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Trader Joe Coffee Review: Top 10 Best Trader Joes Coffee For You

Trader Joe’s is an American grocery chain that, according to an article written by Beth Kowitt titled ‘Inside the Secret World of Trader Joe’s,’ elevates the customer’s shopping experience from being a simple chore to an exceptional cultural experience. 

As of January 19, 2021, there are 530 stores of Trader Joe’s situated in different states all over America. Each store has its shelves stocked with various products that range from low-cost, yuppie-friendly staples and exotic yet affordable luxuries. 

The grocery chain is also well-known due to the eye-catching and vibrant Hawaiian shirts that the employees wear as a uniform, which is treated as one of the grocery chain’s trademarks. 

Not only is it a grocery chain that gives its target market a wide range of choices and is spread-out all-over America, but it also allows its customers to shop online and in the convenience of their own homes through numerous resale sites. 

Among the products that Trader Joe’s offers, the several coffee products they sell are among the few ones that entice the market.

trader joe coffee reviews

Top 5 Trader Joes Coffee

IMAGE PRODUCT DETAILS  
 Trader Joe’s Organic Sumatra Coffee
  • Most popular trader joe coffee.
  • 100% Arabica Coffee Bean,
  • Each Bean is picked, washed and pulped by hand.
Trader Joe’s Instant Cold Brew Coffee
  • 4.4 Out of 5 Stars.
  • Has a dark, rich and smooth taste.
  • No need to grind the product, you can just consume!
Trader Joe’s Whole Bean Barista Espresso Coffee Blend
  • Delicious Taste, with notes of nuts and caramel.
  • Made From Arabica and Robusta.
  • It has positive feedback and all praise the unique flavor that the coffee offers.
Trader Joe’s Colombia Supremo Coffee
  • It’s complex and rich and has a nice balance of acidity and body in every cup.
  • It’s sweet with a hint of chocolate in every sip.
Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Wake Up Blend Coffee
  • It garnered a total of 4.7 out of 5 stars in its customer reviews section.
  • The taste has been consistent with its delicious and well-balanced mixture which is applauded by many customers.
  • It is medium-roast and made from 100% Arabica Whole Bean Coffee.

1. Trader Joe’s Organic Sumatra Coffee

Trader Joe's SUMATRA

Trader Joe’s Organic Sumatra Coffee has been at the top of the list of several articles tackling the numerous coffee products that Trader Joe’s offers. 

The coffee is sold in a pack of 2 and costs $34.25. It is also sold in a pack of 3 which costs $338.84 and a pack of 4 which costs $452.18. The packaging contains cans that each contain a total of 13oz or 369g, with a total of 1.9 pounds per packaging (pack of 2). 

Trader Joe’s Organic Sumatra Coffee is made from 100% Arabic Whole Bean Coffee and is medium-dark roast and smooth. Each bean is picked, washed, and pulped by hand. 

The product garnered a total of 3.9 out of 5 stars in its customer reviews. Though this much could be said regarding the product, the coffee beans tend to be very oily and could tend to be over roasted for some customers, thus producing a bitter taste for some.


2. Trader Joes Ethiopian Whole Bean Coffee

Trader Joes Ethiopian Whole Bean Coffee

Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Shade Grown Ethiopian Whole Bean Coffee is usually sold for $22.39 but is currently discounted, thus is now sold at $10.20. It is also sold in several packaging which is: a pack of 2 which costs $137.08, a pack of 3 which costs $205.62, a pack of 4 which costs $274.16, and a pack of 10 which costs $685.40.

Each canister contains 13oz or 369g and, similar to Trader Joe’s Sumatra Coffee, each pack weighs 1.9 Pounds (Pack of 2). Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Shade Grown Ethiopian Whole Bean Coffee’s beans aren’t as dark as the Organic Sumatra Coffee, which is a better option for customers that like lighter roasts.

The product garnered a total of 4.3 out of 5 stars in its customer reviews, not much different from Organic Sumatra Coffee. The downside that could be noted down with this product is that it is too expensive for some customers.


3. Trader Joe’s Whole Bean Barista Espresso Coffee Blend

Trader Joe’s Whole Bean Barista Espresso Coffee Blend

Trader Joe’s Whole Bean Barista Espresso Coffee Blend is sold in a pack of 2 and costs $23.50 per packaging. Each bag contains a total of 13oz or 369g, and since it is sold in a pack of 2, the package contains a total of 1.9 pounds of the whole bean.

The Barista Espresso Coffee Blend is made from Arabica and Robusta and, though the coffee beans are of light-medium roast, emits an intense flavor and delicious crema. It also has notes of nuts, caramel, and citrus. The product garnered a total of 4.9 out of 5 stars in its customer reviews.

