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A Christmas Story from Trader Joe’s

23 Dec

EucalyptusI was headed to the 12-items-or-less line on a Saturday afternoon with a basket of four things. The woman in front of me had two items – a package of eucalyptus and a rosemary tree.

At first she rolled her cart back to let me through. I said, “I’m going behind you!” As I took my position in line, she held up the eucalyptus package to my nose and said, “Smell this!” Of course, it was wonderful. I thanked her for sharing the fresh scent. Then she had me smell the rosemary – again, lovely – and even broke off a little bit to share with me.

She was drinking a coffee sample. I was a little tired, and realized I forgot to get a sipper. She immediately offered to hold my spot for me to go get a cup, pushing my basket in front of her cart.

I west to get the coffee, and I chatted with the woman in charge of the sample station. She pointed to an envelope full of coupons and said that a woman left it there, and she described the coupon owner. The physical description was similar but not exact to the woman in line, but the sample woman said, “She was so nice.”

I went back to the line and asked the woman, “Do you collect coupons?” She said, “Yes!” enthusiastically, and then turned to realize her envelope was gone. I told her it was at the sample station, and before I could get it for her, she was off to retrieve the pack.

She got back and said, “See, if you hadn’t gone for a coffee, I wouldn’t have gotten my coupons!”

The line finally reached the check out. She insisted I stay in front of her. She said, “You have so little!” I pushed back, “But I have twice as much as you!” She wouldn’t relent.

I told the guy at the check out that the lady behind me was one of the sweetest people I’d ever met. The checker – Cory – turned to her and said, “I’ve been hearing some really good things about you.” She said, “You have?” Cory looked at her basket and said, “You know what, for being so sweet, I’m not going to charge you for the eucalyptus.”

She looked at me with a big smile and said, “Merry Christmas.”

I said, “Merry Christmas, to you,” and left.

Several times I started to introduce myself and ask her name, but then got distracted by something and didn’t. I hope I see her again. She may have gotten the gift of the eucalyptus, but she was a gift for those she talked with even for a moment.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone! Wishing you that warm, fuzzy Trader Joe’s joy all year long.

West Los Angeles Coffee Station Style

15 Apr

Hello, sweetener!

What a difference a day and about 2,000 miles make. Back in America’s heartland, we’re offered household sugar at our Trader Joe’s coffee tasting station. But in West Los Angeles, I was greeted at the coffee counter by Liquid Stevia and Blue Agave Sweetener.

Another way TJ’s knows its customers and makes it local.

more options for your additives

Coffee ala L.A.

 

Just sugar packs, please

The humble sugar packs of Trader Joe’s Kansas City

Happy International Coffee Day!

29 Sep

A little caffeinated wisdom from one of my favorite celebs, who’s no slouch when it comes to high octane energy.

Speaking the language of coffee

Wisdom from Jackie Chan

 

Hola from Guatemala!

26 Dec

Hola from Guatemala! I’m traveling for the next week, and while I’ll be Trader Joeless, I will be meeting spectacular people, experiencing Guatemalan culture first hand and drinking delicious coffee!

Care to join me?

TJ’s offers a taste of Guatemala in its Organic Fair Trade Five Country Espresso Blend.

Fair trade coffee

Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru and Sumatra combine forces in the name of espresso.

Salud!

Gracias, Trader Jose’s!

And thank you for visiting Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

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Sips of the season: Pumpkin potables from Trader Joe’s

17 Oct

It’s comfort drink season!

Pumpkin Spice Coffee

Pumpkin Spice Rooibos, an hearbal tea

Pumpkin Spice Chai

Pumpkin Ale

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

And thank you for reading and following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

Have you tried any of these pumpkin products? If so, what did you think?

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Pumpkin Spice Rooibos tea: Review from Club Trader Joe’s

Recipe: Pumpkin Buttered Rum

Drink recipes from Trader Joe’s Fan

 

 

 

 

Another cuppa Joe from Trader Joe’s

5 Oct

Thanks once again to a sample at the tasting bar, I’ve added a new coffee to my list of faves from Trader Joe’s.

Dark Sumatra – a tasty brew

Trader Joe’s Dark Sumatra coffee is a delicious roast. The taste is closer to espresso than breakfast blend. Smooth, full of the caffeine we depend on in the morning and packed with the depth of flavor we hope for in every cup of Joe. This is a coffee to keep high on the shopping list!

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

And thank you for reading and following Things I Love at Trader Joe’s!

What’s your favorite coffee at TJ’s? Have you tried Dark Sumatra? If so, what did you think?

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Trader Joe’s coffee how-to

The straight dope: Review

Averie Cooks

Dark chocolate espresso beans: Shhh! Don’t tell anyone!

21 Sep

These might be the best. office. treats. ever. (At least, according to the enthusiasm of my coworkers.)

They liked these so much on Monday, that I’m bringing more to end the week. It’s a surprise. A sugary, stimulating slice of heaven.

Dark chocolate covered espresso beans by Trader Joe’s

These are certifiably D-licious: large espresso beans covered with thick, dark chocolate.

A treat so good, it’s like getting your allowance twice in one week; scoring a front row seat at a Broadway show; finding out that the treasure map on the back of the cereal box is real.

Reward yourself and anyone you like with a box of D. chocolate E. beans. You deserve it.

Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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Nutrition information

Dark chocolate espresso bean Facebook page

Review from SparkPeople

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