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Has anyone tried Beaumont Coffee at Aldi's?

Another potential recession hedge manuever......Should I spend $4.99 for 34.5 ounces of this or pay the xtra $2-3 for Maxwell House

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  1. If you don't like good coffee, what difference does it make?

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    1. re: chipman

      I love coffee! The dark roast from Aldi's taste just like Panera's

    2. Hi. I just tried my first cup this morning, and found your post after googling the brand after I had my first taste. I will have to tell you that you really should save the extra $$ and go back to Aldi if you haven't already! Personally, I don't love Maxwell House, but I have bought Folgers for years and the Beaumont is definitely worth the $3.00 savings (for me, anyway.) Have a great weekend :)

      1. I stock up on this when I visit my grandma... she is lucky enough to have Aldi less than 5 minutes from her!
        The decaf is not bad either, I keep some for when I want coffee with dessert. It's comparable to Folgers. Def worth the price. Aldi's version of Fiber One bars is also good. Bet if you post/search on the Chains board you will find lots of Aldi lovers there who can guide you through all the great stuff there.

        1. The "Dunkin Donuts-ish" bag of joe Aldi's is selling of late is excellent as well.

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          1. re: HillJ

            Yes, I;m running out to Aldi's tomorrow!!!!!! I was at the grocery store today and the Price of coffee has soared- $8.99- $9.49 for your name brands standard 34 oz container...what's up with that??

            And a major BOO to FOLGER'S for shrinking the size of their containers on most varieties from 34.5 ounces to 27.5 or thereabouts

            1. re: paulispumonti

              OMG! The absolute best. I've been drinking this for over a half of year now since my son who's always on a budget turned me on to Aldi "Period". I have to say most everything at Aldi is as great as any other brand, if not better, i.e., canned soup, TP, Chips, etc. And the coffee, "Forget About It. Honestly, I like it better than the same size bag I used to buy from Starbucks. I thinks its actually better. Anyone agree?

              1. re: gilado

                I realize that this link is really old, but I TOTALLY agree with you, paulispumponti! I have tried MANY coffees in my day (Starbucks, TONS of "exotic blends" at Costco, Folgers, organic blends, etc.). I have to say, Aldi's Beaumont Donut Store Blend coffee is THE BEST I've ever had. I have never looked forward to my morning coffee as much as I do with this. It's SO GOOD!

                1. re: gilado

                  I LOVE this coffee..... it IS better than Starbucks....and so much more economical. I buy the whole beans and use them in my Gaggia machine.
                  We can't decide if it's the coffee or the machine.... LOL

            2. I bought the Beaumont Costa Rican Blend beans a couple of weeks ago and I really like them. It isn't as good as the local coffee shop's in-store roasted beans but IMO, is better than Starbucks.

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              1. re: alliedawn_98

                Thanks for ressurecting this post!! On that note, they have a bag of Zambian roast that is really good too..... What a deal also on these 12 ounce bags $2.99-$3.99

                I still haven't tried the Beaumont big can coffe yet The 34.5 or so ounces at all of $4.99

                1. re: paulispumonti

                  I think I paid either $3.99 for the Costa Rican Blend. I'm looking forward to trying some of the other blends, too.

              2. Thumbs up for the Beaumont Coffee at the Aldi store. Go for it.

                1. I didn't like the Beaumont the first time I made it. I was used to Folger's. I still had some Folger's left, so I started adding more and more Beaumont everyday. Yes, I tapered off Folger's! Anyway, I now save money by buying coffee at Aldi. Remember, if you don't like something they sell you, they'll refund your money AND replace the product.

                  1. The Beaumont coffee at Aldi is about the same as supermarket coffee, not much better, nor much worse. It is considerably cheaper however.

                    1. Just wanted to put in a plug for Aldi's German Roast coffee. We used to live in Germany and I would swear that this is the same as Dallmayr coffee, which is significantly more expensive to purchase in the US. It has been our go-to coffee since moving back from Munich and it is a quality coffee product for everyday. I've never tried the Beaumont because the German Roast is so good.

