Review: Trader Joe’s Coffee Syrup & I Have No Idea What Flavor Coffee I Like
JFG Nation, I like coffee. Ever since I started drinking it, I’ve enjoyed the very basic flavor of coffee, sugar, and some sort of cream/milk. Then came Starbucks into my life and I enjoyed more dessert-y coffee/espresso drinks. Caramel Macchiato? Yummy. Mocha frappuccino? Yup. Hazelnut non fat sugar free double caf lattes? Why not?
I have recently come to realize that I like these added flavors only in certain combos – iced, with drizzles, foamed, etc. I’ve become a pawn of Starbucks and the related ilk. Whatever – plug me back into the Matrix. But the reason I know that I have no original coffee preference is because when it comes to making coffee and flavoring it on my own, I am completely lost as to what I like.
At work, there is coffee, milk, half and half, etc. I got that part down. But then at the very end of the station, there is not only sugar but a SLEW of syrups: hazelnut. Vanilla. Caramel. Cinnamon dolce. Toffee. Mocha. IT’S TOO MANY.
I always have a mini panic attack when I get to these syrup bottles. I think I like all these flavors…but do I? Is it hazelnut that I prefer? Is the frap I like caramel or toffee? Who likes cinnamon in their coffee? Wait – do *I* like cinnamon in my coffee????
Yeah. What about you JFG Nation?? Given a similar situation – just plain coffee but you have a variety of creamers, flavors, strips to choose from – what do YOU trend toward? Are you an ALWAYS TOFFEE sort of person? Let me know in the comments below.
Today’s junk food: Trader Joe’s Coffee Syrup!!
If you’re a Rhode Islander, you know that coffee milk is a THING. Coffee syrup is basically sweetened coffee concentrate that can used on anything – ice cream, pancakes, or mixed into milk. Coffee milk is tasty.
At my first Fancy Food Show, I experienced coffee syrup for the first time – and it was great! I loved. Four years later, Trader Joe’s is selling their version. What a country.
DO THESE TASTE GOOD? Yes!
WHY OR WHY NOT? The syrup was the perfect viscosity – it poured like real maple syrup (not the super gooey corn syrup kind). That is, it was viscous and spread like a syrup but was loose enough that it didn’t adhere like a glue to the spoon. It coated the glass inside without feeling gel-like.
The flavor was pure dark roast and sugar – WOW. I ate a spoonful by itself and this stuff is POTENT. It wasn’t cloying however – like a good maple syrup, the sugar here was deep and flavorful. It offset any bitter coffee flavor; there was no bitterness here despite the concentration.
Mixinng two tablespoons with a glass of unsweetened soy milk, it was enough to slightly sweeten and flavor it up. It tasted like a light bottled Frap. I’d probably mix more in in the future. But it was reassuring – the ratios of coffee and sugar were perfect for adding to other things.
All in all, loved it. I could see mixing this with a lot of things. A definite buy for coffee lovers.
ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW? Yeah I used an old Talenti contained as a cup. What of it? Step off.
PURCHASED AT: Trader Joe’s, Gaithersburg, MD
WHERE FOUND IN STORE? New product end cap.