Trader Joe's 100% Kona Coffee, Whole Bean

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Trader Joes 100% Kona Coffee: One of the best Kona Coffee I've tried.

Mar 12, 2009 (Updated Jul 18, 2009)
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Pros:Virtually perfect cups

Cons: No originality to it.

The Bottom Line:  A great cup of coffee but no unique acids, chocolate flavors, or any other flavors to make it unique.


  I bought this from Trader Joes and yes it is more expensive then your typical bean. About 20 bucks for 13 ounces. This is 100% State certified Kona whole bean coffee grown on small individually owned farms as small as one acre of land of rich volcanic soil (source:back of container). But is it worth it? Read on.


Accoding to their website they state: Trader Joe's Kona Coffee is 100% certified island grown Kona coffee. This coffee has a rich aroma, medium body and a smooth flavor. It is perfect for a Sunday brunch. (Source: http://www.traderjoes.com/reading_room.html)


Kona coffee has been considered by some to be the best (second to Jamaica Blue Mountain), but I have found that many carry the name Kona but are not worth the extra cost associated with it. One reason is because they do not state that it is 100% Kona beans because it is actually a mix. But thankfully this is 100% Kona and if you have to have it this coffee is worth it.


I have tried different number of scoops and grind consistencies. Through this we have found that five scoops of finely ground coffee works the best in our french press.


I started with 5 scoops of coffee. I put it in my electric round grinder and ground it to a finer consistency than normal. Then I put it in my French press and leave it for 4 minutes before plunging. I use bottled water because my tap water is highly chlorinated.


Type of roast: Medium roast


aroma
You can tell this is a milder coffee from the start just by the aroma. It is a very subtle coffee smell to it. Nothing else striking.


Taste
Very slight bitterness to the tongue, no unpleasing at all. The rest of the taste is the mild generic coffee taste. No interesting acids but no off tastes either. You could consider this as a pure taste if you wish.


Aftertaste
Virtually none. It is very clean.


My thoughts
I bought this just out of curiosity and to review it. Ultimately it is not a coffee I'll buy again from myself. It is 2 to 3 times more expensive then most other good coffee out there and it really doesn't have any intriguing flavors to it. It is just that, perfect. I don't like perfect, I like a little spice to life and to my coffee beans (not added spice, just pure bean flavors.) But if I was trying to impress someone at my home then I would buy this again.




© Common Loon Productions


Thanks to Bruguru for adding a lot of these coffee's to the database for me.

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