Smooth And Mellow Whole Bean Coffee – Food Review – Trader Joe’s

Smooth & Mellow Whole Bean Coffee Trader Joe's

Smooth & Mellow
Whole Bean Coffee
Trader Joe’s

Smooth and mellow?  Reasonably so.

Smooth and mellow may not be the best description for this coffee, even if that’s what the name implies.

The beans have light oil on them with a medium to medium-dark color.  Trader Joe classifies this as an American or City roast.  I’m not sure what that means unless they strap the beans to the exhaust of a bus and roast it that way?  I’d call it a medium+ roast.  There’s a slight burnt smell to the beans.  When brewed the slightly burnt taste is more noticeable.  There’s also a small amount of bitterness which increases after the coffee is out of the mouth.  However the bitterness goes away, or the mouth gets used to it, when the coffee has cooled a little.

My first impression was, I didn’t really care for this coffee.  It’s not that it was bad.  It’s just that there are better coffees out there.  Even so, after drinking this for a couple of weeks I’d have no problem making this my everyday cup of coffee.  But it hasn’t dethroned its sibling, the TJ Tarrazu, in my cupboard.

There is no designation for region of origin on the can.  There is no fair trade designation either.  The beans are labeled Arabica, as are about 80% of the coffee produced in the world.   The label states this is a blend of coffee beans.   Of note, this is a 14 ounce can.  That’s 2 more ounces than the more common  12 ounces in this size range.  For comparison, that brings the cost down to about $5.60 for 12 ounces.  A pretty good value considering the quality.

While there are a few negatives, it’s a pretty decent coffee with a rich taste.  The name is a little misleading but the coffee is still worth your consideration especially if you’re looking to save a little money on your grocery bill.

Price $6.49 (14 ounce can)

Smooth & Mellow Whole Bean Coffee Trader Joe's

Smooth & Mellow
Whole Bean Coffee
Trader Joe’s



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2 Responses to “Smooth And Mellow Whole Bean Coffee – Food Review – Trader Joe’s”

  1. M.R. Emberson Says:

    Your “City roast” joke really cracked me up! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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