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Product Review: Beaumont canned Decaf

 

Beaumont Naturally Decaffeinated Coffee (canned)
13 oz

I love two things for the purposes of this article - coffee, and my local Aldi store.

For those of you unfamiliar, Aldi is a German grocery company that, in the US, sells common and basic grocery items under house brands for about 40% less than the local grocery store.

One won't find Folgers decaf, but one does find "Beaumont" coffees of every stripe.

Aldi has impressed me over the past few years in some of the house-branded items they've offered, and coffee under the Beaumont label is no exception.  In addition to the canned stuff, one will also find bags of 100% arabica coffees that compete quite strongly with other premium blends.  One of my favorite recent offerings has been their Donut Store Blend with pink packaging suggestive of... well, you know.

To cut right to the chase, I picked up a can of Beaumont Naturally Decaffeinated coffee yesterday for under four bucks.  The verdict?  Love you Aldi, but Beaumont Naturally Decaffeinated is undrinkable.  When it hit my lips, I thought that I might have accidentally filled the coffee filter with cat litter.

I'm no coffee expert, but I do wonder if Beaumont decaf has a high robusta bean content.  That might explain the bitter, dirty taste and the punishing, rotten finish

I was most surprised by the fact that I find Beaumont's instant decaf - probably a lower grade than this, even - much more palatable and even, sometimes, enjoyable.

I'm sure that Beaumont decaf's failings have little to do with Aldi in general, and it is probably a fitting substitute for people used to Maxwell House or Chock Full-O-Nuts canned decaf.  For people who like to buy their coffee in bags, however, stay away.  You'll only find yourself pouring your coffee from the carafe into the drain, bypassing the mug altogether.

Comments

I love Aldi. I can't stand people who make fun of it because they think it's "inferior" quality. All of their food comes from major manufacturers haha. Has that happened to you?
Happens to me all the time! I always say to the critics, though, "come on... do you think that Aldi REALLY has their own vegetable processing and canning plant, separate from Birds Eye, Del Monte or Green Giant? Really?
I thought that I might have accidentally filled the coffee filter with cat litter.

*SPITS MY NOT BAD COFFEE ON THE MONITOR*

(Anonymous)

What's funny is that yuppies won't be caught dead in an Aldi, but they -just love- Trader Joes, even though Trader Joes is a subsidiary of Aldi.

Also, it should be noted that Aldi (and Trader Joes) pay their workers exceptionally well. I knew a girl in Chicago who didn't have to work because her husband managed an Aldi. I didn't believe her, so I checked out the corporate website, and learned that an Aldi store manager makes 100,000+ per year, while cashiers make $16-20 per hour.
HOLY CRAP, that's rad.

i'm going to check them out the next time i do the grocery shopping; there's an Aldi about 3 blocks from my regular grocery store, so it'll be easy.

(Anonymous)

eh.

It looks like they lowered salaries since then... a first year store manager only makes a paltry 70K per year now.

http://www.aldiuscareers.com/mgrbenefits.aspx
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