Dallmayr Prodomo (whole beans) in the test
Dallmayr Prodomo in the test: Of course, the well-known and popular Dallmayr brand should not be missing from our test series. We decided on the Prodomo variety and would like to present our result to you here. Of course, the most important thing for us is the scent of the coffee beans when opening the pack or the coffee when it is being prepared, and of course the crema. For our overall assessment, of course, we also took the price-performance ratio into account. Read with us how the Prodomo fares.
The packaging of the Dallmayr Prodomo
The advertising of Dallmayr Prodomo from Alois Dallmayr OHG in Munich is seductive and really skilfully presented. On the packaging, which is mainly in shades of gold, the company advertises with a “quality guarantee” and the additional versions “finest premium coffee, gently and specially refined, 100% Arabica”. We decided on the variant with whole beans and 500 g, which we tested both in the fully automatic coffee machine and with the hand filter. Unfortunately, it was not clear from the packaging from which countries the 100% Arabica beans come from.
The scent when you open it
In a nutshell: the coffee smells good when you open it. Typically delicious after coffee, with a little chocolaty note. We are sure that it not only says 100% Arabica, but is also the “inside” is purely Arabica.
The taste after preparation
Freshly ground in our fully automatic coffee machine, we were now very excited about the taste test. We decided to make a “normal” coffee. The result: After the promise in the advertising “perfectly refined top coffee”, we really would have expected a different taste. The first sip tasted good, let’s say “delicious”. As a rule, however, coffee is not drunk in “one go”. A little later it tasted a bit sour and unfortunately there wasn’t much to discover of the “full aroma”. In the finish, the taste of the coffee was even a little dull. For us personally, the variety clearly tastes best when the coffee is still really hot. The results with espresso, latte macchiato and cappuccino were unfortunately a bit sobering in terms of taste.
In fact, our impressions after a fresh and somewhat coarser grinding for the hand filter were definitely more positive. Perhaps this type of extraction is simply the better option for Dallmayr Prodomo. Nevertheless, there are of course still differences to higher-priced varieties. After all, there has to be a reason for the price difference, for example to varieties from Lavazza or Segafredo. However, we didn’t find the coffee too bitter, so we trust the advertising, which promises that the variety has enjoyed a special refinement, although of course we cannot judge at this point how exactly you can imagine the refinement process.
The crema of the Dallmayr Prodomo
This was not particularly strong, let alone long-lasting. It looked rather watery and lay like a breath over the drink. At this point, we don’t want to make our overall judgment too dependent on this. After all, we liked the filtered version better, and it does well without a crema.
Can this variety be used in all coffee machines?
Most suppliers of this coffee point out that it is particularly suitable for preparation in fully automatic coffee machines. Oh well. Tests in this segment are of course always dependent on the taste preferences of the testers. In addition, comparisons with varieties that have already been tasted are of course automatically used – at least unconsciously. The Dallmayr Crema d’Oro Intensa was tested better by the same manufacturer.
But as already mentioned, Dallmayr Prodomo could not convince us with the fully automatic machine. We liked the preparation in the good old coffee machine better. Perhaps it is the too fine roasting of the machine, or the more leisurely brewing process with the filter machine, which simply gets more out of the arabica beans. In any case, we prefer the latter option.
As with almost all varieties, whether in the lower or upper price segment, dry, cool storage is of course absolutely recommended. For longer storage, it is also always advisable to keep whole beans and only grind them fresh when needed. After opening, you can also fill the sales packaging into a container with an airtight seal so that the coffee beans can be stored in the refrigerator and taken out of the refrigerator five minutes before preparation. Do not underestimate the importance of the airtight container, especially in the refrigerator, if you do not want to experience a nasty aroma surprise. Coffee quickly absorbs foreign smells, which can have a negative effect on the taste if stored incorrectly.
Conclusion on the Dallmayr Prodomo
Unfortunately, in our opinion, Dallmayr Prodomo does not keep what the advertising promises. Unfortunately, perfection has not been achieved here. The coffee we prepare from the fully automatic coffee machine does not taste as good as we would have expected from the type. We found the Prodomo to be a bit bland and we lacked a particularly aromatic body compared to absolute top roasts. The subsequent assessment of the preparation with the filter was more positive. Here Dallmayr Prodomo surprised us after the first result and compares favorably with some competing products from the supermarket.
The product, which is located in the lower price segment, certainly has many fans, but it was only partially able to convince us in the areas listed here.