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                      1. re: velochic

                        I have to agree my sister sent me the Dallmayr and the German roasted coffee at Aldi is delicious and it tastes the same. Its $4.99 a bag at Aldi and its so worth it. I look forward to that cup of joe every day. The Dallmayr is Awesome too they taste similar. Maybe its the same coffee but sold under Aldi? hmmm

                        1. re: velochic

                          I like the Dallmayr coffee too....you can find it occasionally in Marshall, TJ Maxx or Homegoods. I am very impressed with Aldi's coffee. I don't know how true it is but I heard that makers of Aldi's coffee is the same as Starbucks. Either way the price of Aldi's coffee is most definitely the better deal for the taste.

                        2. One of the most horrific coffees I have ever tasted. I will gladly pay more not to have my mouth assaulted by this sludge.

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                          1. re: eddieeddie

                            Well, that's telling it like it is. I could say the same of inconsistencies in whole beans roasted by top names too. I never buy pre-ground coffee but some of the whole beans bagged thru Aldi's have been fine. It's really hit or miss w/many whole bean roasters tho. Right now my fav is Peet's.

                            1. re: eddieeddie

                              I didn't like Beaumont at first. I used the remaining Folger's to mix with it. I tapered off the Folger's. Now, the Beaumont tastes fine. I enjoy saving the money!

                            2. I love Beaumont coffee; it's one of the best I've ever drank (the best would be a blend called Heavenly Bliss from a Phoenix coffee roaster called Grinders Coffee Co.). In fact, I wish Aldi would open stores here in Arizona just so I could buy the coffee.

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                              1. re: CynthiaJFinnegan

                                Everyone should remember that it's IMPOSSIBLE to lose testing an ALDI product. They'll refund the money AND give you a replacement. You can always donate the nonperishable item to a food bank. Someone will like it. In the case of coffee, try my trick. I tapered off Folger's by blending that with the Aldi coffee. Or, you might like to do half and half. Either way, you'll save money.

                                1. re: planetiowa

                                  I did not know about their return policy planetiowa. Neat-o! No wonder some hounds refer to Aldi's as the no-hawaiian shirts TJ's!

                                  1. re: givemecarbs

                                    It's a "Double Money Back" guarantee. If you're not satisfied, for whatever reason, you get double your money back.

                                    1. re: CynthiaJFinnegan

                                      No, they don't double the money. Here's their guarantee:

                                      "Quality, taste and satisfaction are always DOUBLE guaranteed at ALDI. If for any reason, you are not 100% satisfied with any product, we will gladly replace the product AND refund your money."

                                      Even so, it's generous.

                              2. I love this coffee....The Donut Store Blend is my favorit. When our family members come to visit, we alway break out several kinds, so everyone can get to try their favorite. It is the best.

                                1. I'm three years late in answering, but just in case anyone stumbles upon this, I'd say you'd be a fool to pay more for Maxwell House. (And if you're going to be a coffee snob...really, Maxwell House?!) Read the ingredients. I'll wager they are both "100% pure Arabica beans". And while on the subject., the beans at Aldi labeled "Morning Blend" and "Donut Store Blend" are exactly the same. I've had both and cannot taste the difference. Their labels have exactly the same text.

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                                  1. re: Brawny71

                                    Even if someone prefers a different coffee, one can economize by using 1/3-2/3 Beaumont coffee. I didn't like it at first. I missed my Folger's. So, I "tapered" off by decreasing the amount of the more expensive stuff. I transitioned painlessly in just a few days.

                                    1. re: Brawny71

                                      Perhaps the Morning Blend is for household use, while the Donut Store Blend is for their commercial customers? Any way you cut it, it HAS to be better than Maxwell House, which as I recall is the very bottom of the heap in cheap coffee.

                                    2. We love Beaumont's Morning Roast. After years of going through "phases" liking Coffee Fool, Starbucks, Seattle's Best (pre-merger) and Tully's, we tried "lowly" Beaumont coffee from Aldi and we haven't looked back. We hand grind with a hand built Camano Coffee Mill from Red Rooster Trading Company. Adjusting this conical burr mill to a very coarse grind and using filtered water and double walled Bodum stainless steel french press (6 scoops of coarse ground coffee for 36 ounces of water and 4 minutes brew time) produces our ideal cup.

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                                      1. re: getzgilberto

                                        Hey, I love your username. I'm a big bossa nova fan. While I'm on the subject of names, I should remind the originator of this topic that there was no Mr. Aldi (not literally, anyway), so no apostrophe S.

