Trader Joe's Instant Coffee Review |
  • Trader Joe's

    Monrovia, California
  • 100% Colombia Instant Coffee

Roast: NA Review Date: March 2011
Origin: Colombia. All coffee of the Arabica species. Price: $2.99/3.5 ounces instant

Blind Assessment: Steamed wood (boiling water poured on board), caramel and a hint of dark chocolate in the aroma. The acidity hints at brightness, but lapses into a dull bitterness as the cup cools. Lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Boiled, or maybe burned, wood in the cup, rounded by caramel and the barest suggestion of dark chocolate. Sweet in the finish though quite astringent.

Notes: An instant coffee evaluated as mixed in proportions of 2.5 grams to 150 ml or 5 ounces of hot water. Assuming a larger cup size and a more generous 3 grams per serving, this product costs approximately 9 cents per serving. Trader Joe’s is an innovative discount gourmet and natural foods supermarket chain with stores in over twenty states. Visit for more information. Visit for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Good price for a slightly less offensive instant than most.


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