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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
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61 / 100
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Organic Green Tea

Style: Green Tea – Region: Nilgiri, India
Sep. 2nd, 2021

Landing at a Trader Joe's store in Tucson while on a photography road trip out thataway, I bought a box of this, as a presumably acceptable substitute for some of the truly terrible, off-brand and store-brand (here's looking at you, Great Value) bagged green teas offered at motels and campgrounds. It was, but still fa...

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69 / 100
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Mango Black Tea

Style: Fruit Black Tea – Region: Blend
Aug. 10th, 2021

Tropical fruit flavors are always a favorite, so (long overdue) I got some of this tea to try. My favorite mango-flavored black tea still is Hawaiian Islands Tea Company's "Mango Maui", but this comes in at a close second, and for now, is more readily available*.

Dry-bag aroma was more tea than mango. It's hard t...

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87 / 100
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With similar coloration of the outer box, as well as ingredients, I suspect this is the Trader Joe's imitation of Yogi's "DeTox" product. However, I can't compare the two directly, since I haven't (yet) tried the Yogi version. Still, this is the best wellness/medicinal tea I've had to date, one of the best herbal te...

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71 / 100
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With a name like this, I certainly didn't expect anything but orange flavor. However, this is the rare tea I've tried where the dry-bag, in-cup and wet-bag scents all were *much* stronger on the main flavoring than the actual taste. That's not necessarily a bad thing in this case, as all three modes of inhalation yi...

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70 / 100
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Organic Earl Grey

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend
May. 5th, 2021

Several better Earl Greys exist in bags, but for the price (around $2.50/20 ct.), it's hard to beat. Dry-bag scent was firm and plain, but pleasant and strong, more so than most bagged Earl Greys. Closer inspection revealed likely why. Even though all the tea was settled at the bag's bottom, each bag itself so far h...

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