|Roaster Location:||South Pasadena, California|
|Review Date:||January 2000|
Blind Assessment: This blend expresses the usual bitter-but-sweet paradox of dark-roast coffees with particular intensity. The sweetness is almost sugary and the burned bitterness dramatically sharp. Not much range, development or weight, but the cup does offer a pleasant tickle of fruit and lavender. The bitterness outlasts the sweetness in the aftertaste.
Notes: This blend expresses the usual bitter-but-sweet paradox of dark-roast coffees with particular intensity. The sweetness is almost sugary and the burned bitterness dramatically sharp The Trader Joe 's can is particularly emphatic about the species credentials of this blend: "100% Arabica Beans -- No Robustas." Sold whole bean in a nitrogen-flushed fiberboard can. Cost per ounce: $0.32.
Who Should Drink It: Since people who like dark roasts tend to value intensity over depth and subtlety, this coffee should suit them fine, particularly if they 're on a budget. Brew it strong to offset the relatively light body.
This review originally appeared in the January, 2000 tasting report: Supermarket Coffees