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Coffee Prices around Australia. Canberra does OK

By buzz819 - 1 May 2013 24

aldi coffee machine

Canberra is apparently about average when it comes to cost of a cappuccino, according to the Gilkatho Cappuccino Price Index for Q1 this year

I went searching after seeing this article on another news website

Maybe this is why petrol is more expensive?

[ED – alternatively there’s the glory of the Aldi coffee machine pictured]

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Coffee Prices around Australia. Canberra does OK
JC 11:44 am 03 May 13

I have a 2nd generation Aldi machine and never have had issues with Woolworths or MAP pods. As mentioned they all use the same system and the Woolworths and Aldi machine are identical from a mechanical perspective they only differ in styling. The same company Caffitaly makes them both as well as machines for other brands too.

Watson 10:11 am 03 May 13

JC said :

Not true. The Aldi machine is made by the company who also make the Woolworths machine with the pods also used in nap machines. Pods that fit can be got from Aldi, Woolies, Gloria Jeans (also sold at Woolies) and cough cough Starbucks. Think the pods are called cafeitalia or something like that.

I do not recommend using any of the Woolies pods in the Aldi machine. They are a slightly different size which causes them to often get stuck and for some reason they seem to build up a higher pressure inside them which occasionally causes them to burst and fill the cup with grounds. I believe you risk breaking your Aldi machine too if you use these regularly.

I think the Map ones are ok, but I haven’t tried them myself.

The only reason why I would ever buy a coffee at a cafe is if I go there to socialise and people watch. But these days I try to avoid times when I usually need a caffeine fix and order a juice or softdrink instead. The time people take to make a cuppa in some of these places makes me despair sometimes too.

Madam Cholet 9:36 am 03 May 13

JC said :

johnboy said :

Aldi machine goes for $90, but you can only buy the pods from Aldi.

excellent for morning cuppas and Sunday afternoons I find.

there’s many a public servant selling aldi coffee for $1 a cup around the place.

Not true. The Aldi machine is made by the company who also make the Woolworths machine with the pods also used in nap machines. Pods that fit can be got from Aldi, Woolies, Gloria Jeans (also sold at Woolies) and cough cough Starbucks. Think the pods are called cafeitalia or something like that.

I didn’t think the Woolies pods and Aldi pods were compatible with both machines. The Map pods available at Target fit the Woolies machine as do Gloria Jeans and Woolies own brand. They are larger pods with the inbuilt filter. I think realistically you can use any pod in any machine, but some machines have filters and some do not (in which case they will be in the actual pod), so may effect the quality of your coffee.

JC 11:25 pm 02 May 13

johnboy said :

Aldi machine goes for $90, but you can only buy the pods from Aldi.

excellent for morning cuppas and Sunday afternoons I find.

there’s many a public servant selling aldi coffee for $1 a cup around the place.

Not true. The Aldi machine is made by the company who also make the Woolworths machine with the pods also used in nap machines. Pods that fit can be got from Aldi, Woolies, Gloria Jeans (also sold at Woolies) and cough cough Starbucks. Think the pods are called cafeitalia or something like that.

bikhet 4:57 pm 02 May 13

Genie said :

Free coffee in my building makes me wonder why people even go buy it

To avoid working?

rosscoact 4:57 pm 02 May 13

c_c™ said :

rosscoact said :

astrojax said :

yes, but what’s the price of good coffee?

$3.50

I think context is important. Coffee shops make around 70% profit on a coffee, probably down to 40-50% after staff costs. So it is a margin rich product, let’s not kid ourselves about that.

But if it’s a small cafe, where the product is consistently good quality and the staff are good, I’m fine paying $3-$5 for a coffee.

Where it’s out of line I think is the larger chains, I’m looking at you Gloria Jeans and Coffee Guru, who enjoy far larger scales of economy, but charge much more. If you’re lining up at one of those stores, where the staff are often sub par and so is the product, you’re getting ripped.

I’ve had coffee at Gloria Jeans which wasn’t that great, didn’t like it at all. Nothing wrong with it but just blah, although don’t get me started on the customer service model.

Had a coffee at a Melbourne Hudsons that went straight into a bin, undrinkable.

I think that’s it for the chains.

Coffee is a funny thing and definitely polarises people but overall, I think we’re reasonable well served n Canberra.

c_c™ 4:06 pm 02 May 13

rosscoact said :

astrojax said :

yes, but what’s the price of good coffee?

$3.50

I think context is important. Coffee shops make around 70% profit on a coffee, probably down to 40-50% after staff costs. So it is a margin rich product, let’s not kid ourselves about that.

But if it’s a small cafe, where the product is consistently good quality and the staff are good, I’m fine paying $3-$5 for a coffee.

Where it’s out of line I think is the larger chains, I’m looking at you Gloria Jeans and Coffee Guru, who enjoy far larger scales of economy, but charge much more. If you’re lining up at one of those stores, where the staff are often sub par and so is the product, you’re getting ripped.

Genie 3:55 pm 02 May 13

rosscoact said :

astrojax said :

yes, but what’s the price of good coffee?

$3.50

Most of the coffee shops where I work have upped their prices to $3.80 for a coffee.

Free coffee in my building makes me wonder why people even go buy it

rosscoact 3:35 pm 02 May 13

astrojax said :

yes, but what’s the price of good coffee?

$3.50

johnboy 3:15 pm 02 May 13

Aldi machine goes for $90, but you can only buy the pods from Aldi.

excellent for morning cuppas and Sunday afternoons I find.

there’s many a public servant selling aldi coffee for $1 a cup around the place.

poetix 3:13 pm 02 May 13

By my calculations, buying one of those ALDI machines would save me around $2000 a year. (Depending on how much they cost.) The amount I spend on coffee is obviously ridiculous.

On the other hand, I like getting out to cafes.

Such a dilemma.

Watson 1:33 pm 02 May 13

Yep, 35c per pod at Aldi. And as I drink mine black/no sugar, it tastes better than the ultra-bitter sludge they serve at most cafes for over 10 times that price.

astrojax 1:13 pm 02 May 13

yes, but what’s the price of good coffee?

KT67 1:02 pm 02 May 13

The price used to fluctuate daily depending who was on the till at one well know Braddon establishment until they stuck a price list one the register.

magiccar9 12:15 pm 02 May 13

I can’t afford to buy a coffee anymore….. The last few rounds of Federal Government spending, resulting in them dipping into my wallet, has been justified to us as “the equivalent of 1 cup of coffee per week”. It’s at the stage where I can’t give up anymore coffee’s per week. Lord knows what I’ll do when I need caffeine!

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