Aldi is a curious place to shop. Their prices are undeniably lower than the traditional big supermarkets, but their products are … variable. They’ve had some remarkable whisky at times, and some terrible ‘beer’. I’m a big fan of their pastries, and a lot of their staples are pretty decent.
Their own brand clones are also a bit of a gamble. Don’t try their Nature Valley bar clones unless you enjoy eating cardboard blended with hay, but their jaffa cakes score comparably with McVities.
Their Specially Selected range is usually a pretty safe bet, so when I spotted a trio of coffees I thought it was well worth giving them a try.
Aldi Specially Selected Kenyan Coffee is fairly darkly roasted, but is described as medium strength.
The grounds have a fruity aroma – satsumas with a touch milk chocolate in the background. Brewed, it’s a little less sweet, the citrus notes moving closer to lime.
In the mouth it’s got a nice, gentle acidity with some well balanced sweet sugar notes. It’s on the edge of being too light, but as a daytime ‘work coffee’ it’s pretty decent.
Overall, 3 stars – for less than £2 a pack, it’s well worth keeping in the cupboard.
Did you try their Ethiopian one? It’s rapidly becoming my favourite ground coffee, as I prefer the milder blends.
Stay tuned next week for the answer to that question 🙂