I have purchased one of these machines this morning... They were flying off the shelves when I was there at 9am...
I have been thinking about buying a coffee machine for a while and this offer seemed too good to pass up. After having recently bought the Aldi road bike – among many other previous "higher-than-usual price tag" purchases at Aldi, I had come to expect only the best – my new saying is "Nothing crappy comes out of Aldi".
The machine comes in excellent looking packaging and is a lot smaller than I had expected.
The build quality is sturdy and convincing, with what feels like high quality materials and attention to detail. Nothing feels out of place and all edges are perfect. The unit stands well with no rocking and has a great grip on the table.
I bought one pack of 'Renzo' capsules to start off with. There was heaps of stock available. Some people in-store were asking if this would be stocked regularly and the answer from the coffee demo guy was yes.
The tank is a cinch to fill and has a satisfying rigidity and shiny clarity to it – don't use a scourer on it!
As per the instructions, I cleaned out the machine with water before making a drink, and everything went smoothly. I couldn't believe how quickly the water heated up – after having an older machine once before, I was expecting to hear some water boiling away while I frothed the milk (great machine also) – but the machine is totally silent until you press a button and the water starts pumping.
The capsule happily falls into place and the arm has a reassuring smoothness as it forces the capsule into place. The pump fires up straight away after pressing the "Large cup" button and the coffee begins to pour steadily into the cup. The pump is pretty loud, but only as loud as I have experienced from any other coffee machine.
The Renzo delivered a strong flavour – kind of bitter but that's how I like it...
From start to finish, making a coffee takes under a minute.
Lifting the lever pulls the capsule back into it's original position and it sees it fall neatly into the "used capsule" tank behind the pouring spot. The drip trays are easy to remove and clean, and you could easily fit more than 10 used capsules in the machine.
I reckon this machine would suit a workplace as it is easy to take care of and quick to use.
After reading the above comments, I then got to thinking about refilling the capsules.
Also, I like the idea of using fair-trade coffee, and don't like the idea of landfill...
I managed to cut the top off a capsule, rinse it out, fill it with my own coffee grounds, wrap it back up in glad wrap (questionably safe.. melting?) and make another perfect coffee out of the same capsule. The machine seems not to know the difference and works just as it did with the original capsule. WIN!
I filmed the whole process and you can view it here on Youtube:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LckX_LrfNA