Review: Aldi Expressi (2015)
4.4Overall Score

Price (RRP): $79.99
Manufacturer: Aldi

Keen for a cup of coffee but don’t want to pay too much? Aldi’s Expressi machine may cater, and it’ll even fit into the tightest of spots.

What is it?

Encapsulated coffee machines aren’t anything new, but it’s pretty clear they are taking off like wildfire.

Everyone has them: from the originals at Nestle (Nespresso) and Lavazza, with the latter of these even building something for the International Space Station so the people floating through a science-based home-away-from-home can have a nice cup of espresso whenever they want to.

It’s not just the main two, either, with Nestle having a smaller “Nescafe” option for blended beverages sold at supermarkets, something Woolworths was keen to get in on with its own version of the Caffitaly MAP pods which are also used by Starbucks and Gloria Jeans.

There’s even a type of pod called the “ESE” pod which more resembles an enclosed coffee filter (because it basically is) and allows people with proper coffee machines and removable group heads to make coffee using a style of coffee pod.

Indeed, encapsulated coffee — ahem, the coffee pod — is taking over.

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Aldi is there, too, and has been since it saw the chance to disrupt the space occupied by Nespresso with its own cut-price concept a few years ago.

We first heard of these hitting the Aussie Aldi shops a few years ago, after Aldi had been testing its K-Fee capsule system for some time overseas.

Throughout the past few years, Aldi has apparently finessed the product, and the result for 2016 is a new model designed to be smaller, slimmer, hotter, and with a coffee you’d want to drink.

Let's just get this sorted: the Nespresso pod on the left is completely different from the K-Fee pod on the right. Do not attempt to use a Nespresso pod in an Aldi Expressi. It will only take a pod from the K-Fee system.

Let’s just get this sorted: the Nespresso pod on the left is completely different from the K-Fee pod on the right. Do not attempt to use a Nespresso pod in an Aldi Expressi. It will only take a pod from the K-Fee system.

Aside for those qualities, Aldi’s Expressi is also designed to be inexpensive, and since it carries a price of roughly $80, it’s easy to see Aldi hitting that. Comparatively, Nespresso machines sell for at least $100, while Lavazza models tend to go for a little under that at a minimum.

This specifically budget pricing keeps Aldi’s Expressi at a good entry level price for people keen to see what the fuss is about, so really, what’s the fuss about?

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Performance

Take the Aldi Expressi 2015 model out of the box and you’ll see what is easily one of the smaller coffee pod converters we’ve ever seen, with a svelte and pretty boxy little machine, though one that is definitely easy to look at and will fit into small locations.