Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Trader Joe's Organic Cold Brew Coffee

"Hi, my name's Dada, and I need to eat more coffee."

When they're not too busy calling me "Uncle Russ" or "Rusty" or threatening to eat my head, this is how my kids (almost five and two and a half years old) are choosing to mock me these days. I suppose it could be worse.

But imagine a little voice saying that, in a mockingly deep and somewhat serious tone.

And yes, it's a true statement. Except for eating part, especially that the TJ's coffee craze has seemingly subsided.

Now that it's after Memorial Day, it's officially cold brew coffee season. Hot coffee, when hot outside, is awful. No one needs that. But a well done cold brew coffee? Rich and smooth and delicious, with a roasted sweetness tacked on? Yes please. All summer along.

Trader Joe's Organic Cold Brew Coffee is precisely that. If not for the new coffee shop that just opened down the street from us, I'd be stocking up even more on the TJ brew. There's not much to nitpick here. Heck, I even love the bottle, with the oddly satisfying pull-ring pop cap. When that cracks open, it did something for me. Can't explain it. But it did.

The cold brew is decidely dark, with a full on flavor that I thoroughly enjoyed drinking black over some ice. One is supposed to "pour hard" to apparently activate the nitrogenation of this beverage...um, okay, sure. there might be something to that. I'd be lying to say that I noticed one way or another, so if that is a failure of my pouring technique, so be it. I did what I could.

I heard from our TJ's cashier that some have said this coffee is decidely high octane with extra caffeeine. It might be that espresso they tack in. Again, haven't noticed that myself, to be honest. At time of writing I drank this several hours ago while grilling dinner, and I could go to bed within five minutes and be fine. Must be those kids driving me crazy over a long holiday weekend.

A bottle costs $1.99 and can be found in the refrigerated area, in our particular store near the yogurt and juices. Compare to the normal coffee shop prices, and it's not an awful deal. I'd tell you what Sandy thought of it, but I kinda, without thinking too hard about it, drank most of it with her getting only a small sip or two. I don't know why she didn't get her own. Oh well. Must have been lack of coffee - it's not just Dada who's so caffeine dependent, after all.

No real complaints, and is in fact pretty robust and tasty, so let's just say it's pretty darn good.

Bottom line: Trader Joe's Organic Cold Brew Coffee: 8 out of 10 Golden Spoons


  1. that cap is very hard to open. pain to open.

    1. Try shaking it before opening. The pressure behind the cap helps with cap removal. It's not enough nitrogen to cause an overflow by shaking it.

    2. I struggled with opening these too.. until I thought to read the instructions: "Pull cap ring out, then up". Now it's easy.

  2. I love this coffee. Have been buying it by the case. But winter is coming and ice coffee doesn't go well in winter. I might try heating it. But what I really want and need to know is how much caffeine is in this amber bottle?

  3. Just had one of these. I'm no lightweight when it comes to caffiene but this stuff packs a wollup. Still have the jitters and getting a headache.

  4. any one try heating it up? I am a fan of the concentrate cold brew and heat it up with boiled water. With nitro infused, you cannot add more water. Would a microwave change the composition.

  5. Anyone know the caffeine content? I have searched the interwebs to no avail.... yet love this coffee that I am going to buy it by the case. I am not a huge coffee drinker but consume far too many evergy drinks. I switched to these bad boys for the last week successfully.

  6. I’ve been trying to find the caffeine content as well but no luck!! I thought companies had to list this sort of thing?