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The beans are large and dark with a satin sheen provided by a moderate amount of oil. The beans have a ‘roast’, but not burnt, aroma. Lacking is a real coffee aroma. First sip of the brewed coffee is bitter. The coffee remains bitter throughout the cup with the usual lessening due to the coffee cooling and the mouth adjusting to the bitterness. The bitterness overwhelms any other characteristics of the coffee. This is not a cup of coffee I look forward to having tomorrow. Comparing to my review of another Trader Joe’s Sumatra coffee from 2015, this appears to be a very similar coffee. A very coarse (chunky) grind and strictly controlling the brew time helps eliminate some of the bitterness producing a better, but still bitter, cup of coffee. Nice can design.
There’s no added yellow color, which isn’t really important. For a sharp cheddar, this has a rather weak taste. Physically this is also rather soft for a sharp cheddar. There’s a peppery-like sharpness after a few seconds on the tongue. This is not what I expect from a sharp cheddar. On the plus side, the price at $4.99 per pound is rather reasonable. Calories clock in at 120 per ounce.
Here’s a step up from your basic under $1 frozen burrito. This is a roughly 7 1/2 inch tortilla folded over in half on the filling. In short, it’s a quesadilla. The tortilla is “pre-toasted” giving it some substance even after freezing. At 400 calories it’s big enough to feel like you’ve had more than a snack. The filling is tasty and mildly spicy. On the negative side, the filling is somewhat pasty – although not as much as those under $1 frozen burritos. There are small chunks of chicken mixed in with the other ingredients giving the filling a little more texture. The quesadilla cooks up nicely in the microwave using the printed directions (3 minutes on 50% power and then 1 minute on high). Overall, for a relatively inexpensive frozen entrée, this is a good choice but not reaching the level of greatness.
Price $3.69 (2 per box) Calories 400 per quesadilla
This is my first encounter with “Korean” food. So there’s no point of reference for comparison. However I’m reasonably sure that a decent Korean restaurant would provide a much better first experience.
It’s not really dark chocolate. But it’s not milk chocolate either. Here’s the reason, it’s made in the USA. But it’s still good. Too good!
Why does the USA matter? Because, the USA seems to have an aversion to dark chocolate. Other Choceur products I’ve tried were imported from Germany where dark chocolate is typically more robust. While disappointed that the chocolate wasn’t what I was expecting, these are still very good. In fact so good it’s relatively easy to eat the whole 7 ounce package in a short time. At 170 calories per listed serving, and 5 servings per package, that’s 850 calories – about 1/2 of the total calories most of us need for an entire day! So ration yourself.
Price $2.79 (7 ounce package – 5 servings) Calories 170 per serving (10 pieces)