Hello. My name's Nathan, and I love Trader Joe's. My wife Sonia does too. She's a great shopper, has excellent taste and knows good value when she comes across it. As many of you know, Trader Joe's is unsurpassed in the world of good-value grocery stores, so we spend a lot of our time and money there. Although the store fairly consistently delivers great taste with its own unique line of food products, there are definitely some big-hits, and unfortunately, there are some misses...

After doing a couple of internet searches for reviews of TJ's food items, Sonia discerned an apparent dearth of good, quality reviews for the store's offerings. So, at her suggestion, we decided to embark on a journey of systematically reviewing every Trader Joe's product, resulting in the blog you are about to read...

A couple of months into our Trader Joe's rating adventure, an old college friend, Russ, who unbeknownst to me had been following our TJ's blog, decided that I had been slacking in my blogging duties (which, of course, I was) so he decided to contribute his own original TJ's reviews to the blog, thus enhancing it, making it more complete and adding to it a flavor of his own. He and his wife Sandy are also avid TJ's fans and, as you will soon discover, he is an excellent writer and is nearly as clever, witty and humble as I am.

Seriously though, Russ: You go, boy!

So here it is: "What's Good at Trader Joe's?"

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Trader Joe's Instant Coffee Packets

As I've confessed many times, I'm not exactly a coffee connoisseur. Or even a coffee appreciator. But when it's twenty cents a cup for my daily dose of caffeination, I say "Bring on the java!"

Sonia's fine with this light roast too, because it's not only cheap, it's also ridiculously convenient to just pour the packet into hot water. There are no troubling mishaps with sugar bowls full of ants, annoying blunders with creamers that have been sitting in the fridge too long, or problematic incidents with unrinsed French presses. Just good, cheap coffee, ideal for travel.

I give this product a respectable three and a half stars. Sonia will throw out four on this one.

Bottom line: 7.5 out of 10.


  1. I forgot about these! They were a staple of mine for a while, as it is one of the more palatable instant coffee products out there. I usually brew fresh-ground beans at home and have pretty much cut out sugar intake, but for travel and convenience, these are far better than the hotel coffeemakers, etc. And great for camping as well!

    1. P.S. I usually put 2 in a full-sized mug.

    2. Yes--excellent for camping! And I can see how two packets might make the flavor a little stronger. Good idea.

  2. I agree it great for travelling. It doesn't hurt to ask the flight attendant for hot water and mix it up. TJ's should offer plain sticks for those whom like to dress up. Or cookie butter coffee sticks

    1. Yup, MUCH better than any airline coffee I've ever had. (That stuff is pretty bad!)

  3. I take these camping - they're so portable and easy!