                                      2. I have read almost all the coffee-related threads on Chowhound, and I saved this thread to my profile with the idea that one day I would have to try this inexpensive coffee that most posters said was reasonably good. I am sipping my first cup right now. When I pulled open the bag of whole bean Beaumont Morning Roast (a task in itself- finally got the scissors), I smelled really nothing much. I am used to that "moment" of opening a new bag of Dunkin Donuts whole beans and being hit with an incredible aroma. Beaumont.... nothin'.
                                        Now, I gotta tell ya, this cup of coffee is more of the same. Nothin'. I can taste my usual sweetner, but not much coffee. I will tinker with maybe an extra Tablespoon of Beaumont tomorrow, and use the entire bag one way or another (maybe a spoonful to extend the Dunkin beans, as a compromise for a few mornings...).

                                        [My favorite extenders to mix in with my Dunkin Donuts whole beans are either ground Folgers Classic Roast Medium or 8 O'Clock 100% Columbian beans. No new contenders this morning.]

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                                        1. re: Florida Hound

                                          It's hard for me to imagine why anyone would buy / drink Maxwell House. This thread has me wanting to try the Aldie brand. We've had such unexpected, good luck with most Aldie products that it's worth a try. Our current preference is New England Coffee (DD perhaps second) which is typically available as a sale item at Stop & Shop around here every few weeks.

                                          As for DD, ever notice how it's typically about the same price at the grocer vs. the store, except the DD stores sell 16 oz bags vs. 12 oz at the grocer?

                                        2. I like most of the blends of coffee in the 12 ounce foil bags Aldi's carries. I just purchased the classic medium roast ground coffee that is fair trade certified. I was very pleased with the taste!

                                          1. I don't recommend Beaumont at all. The smell was as bad as the taste

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                                            1. re: Garygarygogary

                                              It's a crap shoot on pre ground. The freshness can really vary at Aldi's. And while I still think Aldi is a terrific budget stretching enterprise for "most" people, lousy pre ground coffee is only useful in the compost bin.

                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                Interesting that this thread has found new life. My experience with Aldi's coffee, as I posted above, was even worse than the description as "lousy" or "...bad..." It just was absolutely tasteless.
                                                [HillJ: your post in 2009 was that Aldi's "Dunkin Donutish coffee" was "excellent." Your new comment about the crap shoot tells me that it can be excellent or lousy. But I'm not going back to roll the dice or otherwise see if Aldi's "tasteless" has come any closer to "excellent." There are so many other coffees on the market (elsewhere) that suit me as close to excellent.]

                                                1. re: Florida Hound

                                                  Aldi's sells different styles of coffee and the pre ground is not consistent. At the time 2009 I did prefer the DD over the standard Beaumont but neither compare to whole bean, well produced beans which I buy all the time. So no argument from me.

                                                  I've been known to be wrong, change my mind, and experience inconsistent results from every brand-even whole bean.

                                                  A four year gap btwn comments, sure different opinion.

                                                  1. re: HillJ

                                                    My disappointing Aldi's experience was with Beaumont whole bean. Go figure. I absolutely agree that our tastes, opinions, and die-hard food/ drink preferences can change in the course of a couple of years. Sometimes in a couple of months.

                                                    1. re: Florida Hound

                                                      Coupled with the actual preference for how we each enjoy our coffee, maybe a general recommendation is all we can offer.

                                                      I've been buying Trader Joe's medium roast beans and a new Mocha Java blend call Variety (also bean) from a nearby farmer's market of late. I prefer to drink coffee black, no sugar. I like the taste of coffee without covering it up with extras (maybe the occasional vanilla bean but that's about it). Unless I'm drinking coffee iced, then I really like it light.

                                                      How do you enjoy your coffee?

                                                      1. re: HillJ

                                                        "Cream" and Splenda for me, thanks. Very ocasionally a small dash of cinnamon. Actually, my "cream" is usually Evaporated milk, but I have come to find out our guests don't think its a treat. at all. We always have the powdered stuff on hand. I think the amounts of extras for me would be very moderate.
                                                        I was blown away that my experiment with the Aldi's just left me tasting the Splenda and evap. I tinkered with those to try to coax the coffee into being the more prominant taste, but it wasn't to be.

