The pros: Trader Joe's New Mexico Pinon Coffee is flavored coffee without tasting artificial. This is one of the most distinct flavors of coffee I've ever tried.
The cons: This is sold only as pre-ground, so coffee connoisseurs might stick their nose up at this one.
The verdict: Coffee is so very personal. Preference is everything, so I'll do everything I can to describe this most unusual coffee. If you are a coffee drinker and like a solid medium roast, then you might be pleasantly surprised by this coffee. While not traditionally flavored, this coffee has one of the most distinct flavors to it. The flavor is spelled out in the name: Pinon, which is a pine nut, but not these type of Pine nuts. This is the New Mexican variety, so don't expect a traditionally recognizable flavor here.
When I first opened the can it had the aroma of both chocolate and vanilla. However, it is the chocolate aroma that is substantially stronger. When brewed it had a flavor that was all unique on its own. This has the subtle flavor of an almost spiked drink. Yes, it tastes of a mild alcohol (which in my mind isn't a terrible way to start your day. It is after all 5 o'clock somewhere). However, while it tastes of alcohol, there isn't any present. There is also a nice earthiness here as well. It does make a nice medium brew.
For $7.99 for a one pound of coffee that comes pre-ground. That might be because this product is one of the new items sold at Trader Joe's that isn't Trader Joe's. In fact, their website is here. Overall, while I did not love the fact it was pre-ground, it wasn't bad. While I would prefer whole bean coffee this had a nice distinct flavor all its own. Something that might be worth a try if you are there.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The can of Trader Joe's New Mexico Pinon Coffee:
Would I buy this again? Yes, while I wouldn't drink Trader Joe's New Mexico Pinon Coffee all the time, it is a welcome change to my regular brew. I've added this to my rotation of coffees.
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