Trader Joe’s Kauai Coffee Beans

Trader Joe's 100% Kauai Coffee Beans

If you’re okay with me, I’ll be reviewing the coffee made by boiling hot water through these coffee bean pods, instead of the actual coffee beans. As I have never tried coffee beans uncooked, and as such, it is unlikely that you will.

You can almost be certain that this stuff is from Hawaii at first glance. They could have dressed each can in a button-down Hawaiian shirt but that would increase the price of the product. Instead, they covered the label in stereotypical Hawaiian flowers, with palm trees against an orange Hawaiian sunset. Legend has it this beautiful cove is where some of the writers of “Lost” hid after the final episode aired to avoid the wrath of disgruntled fans, furious about that cop-out ending to the series.

Kauai is, in fact, the northernmost Hawaiian Islands. The best coffee beans are grown there…on the “leeward” side of the island. To save you from Googling “leeward definition,” like I had to, I’ll go ahead and let you know that “leeward” is a nautical term meaning “the direction in which the wind is blowing.”

These medium-roasted beans boast that they are “aromatic and earthy” and are sweet. I don’t like coffee that is so strong and yet so sweet. In any bold coffee, there is usually a bitterness I have to mask with cream and sugar. This magical island blend is different. It is possible that the beans were harvested and grown by the Menehune‘s themselves – that’s part of what gives the coffee such unusual properties…oh, no wait…it’s the volcanic soil, according to the can. Trader Joe’s is not allowed to publicly claim they’re using the Menehune’s. It could be either. Both volcanic soil and magic of the Menehunes. The Menehune’s appeared on “Full House”, where Danny Tanner took his entire family to Hawaii. This is how I know them. It ended so much better than “Lost.” I really regret “Lost.” That whole debacle really tainted my feelings about Hawaii.

But, thankfully, this coffee is among the things that are restoring my opinion of our great 50th state. It didn’t hurt to remember that episode of Full House.

But the coffee is delicious. 4 from me. 4 from Sonia. 8 out of 10