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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
(207 reviews)
88 / 100
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Winter Wake Up Tea

Style: Flavored Black Tea – Region: Blend
Dec. 28th, 2018

For a store-brand bagged tea, this seasonal offering was excellent! My immediate impression sniffing the dry bag was a striking resemblance to the flavor (not smell) of Good Earth's "Sweet and Spicy": very intense on cinnamon, with orange quite noticeable. However, unlike the Good Earth tea, this one has black tea (...

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75 / 100
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Earl Grey de la Crème

Style: Earl Grey Cream – Region: Blend
Dec. 10th, 2018

Given the ingredients list, here was a tea that caught both my eye and a few bucks of my credit-card balance, while stocking up at a Dallas Trader Joe's on some things I don't get in nearby Oklahoma markets.

Overall, it's not quite as high-quality as the other Earl Grey Creme tea I've tried (the bagged version from ...

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78 / 100
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The title says that the herbal tea is well rested. Therefore I hope it conveys some of that placid nature to me as well. ;-)

In the meantime before bedtime, I did the usual dry-bag and in-cup sniffing prior to first chug, and generally was pleased at the result. While not intense, it was stronger and more balanc...

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53 / 100
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Peppermint

Style: Peppermint Tea – Region: ?????
Sep. 24th, 2018

Come on, Trader Joe's! What's the deal here? It's fantastically difficult to mess up peppermint and you came closer to doing so than any I've tried yet. The very low price (beaten in my experience only by Wal-Mart's store brand and Carrington, both noticeably higher-quality) is the only thing that saves this rating ...

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Brytta Sóþword
(309 reviews)
98 / 100
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Berries and Cherries

Style: Fruit (Herbal) Tea – Region: ?????
May. 16th, 2018

This is a really great fruit tea. It’s a great balance of tartness and sweetness, whether served hot or cold. The tea initially diffuses more slowly than I expected, but it does ultimately add plenty of flavor.

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