It has positive feedback and all praise the unique flavor that the coffee offers. Though extra precaution should always be exercised especially if the customer has certain allergies to the ingredients contained inside the product.


4. Trader Joe’s Colombia Supremo Coffee

Trader Joe’s Colombia Supremo Coffee

Trader Joe’s Colombia Supremo Coffee is sold for $19.95 per canister. The canister contains a total of 14oz or 397g.

The Colombia Supremo Coffee exudes a sweet and rich taste that could be suitable to some of the customers that prefer a medium roast that’s sweet and aromatic. The Colombia Supremo Coffee garnered a total of 3.8 out of 5 stars in its customer reviews section.

Though it lives up to the taste and description it contains, the size and taste don’t match the price that has been set on it and are considered to be far too expensive for what the product offers.


5. Original Trader Joe Coffee

Trader Joe Coffee

Trader Joe’s Joe Coffee is sold in 2 packs of 14oz per canister. The pack of 2 coffees usually costs $24.21 but is now on a lower price which is $8.01. It also has different variations of packaging such as .2 set-14 oz (Pack of 2) for $149.00, .3 set-14oz (Pack of 2) for $223.50, 4 set-14oz (Pack of 2) for $298.00, and .10 set-14oz (Pack of 2) for $745.00.

The coffee is made from 100% Arabica Whole Bean Coffee and is medium-roast. It exudes a smooth texture once grounded and served. It garnered a total of 4.6 out of 5 stars in its customer reviews section.

Though it has a considerably high customer rating, the coffee is a bit bitter than what has been stated and some beans have the tendency to be stale, thus producing a not-so-pleasant taste for the customer.

The distribution of the products to the customer varies thus producing a sort of inconsistency when it comes to its condition and taste.


6. Trader Joe’s Instant Cold Brew Coffee

Trader Joe's Instant Cold Brew Coffee

Trader Joe’s Instant Cold Brew Coffee is usually sold in a glass bottle that contains a total of 3.5oz or 99g of coffee. Each bottle costs $10.00 and is also sold in variations. 3.5oz (pack of 1) two packs costs $14.46, .3 set (3.5oz; pack of 1) costs $125.16, .4 set (3.5oz; pack of 1) costs $166.88, .2 set (3.5oz; pack of 1) costs $83.44, and .10 set (3.5oz; pack of 1) costs $417.20.

Trader Joe’s Instant Cold Brew Coffee is made from 100% Arabica Beans from India and presents a dark, rich, and smooth taste with a caramel-like aroma. There’s no need to grind the product, all you have to do is add a teaspoon of the instant coffee to 12oz of hot or cold water.

It garnered a total of 4.4 out of 5 stars in its customer review section. The product presents a rich taste and is easily prepared compared to the other products, which is an edge it possesses.

Though it considerably contains a high rating and is praised by a lot of customers, the only complaint about it is that it doesn’t help with the late nights. It doesn’t contain the usual caffeine that can help you stay up for hours.


7. Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Wake Up Blend Coffee

Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Wake Up Blend Coffee

Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Wake Up Blend Coffee is sold for $29.90 per canister. The product contains a total of 28oz or 794g per canister. It is medium-roast and made from 100% Arabica Whole Bean Coffee.

The coffee, once prepared, provides a smooth and well-balanced taste and could make up to 105 cups of coffee (6oz) with a single canister. It garnered a total of 4.7 out of 5 stars in its customer reviews section.

The product received various and contradicting reviews in which some claimed that it is contained in a container durable enough to keep the beans safe while in transit, while some received the product emitting a foul odor similar to a rotten smell.

The taste has been consistent with its delicious and well-balanced mixture which is applauded by many customers.


8. Trader Joe’s JOE’S Dark Roast Coffee

Trader Joe’s JOE’S Dark Roast Coffee

Trader Joe’s JOE’S Dark Roast Coffee is usually sold in a pack of 2 that costs $17.99 per packaging.

The product also has a variation of packaging such as .2 set (pack of 2) which costs $125.16, .3 set (pack of 2) that costs $187.74, .4 set (pack of 2) that costs $250.32, and .10 set (pack of 2) that costs $625.80. Per Pack, the product contains a total of 13oz or 369g of coffee.

It is made from 100% Arabica Ground Coffee and emits a rich, full-bodied dark roast with a smooth aroma. It garnered a total of 4.6 out of 5 stars in its customer reviews section.

The coffee received compliments due to it being true to the taste it promised and the customers were more than satisfied with its taste. Though it received positive feedback, complaints about its high price are still evident.


9. Trader Joe Organic Breakfast Blend

Trader Joe Organic Breakfast Blend

Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Breakfast Blend Whole Bean Coffee is sold for $21.98 per canister. The product is also sold in a pack of 2 which costs $123.10, a pack of 3 that costs $184.71, a pack of 4 that costs $246.32, and a pack of 10 which costs $613.96. There is a total of 14oz or 397g of coffee beans per canister.

