Product Review: Trader Joe's Caffè Latte

No time to brew coffee in the morning? What do you do? Stop at the local coffee shop? Or do you keep any canned coffee drinks in your refrigerator? I admit to a guilty liking for those Starbucks Doubleshots, on occasion (long road trips, especially) so when I saw a very similar sort of thing on Trader Joe's new products shelf, I snapped it up. How is it? Well, here's my review. These cans are quite little. Like the Starbucks version, they hold 6.5 ounces of sweet, milky coffee. They do not need to be refrigerated, but they certainly taste better chilled or over ice.

I popped one open and tried it. It was sweet, with a strong hint of vanilla, and only the mildest of coffee flavors. This was rather disappointing, to be honest, because I like my coffee drinks strong. I enjoy the nearly burnt taste of the espresso in the Starbucks Doubleshot, with its bitterness balancing out the too-sweet milk. That's not really the case here, as the coffee is mild and milky, and the sweetness dominates.

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The drink is relatively low-calorie and low-fat, with natural ingredients and just an emulsifier or two to keep it all properly mixed up. (The Starbucks Doubleshot weighs in with at least 20 more calories per 6.5-ounce can.) At $4 for a 4-pack these are also cheaper than the Doubleshot, which usually retails for at least $1.50 per can.

Overall, though, I'll stick to my homebrewed coffee. While this drink was light, sweet, and pleasant, and good for an emergency caffeine infusion, I still prefer the strength and real flavor of homebrewed coffee.

Find it: Caffe Latte, 3.99 for a 4-pack. Available at Trader Joe's.

Have you tried this stuff? What did you think?

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