Trader Joe's -- the veritable staple in the affordable groceries game -- has a seriously large selection of coffee. With myriad varieties, some of which average out to 50 cents an ounce, there's no telling what's behind the relentlessly twee cardboard vessels. So, it was time to get an expert to help differentiate the good stuff from the not-so-good stuff.
After a long, yet incredibly educational morning at Toby's Estate in Brooklyn, I can say that I've learned more about coffee than I ever thought possible. With the help of Allie Caran, head of coffee education at Toby's Estate, I brought in nearly 8lb of Trader Joe's coffee to be ground up, sniffed, brewed, tasted, and meticulously scrutinized for the sake of science and a unanimous love of caffeine.