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    Question Trader Joe's Coffees

    I've seen several posts about Trader Joe's coffee but not any pointed questions.

    I can't recall trying them and do recall my friends saying that they have pretty good coffee. I went in to one the other day and was impressed with their selection of origins. With how much they pride themselves on their products, I was surprised that I didn't see a "roasted on date" on the coffee package. I know that they mask the producer of most of their products but figured I would ask, does anyone know who roasts their coffee?

    Also, how do people feel about the quality of their roasts? I understand that people might not like some and was wondering if there are any varieties that roasters would find as acceptable. Thanks.

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    If you really want fresh roasted coffee I don't think you want to buy from them or any of these speciality grocery stores. Even places like Sprouts, World Market & whole foods generally don't have the freshest or properly stored coffee's. But the choice is always yours

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    Since long time ago, I used to buy coffee from Trader Joe's, believing that their coffee is fresh and good.
    But now?!!!!
    I only go there to buy some bananas and few other specialty food items, Never Coffee.
    I have Sprout nearby my house and I know a floor manager who tells me when the freshly roasted coffee comes in. Then, I go there buy once in a while. Normally I bring green beans from Guatemala and roast them by myself.

    to answer your question about "how do "I" feel about the quality of their roast", THEY ARE OLD AND NOT FLAVORFUL. I am sure that they know how to roast, but after they package them, they sit on the shelf for so long that even the KONA COFFEE they sells for $19 for 12oz tastes worse than Cheap coffee (70 points, Semi hard bean) that is freshly roasted and brewed.

    if you can not find coffee roasters in your area, better to buy from any of our forum roasters. Usually they roast them very fresh and the quality and price ratio are way better than many other supposedly "high-end" companies (La Colombe, Inteligensia, LaMill...etc).
    I personally tried many of forum roaster's coffees and they are ALL GOOD. I have not had bad one yet.

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    Ok, so, let's be clear. I roast my own coffee, I hope to never have to purchase their coffee. I was just wondering what people thought about their coffee. I got 1 helpful response. Thanks.

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    cestrin,

    If you roast your own coffee, then you probably already knew the answer to the question.
    Even most coffee shops who roast their own coffee are selling you past due stock.
    Less than the majority are selling you something fresh, and even with places who claim to be "Specialty" coffee shops, only the tiniest fraction are selling you properly roasted AND fresh coffee.

    The idea that any large market carries anything of value is absurd.... with the surprising exception of Target, who actually carries Cup of Excellence coffees under their Archer Farms labels from time to time. If you get it when their shelves are freshly stocked, it can be a respectable offering.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John P View Post
    the surprising exception of Target, who actually carries Cup of Excellence coffees under their Archer Farms labels from time to time.
    Hey John, Target carries CoE coffee under their Archer Farm brand? are you 100% sure about that? can you kindly tell me which CoE have you seen under Archer brand?
    It is just awfully hard to believe and not worth doing it because just storage after roasting time, distribution time and sales period will be closed to 3 week to 4 weeks. Then, the coffee will be past the "fresh" roasted period already.
    what do you think, John?
    thanks John Piquet.

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    Traders Joes use to be roasted by Araban Hingham MA just south of Boston. They use to be in Boston until the Big Dig bought them out. They went under 3 years ago. They lost the TJ account and that started the downward spiral. I heard TJ's picked up a large roasting from the Midwest with Canadian ties. Was told the name but never kept it in memory
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    Target Quietly Stocks Some Seriously Good Coffee On the Cheap

    Archer farms Bullseye


    Don't confuse "respectable" with "as good as a small, artisan roaster." You can't compare the two. But in the world of atrocious supermarket coffee, Target puts their best foot forward, which is much more than I can say for a lot of smaller, independent roasters. Freshness? Better than some, and clearly not as good as others.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John P View Post
    Target Quietly Stocks Some Seriously Good Coffee On the Cheap

    Archer farms Bullseye


    Don't confuse "respectable" with "as good as a small, artisan roaster." You can't compare the two. But in the world of atrocious supermarket coffee, Target puts their best foot forward, which is much more than I can say for a lot of smaller, independent roasters. Freshness? Better than some, and clearly not as good as others.
    hello John, thanks for the reply. however, when I checked the two links you sent me, it again gave me a lot of questions.

    1. first link has a picture of the CoE coffee from Bolivia. But Bolivia is not a part of CoE since 2009.
    and this article was written on March 3, 2011.
    they were a member from 2004 to 2009 only. No more.
    Countries - ACE

    2. Kevin Purdy who wrote the article say that there are 9 CoE countries. this article was wrote in March 2011. In 2011, there were 9 CoE (BUT NO BOLIVIA) and 2012, Burundi joined CoE, so now 10 countries. Just for your reference.

    3. when I checked the comments from people, one of the people said that he would not pay $15 for this Bolivia CoE coffee.
    the main problem is that he bought the coffee in march 2011. but the last Bolivia CoE was held on 2009. And cafe flor de Mayo got #18 at $6.20 and #27 at $4.51. and none of them were bought by target. one by Japanese company and other by Coffee bean international company in Portland, OR ($6.20 lot).
    Bolivia 2009 - ACE

    I truly do not think that Target bought off the Japanese company and if Target had bought some q'ty from Coffee bean int'l company (which I highly doubt it), they can not sell it at $15 retail pricing. that retail pricing is way too low. it just does not calculate.

    and two years difference between the last CoE Bolivia and Target roasting and sales?

    4. This is a big one. One person bought the last "supposedly CoE winner Bolivia" coffee on March 3. he was looking for the roasted date. he could not find it, but the bag said that BEST IF USED BY July 15, 2011. Target claims that their coffee is good until 6 to 7 month after they roast the coffee?
    roasted coffee in a sealed bag + aluminum can which is again sealed?

    also, if you read Archer farms bullseye article, "Penny" talks about everything else except Coffee. Yes, she talks about coffee, but to me, not really. perhaps that is due to what questions that she was asked......

    John, I believe that you are THE MOST STRICT PERSON when it comes to the quality / freshness / standards of being called "respectable" coffee.
    sorry to say this, but just by reading the articles, I can not really say Target Archer coffee is respectable at all due to all of above points that I have mentioned.
    I believe that Sprout & Whole food has way more fresh and better coffee than Target. At least, they put the ROASTED DATE. Not best used by date.
    and giving 5 to 7 month for BEST IF USED BY (for Roasted beans?) in a sealed bag + sealed aluminum can is totally & absolutely ridiculous.
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    By the way, John, in last five month that I have been in this forum as a member and participant, I have read most of your postings. it seems like you have the highest standard for the coffee, no negotiation nor compromises.

    So, if you had actually tried and cupped the Target CoE coffee and you believe that is "respectable range" in your standard, I will absolutely take your word for it because I believe that you are way ahead of me in every aspects of judging / roasting / cupping good coffees.

    thanks John and have a great day.

 

 
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