                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                          I make it double strength, stir in flavored mocha sauce (white or dark chocolate), then pour over ice for my own iced mocha. The OP wanted to know how it compared to Maxwell House, so I couldn't imagine her/him finding fault with Beaumont. I live with someone who has no concept of how ridiculous it is to own a Cuisinart grinder and then jus buy the cheapest beans you can find, but I make do with what's on hand. Were it solel up to me, it would be the beans from the specialty shop down the street, which sells Fair Trade beans affordably in bulk. (T.Joe's price not bad either.) But noooooo, not convenient enough for Mr. CAMF. (Guess the acronym.)

                                              2. Remember the Double Guarantee. If you don't like the product, take it back. Aldi will give you a replacement AND your money. You could donate the new can to a food pantry. I adjusted to Aldi coffee in a few days by lessening the amount of Folger's I put into the filter. It was painless. If I were expecting company, I might want to use something I know the guests would like.

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                                                1. re: planetiowa

                                                  I use the Beaumont coffee to make cold brewed coffee for iced coffee. The nuances of coffee flavor are noticed less (at least by me) when it is cold and mixed with milk.

                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                    Thanks, John E! I have started making cold brewed coffee this summer and I agree about the nuances being lessened. That has been my experience too. So I will use good ol' run-of-the -mill Kirkland or generic coffee for cold brew and then return to my favorite blend of chicory and coffee for regular brewing during the cooler months. :-)

                                                2. This is only in regard to their whole bean coffee; they had 2; one called something like "Morning Roast" and the other is something like "Donut Store Blend".

                                                  Both are described as "100% Arabica" and "Medium Roast".

                                                  Both came in metallic bags with air locks.

                                                  I tested them side by side, ground them within minutes of each other. The grounds are a medium brown. Not as dark as my usual (Joe Van Gogh Sunrise blend), and used a French press to make 2 pots. First one went in a Thermos. Both steeped 4 minutes.

                                                  My wife and I tested them blind (identified by an A or B taped to the bottom of the mug) side by side. The results? We both picked the Donut Shop Blend as being the better of the two, but we agreed it would extremely difficult to tell them apart. They could very well be the exact same beans in different bags. Same price.

                                                  The coffee was nothing spectacular, but it was good. I will absolutely drink it as an everyday coffee. Price was less than half that of the boutique stuff and very drinkable. Once we finished the taste test I combined both in the thermos, added a bit of salt and a little sugar and drank it the rest of the day. Very pleased.

                                                  1. The Beaumont coffee I tried is the one in the bottle with the Mocha flavor. It is delicious. If you want to try real good hot coffee get the Cumberland Farm brand Farmhouse Blend.

                                                    1. I have tried the Dark Roast is excellent taste just like Panera's!

                                                      1. Coffee geeks will always say it is brown garbage. However, for those on a budget Beaumont WHOLE BEAN is a great way to go.

                                                        Anything pre-ground from any store is never that good after the second you open the package. So my advice would be to invest $25 in a blade grinder (or more in a nice burr grinder if you are an avid coffee drinker) and buy the whole bean Donut Shop blend. It is a perfectly fine cup of coffee for everyday drinking, suitable for all palettes. It's a medium roast and as the name implies, is similar to Dunkin Donuts whole bean coffee.

                                                        Buy your favorite specialty coffee when it's on sale or for special occasions but this coffee will save you mucho in the long run.

                                                        1. Beaumonts Caramel Cappuccino is the best!
                                                          PLEASE Bring it back. My office staff loves it. We all do.

                                                          1. I was first introduced to Beaumont Coffee 35 years ago when I managed a Rax Restaurant in Columbus Ohio. We called it the Cadillac of Coffees. I was thrilled when Aldi's started carrying it. It's the only coffee I buy. Their instant creamer is also top shelf.

                                                            1. I like the Beaumont Donut Store whole bean coffee. Its an obvious copy of Dunkin Donuts blend. If you like a lighter city roast then you will like it.

                                                              1. Aldis Coffee is great, today everything that has a Brand name they either down size it or make it cheaper!! That's why it doesn't taste the same !! Aldis Creamer for coffee is awesome to, as for the groceries are all gooooood tasting and cheaper !!!