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Last Updated: Aug. 13, 2018

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About Trader Joe's

Boxes of teabags on a shelf, mostly Trader Joe's brand, in a Trader Joe's storeTrader Joe's Tea Selection, Wilmington, DE, Winter of 2018, Photo © Alex Zorach, CC BY-SA 4.0.
Trader Joe's is a chain of supermarkets that has its own brand-name which sells a vast array of products. Among other things, Trader Joe's has its own brand of tea.

Trader Joe's tea is mostly low-quality tea in flat teabags, but the company occasionally sells loose-leaf tea, as well as higher-quality tea in pyramid sachets. Most of their offerings are flavored teas, but they sell some single-origin pure teas. Some of the teas are available in organic versions, and over time the company has moved over to more organic options, discontinuing some of their older, non-organic-certified options. Many of Trader Joe's teas are experimental and are only available for short runs before being discontinued.

The stores sometimes stock other brands of tea as well, although they mostly stock their own brand.

Like most larger companies, Trader Joe's has a mixed record on sustainability. The supermarket carries a large portion of organic products, many at low prices, making organic foods accessible to a broader audience. Although the chain of stores is generally perceived as environmentally friendly, they have come under fire from Greenpeace, and have been dubbed Traitor Joe's, due to their selling of seafood produced in environmentally-damaging ways.[1,2] In response to this criticism, the company issued a statement that they would work with Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch to resolve these issues.[1]

References:

1. Ami Cholia, The Greenpeace vs. Trader Joe's Sustainable Seafood War, Huffington Post, July 13, 2009, Updated Aug. 13, 2009.


2. Traitor Joe's | Greenpeace

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Tchuggin' Okie
(262 reviews)
43 / 100
Picture of Organic Darjeeling Green Tea

Similarly to my review of TJ's Darjeeling white tea, I hope this isn't very representative of Darjeeling greens; for it lacks aroma and flavor. The dry-bag aroma is basically nil, with the in-cup scent only very faint. Only the wet bag has something resembling a smell I would associate with green tea, and it's still ...

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74 / 100
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Organic Sencha Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan
Feb. 14th, 2020

Despite having a wide spectrum of experiences with TJ's teas (from excellent to revolting...but mostly good), I somehow thought this would be a cheap knockoff and not very high quality. Somewhat surprisingly, while not the best bagged green I've had (that would be an unbranded tea my daughter brought back from Japan)...

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41 / 100
Picture of Organic Spring Blossom White Tea

This was my first Darjeeling white tea, and it's about as impressive as sitting through an hour-long staff meeting with a well-advertised, nicely dressed, but ultimately monotonic guest speaker droning on about an uninteresting subject.

At first, I was intrigued. The best part of the experience was the dry-bag ar...

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69 / 100
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Organic Autumn Harvest Black Tea

Style: Black Tea – Region: Blend
Feb. 6th, 2020

This is not to be confused with the apparently much-better-known Trader Joe's "Harvest Blend" herbal tea, which is a completely different product. Instead, this black tea came in a 10-bag sealed wrapper, tucked into one of four squares of a wooden gift box. The outside paper wrapper of the gift box describes all four...

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Brytta Sóþword
(318 reviews)
78 / 100

Matcha Green Tea Powder

Style: Matcha – Region: Japan
Jun. 18th, 2019

This is pretty good matcha. Though I don’t normally like extra packing, the single serving sizes kept me from using excessive tea powder. The tea didn’t taste weak.

I am not particularly skilled at making matcha. I liked this one best with a little preheated milk and a little honey.

On the plus side, my two y...

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