Sunday, June 30, 2013

Trader Joe's Bali Blue Moon

Yet another Trader Joe's coffee review! I'm continuing to make the rounds enjoying more and more of the TJ coffee. They have a very good selection of medium and medium dark roast coffees that keep me coming back. In traditional TJ style, I know that some items may go permanently out-of-stock. This will be a sad day in particular for the TJ Ethiopian Peaberry.

Up here is the Bali Blue Moon coffee. I've been hesitant to get their medium roast coffee, because generally I've enjoyed their medium dark a bit more. I've also been nervous to try a dark roast, but that day will come soon. Bali Blue Moon is a great coffee! To get a little closer to the medium dark roast and give a little more depth to the flavor it does require a bit more beans to get a good water/bean balance.

I apologize for the less-than-stellar photos on this one. I realized the night before my final brew that I hadn't taken any pictures. I try to do my photos outside with natural light and a little fill flash, as needed, but these photos were taken inside with full bounce flash. The beans seem to look a little darker on my screen than in real life. 

This is indeed a very good coffee. A good full on coffee flavor without bitterness. Solid in the medium roast category, but not so mellow that it becomes depressing to drink. It is by far leaps and bounds above Trader Joe's Joe. It also reminded be a little bit of another great coffee, Moon Doggie Peruvian Villa Rica. Maybe that was the result of 'moon' in the name?

This is a great coffee, but like I said earlier, I'm more of a fan of TJ medium dark roast, so I'm not sure that I would come back to this coffee. Although I would highly recommend it to others to try!

Bottom Line Rating: 4 out of 5


  1. This is a fine coffee indeed, and one shouldn't have to worry too much about it disappearing from TJ's shelves, because it's been one of their regular brands for years.

    1. Great point! I actually haven't been buying TJ coffee for a while. A small local roaster opened up a little closer to me and has reasonable prices. The owner is very friendly and knowledgeable.

    2. And yet here we are, just a few months later and TJ's is no longer carrying it and won't be in the foreseeable future. I found this article about my beloved roast trying to find out who manufactures it.

  2. That's one of the unfortunate results of Trader Joe's. It's a great place, but I try to not shop there too much, so I don't get attached to something and it goes out of stock. Recently I've been drinking coffee from Dean's Beans. Check them out!