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Trader Joe’s – Low Acid French Roast Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

08/03/2017

coffee, trader joe's, french roast, low acid, review, whole beanAugust 3, 2017

This might have been the first Trader Joe coffee that made it to the trash bin before the can was empty.  Right now I’m salvaging the coffee by grinding it 50/50 with my everyday Tarrazu coffee.

In the grinder there’s a beautiful aroma when the beans are freshly ground.  If only that could transfer to the brewed coffee.  Once brewed and in the cup, the beans turned into a very bitter cup of coffee.  If bitter is what you’re looking for in a cup of coffee, this one’s for you.  That experience isn’t for me.  A shot of Irish cream or half-and-half subdued the bitterness to tolerable levels.  But even then, there was still something about the coffee that wasn’t fully enjoyable.

As for the low acid claim on the label, without using a pH meter, we’ll just have to trust Trader Joe.  I did not feel any burn at the back of the throat or have any acid reflux problems afterwards.  Your reaction may be different.

The coffee beans are smaller than most. From the color and the small amount of oil on the beans, these are on the light side of a dark roast.  There is no country or region of origin stated for the beans. The beans are labeled 100% Arabica, as are around 80% of coffee beans overall.  Price $7.99 (13 ounce can)

Trader Joe’s – Ecuador Vilcabamba – Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

07/14/2017

trader joe's, review, coffee, ecuador, vilcabamba, light-medium roastJuly 14, 2017

Musical beans?  That’s what they are.  Whether scooping these out from the bag, or dropping them into the measuring glass, or even in the grinder, these beans had a clear almost bell-like ring to them.  That’s very interesting and something either not noticed or not experienced in the past with any coffee beans.  And in the cup, that smooth mellow music continues.

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Trader Joe’s – Lys Kaffe – Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

05/20/2017

trader joe, review, price, whole bean coffee, lys kaffe, light coffeeMay 20, 2017
The beans are light brown with no oil.  Lys means light in Norwegian and Kaffe means coffee. All  the pieces fit together to support the claim on the package of “light roast”. The advantage of a light roast is that the  more delicate flavors in the coffee are brought to the front. They are not hidden behind stronger flavors brought out by a dark roast.

Made in a press, the coffee is on the thin and watery side. After all it’s a light roast by design. Once the mouth adjusts to the fact that this is supposed to be a light roast, there’s a nice flavor to the coffee. When cooled some there’s a bit of sourness.  There’s little to no acid and no bad tastes, making this a very smooth coffee. It’s a different experience and an enjoyable one at that. The coffee reminds me of the Jacobs Kronung coffee reviewed a long time ago.

While the taste is different, for comparison purposes, the “strength” of the coffee is somewhere above a strong tea.  For people who don’t like coffee, this may be a gentle way to give coffee a try.  For an everyday dark roast drinker, this is a way to take a break and clear the taste buds – think of  it as sort of a colon cleanse for the mouth?  Price $7.99 (12 ounce can).

For another reviewer’s thoughts on this coffee, see Become Betty here.

Starbucks – Medium Breakfast Blend Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

12/31/2016

starbucks, breakfast blend, medium roast, whole bean, coffeeDecember 31, 2016
This was a gift.  Really this was a re-gift, which was probably a re-gift again from someone who picked up the bag and didn’t notice it was whole beans.  Whatever the tortuous path, it eventually ended with me as I have a coffee grinder.  I’m not proud.

The coffee has a mild but nice aroma in the bag.  The brown colored beans and oil are consistent with the indicated medium roast.  Brewed, the coffee has a fairly strong earthy flavor with a noticeable lingering bitterness.  There’s some acid feel and tartness, especially as the coffee cools, eventually settling (and unsettling) in the stomach.

This is a milder version of a typical Starbucks coffee. For those who like Starbucks, this should be a familiar taste.  It’s drinkable black.  Personally, I’d drink this with some half and half as I normally do the few times I’m in a Starbucks.  Price  ?? – it was a gift

Trader Joe’s Bolivian Blend Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

11/19/2016

coffee, trader joe's, Bolivian Blend, medium dark roast, fair trade, organicNovember 18, 2016

The medium-dark brown fairly oily beans produce a nice aroma on opening the can.   Once brewed, the coffee produces a strong taste which is mildly bitter on the tongue.  As it cools, the coffee transitions to an earthy taste and the bitterness declines.  The bitterness is a good bitterness, like a good beer has some bitterness to it.  However as with many things, bitterness is an acquired taste.  If you’re adverse to bitter tastes, this may not be a coffee for you.  There’s some sense of acidity on the roof of the mouth and in the stomach.

This is a good coffee for people looking for a stronger tasting coffee without going over the edge.  The coffee is labeled as both organic and fair trade.   Price  $7.99 (14 oz can)

Trader Joe’s Tanzania Coffee – Food Review

10/01/2016

trader joe, whole bean coffee, Tanzania, dark roast, arabicaSeptember 30, 2016

The large dark brown oily beans produce a bitter and somewhat watery cup of coffee.  The bitterness has a short delay before hitting the sensory input of the brain.  The initial bitterness subsides quickly after the first sip or two.  However that’s replaced by a less noticeable lingering general bitterness in the whole mouth.  It’s not a horrible coffee, it’s just not my cup of tea.

Of note is the new packaging.  At least this is new to Trader Joe’s.  The outside of the bag is a semi shiny paper.  At the top is a resealable “zipper” style slot which allows access to the beans inside.  However the zipper isn’t located on the top seam so the bag can’t be opened wide.  The zipper placement makes it more difficult to get a scoop in and out to extract the beans.  As the bag empties, the difficulty increases.  Small hands are an asset here.   Inside, the bag is lined with the usual plastic coated shiny foil.  The bag is larger than a “normal” 12 ounce coffee bag.  It’s somewhat surprising that TJ didn’t take some space on the bag to describe in their usual flowery language the new bag.    Price $7.99 (12 ounce bag).

WPC – Rare To Be So Close – Photography

08/20/2016
 It’s rare to be this close (uncropped) and still have a camera!

alligator, close up, eye

tiger, close up

For things which are even rarer, click here.

WPC – Morning – A Poem (sort of) – Photography

08/07/2016
Morning breaks when the first rays of the new sun caress the horizon.
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To see what else crosses the horizon, click here.

Trader Joe’s Breakfast Blend Coffee – Whole Bean – Food Review

05/02/2016
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Trader Joe’s Breakfast Blend

This is perhaps the worst coffee at Trader Joe’s.  Harsh and not tasting much like coffee at all, this breakfast blend may explain why so many people skip breakfast.

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Starbucks Sumatra Whole Bean Coffee – Dark Roast – Food Review

01/26/2016
Starbucks Sumatra Coffee Dark Roast Whole Bean

Starbucks
Sumatra

Want your pee to smell like coffee?  This will do it.

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