of coffee shown and I'm told it's Alcafe Freeze Dried Coffee, Gold Roast Freeze Dried Instant Coffee Granules. Other information on the label includes being told how to make the coffee up and that it is suitable for Vegetarians and is Gluten Free, the size is stated (as I've listed already) and contact details for Aldi are given.
The Coffee Itself:
2 shades of brown quite large granules. Both shades of the coffee are a light chocolate brown colour though and not too dark. Unscrew the lid and pull off the protective foil seal and your greeted with quite an odd coffee smell really. It isn't as rich smelling as I'm used to say Carte Noir smelling and has an almost yeasty smell to it which is a tad off-putting to at first to be honest.
However don't be put off cos it's not bad coffee. For a weak coffee I use a teaspoon in a mug, and to be honest being a hardened coffee drinker used to the good stuff it's far too weak for me made up that way. However I get over this by using 2 teaspoons per mug. It dissolves quickly, gives me a very dark, almost black coffee and then I can add milk and/or sugar as desired.
It makes a cup of coffee really. It's not all that rich and deep and to me it's an everyday type of coffee really and offers nothing in terms of luxury. However it is a decent coffee and doesn't have a nasty, powdery feel to it and does make a smooth tasting coffee. If you want better flavour your going to need to pay more than what this costs (about £2.29 a jar) but in the quality stakes this is good.
Not my favourite coffee of all time but when it comes to cheaper branded coffee it is my top favourite at the moment. It is what it is and that's drinkable coffee that once made up doesn't smell, taste or look cheap!
Only to be found in Aldi stores.
Brand: Aldi / Type: Instant coffee