Black Forest Cupcake Flavored Black Tea

March 07, 2017 in Category: What's New

The Black Forest—Schwarzwald in German—is a large forested mountain range in southwestern Germany known for its ham, cuckoo clocks, and cake. Though black forest cake does have the same name as this region, the dessert’s namesake is actually a German brandy—Schwarzwälder Kirschwasser—that is often included in the cake. Trader Joe’s Black Forest Cupcake Tea does not have brandy in it, but it’s still worthy of its Black Forest name. A traditional Black Forest cake is made with...

Matcha Green Tea Packets

February 08, 2017 in Category: What's New

Tea is important in Japan. It’s at the center of communal life, providing a key ritual (literally) around which friends can gather. Each fleeting meeting is viewed as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and thus, deeply cherished. The common Japanese idiom, Ichi-go, Ichi-e (meaning, “one time, one meeting”) provides the perfect description of this treasured teatime. We resonate with this value for meaningful human interaction—just visualize your last interaction with one of our friendly Crew! So, we’re doing our part to help facilitate more such meetings among friends. Toward that end, we think our new Matcha Green Tea is a great start...

Spiced Chai

December 01, 2016 in Category: What's New

Many of us have come to know Chai Tea as a hot, sweet, black tea beverage that is blended with milk and a variety of spices. In fact, the word Chai simply means plain ol’, regular “Tea.” This means that when you order “Chai Tea” in your favorite local café, what you’re really asking for is...

Oh My Guava!

November 23, 2016 in Category: What's New

OMG! is a popular exclamation in our culture. (By “culture,” we mean Trader Joe’s, and by “OMG” we mean, of course, Oh My Guava! tropical fruit and black tea beverage.) For us, it’s not just an exclamation—it’s a drink with an attractive and unique flavor profile. To make it, we gathered our guava purée from Colombia in South America. It’s fruit purée that’s certified organic and kosher by the proper authorities. It’s also certified DEE-licious, by us. The purée is blended with...

Organic Moroccan Mint Green Tea

October 12, 2016 in Category: What's New

Moroccan mint tea is not so much a drink as it is a ritual, a sign of hospitality, an event in which to partake. In Morocco, hosts, shop owners, and teahouses take great care in the process of brewing mint tea and serving it to anyone who walks through their doors. Tea is cleansed in boiling water before steeping with mint leaves and sugar added to yield a sweet, flavorful drink. Such great care yields spectacular tea. Tea that we, in turn, wanted you to experience. With Trader Joe’s Organic Moroccan Mint Tea, we’ve simplified a few of the accustomed brewing steps, delivering full flavor in...

Peach Apricot Flavored Black Tea

September 23, 2016 in Category: What's New

Try to think of an occasion where tea seems out of place... Practically impossible, right? Tea is great in the morning, the afternoon, or at night. It can be found in formal tea ceremonies and casual cafés. It can be black, green, fruity, herbal, hot, cold, sweetened, unsweetened; so many options! With such a plethora of profiles to consider, deciding which teas to offer in our stores sometimes presents a challenge, but after introducing Organic Mango & Chile Black Tea for Mango Season, we decided we should keep branching out with more fruity, black teas. And that’s where Trader Joe’s Peach Apricot Flavored Black Tea comes in...

Vanilla Almond Spiced Chai

August 17, 2016 in Category: What's New

A long time ago in a land far, far away, chai—as we know and love it—was born. Okay, so we don’t technically know when and where the first cup of chai was brewed—but we do know that sometime in the late 19th century, Great Britain was pulling out all the stops in an effort to increase black tea consumption wide and far. Lucky for us, in India, these promotional efforts birthed the ultimate East-meets-West beverage: black tea brewed according to Indian tradition (with plenty of aromatic spices) and served according to...

Moroccan Style Mint Tea

April 11, 2016 in Category: What's New

As ‘traders on the culinary seas,’ it’s our job to travel the world in search of unique and interesting products—and some of our buyers have had the great pleasure of touching down in Morocco once or twice. So, when one of them suggested that we look into creating our own version of the traditional sweet, mint tea served in nearly every Moroccan home and restaurant, we wondered, Why didn’t we think of that sooner? And thus, Trader Joe’s Moroccan Style Mint Tea was born. If you ask anyone familiar with the region, one of the most distinct aspects of Moroccan tea is...