The pros: Trader Joe's Tarrazu Coffee is affordable, tasty, and makes for a good daily cup of coffee.
The cons: Nothing much here to complain about beyond personal coffee preferences.
The verdict: For $6.99 you are getting a 13 ounce container of coffee. When I opened my can the smell is pretty intoxicating in a way that freshly roasted beans can be. I don't grind mine at the store. I have my own grinder and I don't like tasting whatever other variety people have ground before me. I was recommended to try this coffee a while back by SteveO of Aint Found a Good Title Blog (and yes, I think it's a great title for a blog).
After grinding it and making a pot of it myself, I enjoyed it very much. I tend to not stick to one type of coffee, but there are certain coffees I gravitate towards. While the container says medium dark, I thought this was more medium. My husband prefers dark coffees like Cafe Bustelo. I had him try a cup of my Tarrazu. While he had nothing bad to say about it, he came up with some interesting commentary. He told me "it reminds me of 7 Eleven coffee."
Now, I can neither confirm or deny the accuracy of this statement, but there is a simple truth there. This coffee is meant to be a well-received middle of the road coffee with wide appeal. As a medium roast drinker I liked it. It had enough bitterness without being a dark brew. I couldn't pick up any unique notes beyond the fact that it tastes well balanced for a coffee.
It may not be everyone's favorite, but if you are having company it may be the best balance of what coffee drinkers like. I'll buy it again.
The container of Trader Joe's Tarrazu Coffee:
The about the main ingredient, coffee:
A little more about the product
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, as a daily cup of Joe this was good coffee. It's nothing that will wow or amaze you, but it makes for a solid medium brew. Thanks for the recommendation SteveO!
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Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
Over the years we've tried several of their roasts, but the only one we've purchased more than once was one that had a nifty toucan on the can!
Thanks. ? Since my local 7 Eleven burnt to the ground (no it wasn't the coffee) a long time ago, I'm going to have to find one so I can try their coffee. The Tarrazu is still my daily drinker. The Honduran and Bali Blue Moon, for a dollar or two more, are other TJ coffees worth a try.
I'll have to try that toi
Joe Gold says
At $8.60/lb this coffee is not worth the price. Costco routinely sells French Roast for $6.20/lb and you can’t go wrong with it. The Peets sells for $6.25/lb when on sale, and is even better.