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Not happy with Trader Joe's coffee.

I used to buy Trader Joe's Cafe Feminino, which I loved. The coffee was sweet and bright and deep, and every time I had a cup I was satisfied. Of course, TJ's then discontinued it! I've been drinking the columbian, but I don't really like it that much, allthough the price is right. I just came back from visiting family in California where they buy a sweet coffee in Little Italy, and it was terrific. I suppose it's the contrast between their delicious coffee and my first not-so-good cup back home that's prompted me to write. I don't really like dark roast, and I prefer a less acid to a more acid coffee. Long ago, I would buy my coffee from that little grocery store on Beacon Street in Brookline just where the green line rose above ground., but the store closed years ago.
Any suggestions?

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Trader Joe's
1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

Little Italy
294 Cabot St, Beverly, MA 01915

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  1. try Karma Coffee on Route 20 in Sudbury Mass. They roast right there. Worth the trip.

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    Karma Coffee
    100 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA 01776

    1. I think most TJs coffee is not very good, though in general I am a TJs fan.

      1. I like the New Mexico PiƱon Coffee that's often for sale at Trader Joe's. Otherwise I strongly recommend the George Howell Coffee Company.

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        Trader Joe's
        1427 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476

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        1. re: lipoff

          I like George Howell a lot too (usually branded as Terroir, available at many locations, including Crema and Formaggio) as well as Barismo. I have also been very happy with the Barrington Coffee Roasting Company, which I have had at Voltage and Clover. I am not sure who sells it, though I may have seen it at Formaggio. I also had a bad experience with Trader Joe's, in my case with an Ethiopian coffee that was skunky and unpleasant.

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          Crema Cafe
          27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

          Barismo
          169 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

        2. I would suggest the house blend from true grounds in Ball Square. I totally agree with you about the lighter roast coffees, I use the house blend with a french press and it works great. The only problem with it is it is $12.95 for 12 ounces. I would love any other suggestions as this gets expensive :D

          1. Barismo, on Mass. Ave in Arlington, favors the lighter roasts that you prefer. They are true over-the-top coffee geeks who roast on the premises. Their offerings vary with time, but I always find something I like when I drop by. Oh, and you can taste before you buy.

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            Barismo
            169 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

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            1. re: PinchOfSalt

              Another vote for Barismo. The only coffee in town that elicited a Blue Bottle-like reaction from us (which, I know, is pretentious-sounding, but DAMN, that is good coffee!).

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              Barismo
              169 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474

              1. re: digga

                Barismo is hands down my favorite roaster around. Intense, complex flavors, and the folks that run it couldn't be more passionate. I've also never bought a bag that was older than a few days from roasting, which makes an enormous different. That said, it's not cheap - starting at $13-14 per 12 oz bag, with some carrying a premium over that. That price is on par with other high-end roasters that pay a lot for their beans (one bag I had recently specified that the particular grower received 200% of historical fair trade value) such as (locally) George Howell or (nationally) Stumptown.

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                Barismo
                169 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474