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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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Brytta Sóþword
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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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82 / 100
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Spiced Chai

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: ?????
Jun. 12th, 2019

This tea is pleasant, especially with a little milk added. (Note: I recommend warming the milk in the microwave briefly and pouring the hot water into it when making tea.) There’s a distinct but not entirely unpleasant sharpness to this tea that is improved with the milk, though it can still be enjoyed plain. The spi...

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70 / 100

Organic Sencha Tea

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan
Jun. 11th, 2019

This tea is not bad but it isn’t overwhelming. I generally prefer loose leaf anyway, as a cup of bagged tea often isn’t as strong as I like. It’s fairly easy to avoid bitterness in this tea, but it’s still good not to brew the tea too hot or too long — as is generally true for green teas. Not bad as a potenti...

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80 / 100
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The citrus and peppermint work surprisingly well to create a bright cup. The orange and lemon blend in a way that creates a broad citrus experience without either one dominating. The second cup I made was basically identical to the first, which is impressive. All in all, this is a decent tea!

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70 / 100
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Pomegranate White Tea

Style: Fruit White Tea – Region: Blend
May. 12th, 2019

This tea is tart in a way I like but not actually strong enough. The hibiscus is a strong element in this one. I like it, but I’d like it more if the combination of flavors was more intense. This is not a bad tasting tea at all, in my opinion, but it’s weak considered to similar teas I’ve tried.

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