The pros: Trader Joe's Honey Processed Organic Nicaraguan Coffee is new and a mild medium brew.
The cons: If you were hoping for a coffee that does not require some sugar, then you might be disappointed. But the bag does explain the whole "honey processed" name.
The verdict: I'm pretty sure that every time Trader Joe's has a small lot variety of coffee, I end up picking it up. This was no exception when I picked it up back in August. Sometimes I just get backtracked in writing reviews for various items.
Now, most of Trader Joe's regular rotation of coffees are found in cans with a couple exceptions like the not so great Geisha Coffee. However, most of the small lot, single origin coffees tend to be found in bags. This bag is no different. It holds twelve ounces of coffee and sells for $8.99. It's a bit of a premium, however the coffee is labeled as organic which always seems to raise the price of anything.
The first thing that stood out to me is the honey processed name. Sounds appetizing to me. However, while it appears in the name, it does not translate to honey actually being in this product. It's actually a reference to how these beans are dried. So you are getting a medium roasted bean that has a nice sheen to each bean. Once ground, it has a pleasant coffee like fragrance.
Once brewed you'll end up with a pleasant, but not distinct cup of coffee. The coffee is very smooth and not acidic. It's also well balanced. It also has a subtle creaminess to the flavor that works well if you add milk to your cup of joe. Now, while Trader Joe's offers lots of coffee varieties in the medium to dark range, there is a problem with offering so many: they start to blend together. Don't get me wrong, this is good coffee, but I also like feeling like I am drinking something different and unique. Around the holidays Trader Joe's offers a flight of chocolate that will have you picking apart different notes of the chocolate. I think if I had a dozen medium brews lined up, there are only a handful that I could pick up. Overall, it was a good choice and made for an otherwise pleasant cup. But there was nothing standout either. So, it might end up in my cart again. It might not. It is just another medium brew with only the slightest notes that scream "I'm different from every coffee on the shelf." I was missing that. Plus, Trader Joe's seems to come out with a new single origin coffee seemingly every other month so there is always something new to reach for (like the Zambia coffee I just bought the other day).
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
How Trader Joe's describes this and how to prepare:
Out of the package you get:
After being brewed you get:
Would I buy this again? Trader Joe's Honey Processed Organic Nicaraguan Coffee is good, but there are so many good choices in the medium roast range. There was nothing truly standout about the flavor, but it was a good coffee.
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