Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fair Trade Organic Bolivian Blend


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Price: $6.49 (14 Oz)
Features: One of the best Trader Joe's coffees, just the right roast!
Found in: Coffee / tea aisle

I bought TJ's Bolivian Blend because it was the cheapest organic & fair trade option. I figured it would be decent, but didn't expect it to be excellent. Well, I was wrong there! This is easily one of the best Trader Joe's coffees, and certainly the best organic fair trade TJ's coffee blend.

The "medium dark roast" is perfect for my tastes. It strikes a nice balance between the rich smokey flavors developed in a darker roast (without tasting burned), preserves the more complex sweet and spicy flavors of a lighter roast, but isn't overly acidic (which can be a problem for the lighter roasts at TJ's). The result is a very smooth drinking brew with a distinct sweet caramel flavor. I'm drinking a cup straight out of the french press as I write. Usually I go for the cream to smooth things out, but I don't even miss it with this coffee! (It is also great with cream, don't worry.)

Here is what Trader Joe has to say about this blend:
Trader Joe's Bolivian Blend Coffee is a fair trade coffee that is sourced from small family farms in the land located between the peaks of the Andes and the Amazon Basin - the heart of Bolivian coffee country. This region has the ideal growing conditions for this unique, perfectly balanced coffee. Our Bolivian Blend is a medium-dark roast with a smooth textured body, delicate acidity, and sweet flavor and caramel characteristics.

Well, that explains why it is so good. Here is a tantalizing shot of a steaming fresh cup. Go get some!

5 comments:

Asa said...

We just bought some of these beans a couple visits ago and totally agree. This is a great bargain. It's very good coffee.

Vlock said...

I drink coffee every morning, and this made my stomach very sick, and smelly! Be careful, it could ruin your day, night, sheets, seats, etc. The taste also is very acidic and bitter...

rachelsolveira said...

Drinking a cup of this right now! Very good coffe. All that it promised to be. Not sure what your talking about Vlock.

Daryl said...

Truly great coffee indeed. Very smooth finish with no sour aftertaste. However, I believe you have to tweak the proportion to get it tasting right and also it depends on your method of preparation and grinding. I use a Cuisinart drip coffeemaker and ground my beans at TJs. My first cup was bad because I used too little beans... Now it's my favourite. Tried the TJ's Colombian Supremo, I didn't like that one...

Zombiemommy said...

I am soooooooo in love with this coffee.