I’ll preface this by saying, as I’ve noted on the blog before, that I’m not a coffee drinker. That’s mostly true. When I went to college in Maine, you better believe I was a coffee drinker. The winters were brutal, and walking around campus required the piping hot beverage to stay warm. As I kept moving south post-graduation, that hot coffee was gradually replaced with iced coffee and chilled coffee beverages. Now, here in Florida, that cup of coffee is reserved for especially sluggish mornings at the office, when a can of soda just isn’t going to cut it.
During the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, visit Espresso, Coffee and Pastries at The American Adventure Presented by Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. Here, you’ll find a Chocolate Stout latte featuring Monin chocolate, caramel and hazelnut with milk and espresso and an Iced Bailey’s latte featuring Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur with milk and espresso over ice.
I enjoy the flavor of coffee, be it the beverage or perhaps worked into a dessert. Matt, on the other hand, does not. He can’t even stand the smell of it, so no personal-sized brewer in our house – not even if we have guests. We have to take them out to get their coffee fix (which, let’s face it, is usually in the parks 😉 ).
You might be familiar with the kiosk above and similar versions around the parks. These kiosks serve Joffrey’s Coffee, and their menus boast an assortment of preparations. Despite not having a coffee maker at home, my office features a Keurig, and I was able to find a reusable K-Cup that fits the machine. The wonderful people at Joffrey’s offered to send along a few samples of their coffee for me to try, and I’ve been drinking them over the past few days.
Joffrey’s sent me two dark roasts, and first up is the Carthay Circle Restaurant coffee, served at, you guessed it, the namesake’s restaurant in California Adventure. The package describes this brew as “A deliciously rich coffee with a nutty flavor and deep chocolate overtones.” Of the two coffees I sampled, this one was my favorite. I found Carthay Circle’s to have a dark-chocolatey bitterness that I enjoyed. (Note: I drank both black for my initial taste test, brewed to the packages specifications of 2 tablespoons of coffee to 6 ounces of filtered water.)
From the Website: Stepping into Carthay Circle Restaurant is like stepping back in time. Its fabulous décor is a gilded reflection of the 1920’s, Hollywood’s Golden Age. So we selected a rare 100% Specialty Grade Indonesian bean that grows on trees that can date back even further—as much as 250 years, in fact. But it also had to be as bold as the seasonal cuisine and innovative modern fare developed by award-winning chef Andrew Sutton. Well, the nutty flavor and deep chocolate overtones of this deliciously rich coffee never fail to deliver, especially co-starring with seasonal desserts like fried banana split Monte Cristo and chocolate mousse-filled cannoli.
I agree – this one would go nicely with a dessert (or even used in a dessert). I’ve sampled it with a touch of cream and sugar as well, and thought it stood well on its own. I’m looking forward to brewing this one over ice next.
The French Bistro Blend is featured as the In–Room Coffee and is found at various Disney Resorts. A dark roast is an interesting choice for an in-room coffee, as I would anticipate medium roast to bridge the gap of guests’ tastes, but I will say that, despite being a bit bolder flavor, it’s well-rounded. It tasted like a “daily drinker” to me. My coworker sampled a cup as well, and found it to be very good.
From the website: Inspired by Europe’s finest bistros, this full-bodied dark roast is a rich blend of 100% Specialty Grade Arabica Beans. It has just enough spiciness to get you going and plenty of joie de vivre to keep you coming back for more.
The spiciness here is noticeable, but subtle. While I’m sure this would make a fine iced coffee, and I’ll likely try it as such, I really enjoyed this one hot. It was perfect for sipping at my desk while getting the work day started.
You can find out more about, and order, Disney Parks and Resorts Specialty Coffee Collection from Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company here, so you too can enjoy a bit of the parks at home. To find kiosks and restaurant locations serving the blends, you can use their handy map.
I have to admit, enjoying these coffees over the past several days has reignited my long lost love for the beverage. Once I work my way through these bags a bit more, I’ll be picking up another variety to brew. Matt is missing out. 🙂
Do you have a favorite coffee from Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company? Do you enjoy it from the restaurants, at kiosks, in-room, or at home? Which should I try next?
Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I was supplied two bags of coffee to sample from Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company. The views expressed in this post are my own.