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Trader Joe's canned coffee drinks

spinach Mar 25, 2007 07:16 PM

i spotted TJ's triple shot expresso drinks in the beverage aisle and was tempted.....my bad. what a nasty tasting brew. i got the latte and the mocha. neither was worth the can it came in. both had a very off putting non coffee taste, not metallic either, and not just a strong coffee flavor...it's difficult to put into words but after a mouthful or so you know you've made a mistake. i have one can left, and it's going back. the cost of the other two cans is lost cos who saves reciepts from grocery shopping? i normally don't.

  1. Gary Soup Mar 25, 2007 09:51 PM

    I have to ask, though, did you ever try a canned coffee concoction that WASN'T awful?

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    1. re: Gary Soup
      Pollo Mar 25, 2007 10:05 PM

      Starbucks has a number of flavors of "Frappuccino" coffies in glass bottles/jars...same process as canning and these are OK/good....too expensive but OK taste wise...especially cold.... To answer your question: yes, I have tried a number of different brands/producers of canned coffies (glass jars/cans) both domestic and abroad that were almost as bad as "drip" coffee at a muffler shop....

      1. re: Pollo
        mehfactor Mar 25, 2007 10:20 PM

        The TJ "Triple Shot" drinks taste exactly like Starbucks' bottled Frappuccinos to me, but they have fewer calories, fat, and carbs. And they're cheaper too. I like them as a guilty pleasure pick-me-up.

      2. re: Gary Soup
        bulavinaka Mar 26, 2007 10:21 PM

        I like some of the ones that are available in the Asian markets. Some have a nice roasted coffee taste and aren't too overladen with sweeteners and cream/non-dairy creamers.

      3. Pollo Mar 25, 2007 09:45 PM

        Did you notice where the product is made? TJ has many products co-packed for them and many times the country where the stuff is made is not noted. By the way, this is a rather tricky product to put in a can. I think a number of years ago TJ had these products but at that time these were made in Italy. Also, I have seen and tried similar products (~200 ml can) from Starbucks....not bad....

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          bulavinaka Mar 25, 2007 07:59 PM

          Instead of tossing your receipts, leave them in the bag in which you had your groceries. Most folks know within a week or two whether or not something needs to be returned, and if you're like me, you tend to keep your bags for other uses... if you need to return something, then you've got your receipt and bag. And Bryan is correct - TJ's is very easy about returns...

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          1. re: bulavinaka
            spinach Mar 25, 2007 08:44 PM

            thx for the info on TJ's return policy, i had read about it here on the boards. the post was meant more as a heads up about a lousy product...maybe save someone else the disappoinment.

            1. re: spinach
              bulavinaka Mar 25, 2007 09:17 PM

              And you did... I've thought about trying those myself as you can get similar products in Asian markets... thanks for the heads-up.

          2. bryan Mar 25, 2007 07:38 PM

            Sorry about your bad luck. But you may be pleased to know you can go back to Trader Joe's and tell them it was awful, and they will credit you. You don't need a receipt.

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