The pros: Trader Joe's Santa Alina Coffee is new, notable, and worth a try.
The cons: This is pricier than the basic varieties of coffee, but not as ridiculously priced as Trader Joe's Geisha or Kona Coffee varieties. It's small lot which makes me concerned that there may be some consistency issues.
The verdict: I've tried quite a few of Trader Joe's Coffee varieties. So far, Trader Joe's Tarrazu has won my heart. Recently, this little bag has become my go to coffee. This is an easy variety to spot on the shelves as it does not come in a canister, but rather a bag.
The bag itself is bright and distinctly colored. The first time I picked it up, it had that distinct roasted coffee smell that some other varieties seemed to be lacking. Best of all, I could smell it and felt like it was something special. For $8.99 for 12 ounces, it's priced as something special too.
The beans are very small and don't look very oily. However, the size of the bean doesn't matter much when you think about the fact that you are going to grind this product anyway. Brewed it had that wake you up in the morning smell. It was a medium colored brew and not nearly as light as Trader Joe's Lys Kaffe.
When sipping the coffee, it reminded much of Trader Joe's Tarrazu with it's smoothness, mild acidity, and well balance taste. However, there is a pleasant bit of earthiness and creaminess that is hard to explain. It made me smile and greet the morning (and made me look forward to my next cup).
If you are wondering about the price premium as compared to say, Trader Joe's Colombia Supremo, it's completely worth it. If you are a coffee drinker and appreciate the characteristics of a medium roast coffee, then this is worth a try.
The bag of Trader Joe's Santa Alina Coffee:
How Trader Joe's describes this product:
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes. I've purchased it twice now. When the current bag is empty, I'll pick it up again.
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