Last Updated on December 6, 2020
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Aldi can be a great place to go for coffee you can make at home. The grocer sells everything from fair trade single-origin organic coffee to donut store blend ground coffee to classic decaf, and Aldi even sometimes sells seasonal specialty coffees with pumpkin spice or maple bacon flavors.
Aldi also occasionally sells coffee makers you can use at home so you can skip the Starbucks drive through and save a few bucks. Options in the past have included a programmable coffee maker, a cold brew coffee maker, and a single serve coffee maker.
What we haven’t seen Aldi sell, though, is an espresso maker. That changed when Aldi offered an espresso maker for a limited time in December of 2020.
Espresso, which originated in Italy, is different from coffee because of how it’s prepared. Coffee beans used for espresso are usually ground to a finer texture, and they are roasted for a longer time.
Espresso machines generally differ from coffee makers because they force hot water through tightly packed fine coffee grounds. As a result, espresso has two distinct layers consisting of strong coffee on the bottom and a small amount of foam or crema on the top. It generally has a concentrated flavor and more caffeine per ounce, but espresso is usually served in a smaller portion, which ultimately nets you less caffeine than a traditional cup of coffee.
With that said, here’s what we know and don’t know about the espresso maker Aldi is selling.
What We Know:
The Ambiano Espresso Maker cost $79.99 in December of 2020.
Espresso makers from other retailers such as Target and Amazon come in a variety of sizes and styles, and the Aldi one is not the cheapest on the market, but it’s also by far not the most expensive one either.
The Aldi espresso maker is being sold alongside a Bodum Gourmet Coffee Maker assortment that runs $16.99 each, but this post deals specifically with the espresso maker.
As far as we can tell, this is the first time Aldi has sold an espresso maker. We don’t have any record of it in our own posts, and we can’t find any earlier versions in Aldi’s warranties and manuals section. However, on a different note, Aldi occasionally sells a tea latte concentrate that contains espresso.
What We Don’t Know:
We haven’t gotten our hands on one of these Ambiano Espresso Makers, so we don’t know how well it works. We write open threads on products we have not yet tried, and our hope is that this can be a landing place where others can share their thoughts and experiences with the product.
We also don’t know who makes this espresso maker or if it comes with a warranty.
Have you used Aldi’s Ambiano Espresso Maker? Tell us what you think in the comments below.