The Organic Breakfast Blend is made from 100% South American Arabica Whole Bean Coffee and is roasted to a medium brown. The mellow and smooth taste of the coffee is greatly complimented by the sweet caramel notes and floral overtones. It garnered a total of 4.7 out of 5 stars in its customer reviews.

Though the product stayed true to its flavorful and smooth taste and garnered a fair enough positive outcome, the customers deemed it to be far too overpriced.


10. Trader Joe’s Coffee Cups

Trader Joe's Coffee Cups

Trader Joe’s Coffee Cups is usually sold in a pack of 2 which costs $19.98 per packaging. The Coffee Cups are also sold in variations such as the .2 set that costs $138.47 and the .4 set that costs $276.94. Each box contains 12 single-serve cups and the entire box weighs a total of 5.08oz or 144g.

It is made from 100% Arabica Coffee and emits a bittersweet yet rich and finishes with smooth caramel notes. It is formed into little cups that already contain both the ground coffee and filter and is ready to be placed in your mugs.

It garnered a total of 4.5 out of 5 stars in its customer reviews section. It has mixed responses that contradict each other.

The inconsistency of the product produced negative comments such as the staleness of the beans which prove the lack of freshness of the product.


Trader Joe Coffee Buyers Guide

The 10 coffee products that have been reviewed and stated above prove that Trader Joe’s produces varieties of coffees to try and meet the unique and different taste buds of their target market.

A company that prioritizes and uses its target market’s personal preferences produces a variation of its product to better cope and adjust to the demands of the market. A proof to this statement is the numerous blogs and articles written by different coffee enthusiasts, detailing their personal preference and even ranking the Trader Joe’s coffees they tried.

According to a blog post that Voltage Coffee posted last June 3, 2021, Trader Joe’s offers nice blends at reasonable prices, this includes some of the small-lot coffees which are offered at reasonable and extraordinary prices.

The blogpost even said that Trader Joe’s coffee aisle would definitely be one of their regular stops.

What Is The Best Trader Joe Coffee

Out of all the blog posts that I have encountered, they all have a common denominator of coffee products. On the top of that list is the Trade Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Breakfast Blend.

Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Wake Up Blend Coffee

This coffee was dubbed as “the type of coffee you would need to wake up every morning”, staying true to its title. Some blogs recommend it as a cold drink, though having it hot still provides the mellow, mild sweetness, and straightforward taste it originally contains.

Next on the list is Trader Joe’s Organic Sumatra Coffee. The medium-dark roast plastered in front of its packaging is proven and tested by these bloggers, having similar descriptions regarding the coffee.

The flavor that Organic Sumatra gives off is mostly just dark roastiness, with a little sweetness. Though having a stronger taste, it still gives off a smooth texture. Following Organic Sumatra, Trader Joe’s Organic Fair Trade Shade Grown Ethiopian Coffee takes the next spot.

True to its description, the Shade Grown Ethiopian Coffee provides a fruity flavor with a little sweetness of roasty sweet caramel. Last on the list of common denominators is Trader Joe’s Barista Espresso Coffee Blend. The blend offers flavors of dark chocolate and a twinge of grapefruit.

Where Do Trader Joe Get There Beans From?

Now after everything, some might ask where the beans of these coffee products come from. In some of the blog posts that I have read, some of Trader Joe’s coffee products have the words “Fair Trade” plastered on their packaging, which indicates that these products are fair trade certified and a part of the sale price goes to the communities where the coffee beans originated.

The coffee beans used by Trader Joe’s usually come from Ethiopia and Peru. The Ethiopian coffee beans mostly come from the Oromia Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union or the OCFCU.

best coffee at trader joe's
Trader Joe Coffee Collection

It is without a doubt that coffee plays an important role in the lives of most people, especially the ones that face a long day ahead at work most of the time. The generation these days also relies a lot on coffee and considers it as their go-to drink and energy drink every time they feel stressed and exhausted already.

The usual one cup a day turns into 3-5 cups a day to keep up with the demands of our society.

Those demands vary, depending on the challenge you face each day. With that being said, one must certainly know the type of blend that would suit them the best, after all, it would be like the armor they need to wear to face the battle that day has in store for them.

Conclusion

Though this must have been quite a lengthy review, I sincerely thank you for having the time to read my summary of the coffee products that are being offered by one of the most respected and innovative grocery chains, Trader Joe’s.

About Denise Opi

Hi, my name is Denise and I hail from Lille, France. I am a teacher by day, and a coffee lover by night! My family owns a coffee farm, and I am excited to share my journey with everyone!