Every morning our alarm clock interrupts our beautiful sweet silence with its scream of death and despair “BEEPEEPBEEPBEEPBEEP….” I mutter something under my breath as I hit the clock, and without fail I hear Sarah’s (my wife) soft voice groan something that sounds like “make me a cofffeeeeee”. Every. Single. Morning.
We have all been there. Many of us love the sweet dark nectar, and fully embrace that wonderful caffeine rush it brings to our tired souls in the morning. Many of us can’t imagine a day without it. Sarah is one of those people.
When we were planning our last Walt Disney World® trip, Sarah started getting a bit panicky. She frantically researched places she could grab that cup every morning. Now, we all know you can find coffee everywhere at Walt Disney World®, but not real coffee. Surely, in the land of the mouse real coffee can be found…but where? There did not seem to be a common consensus, or many articles written about it. So, we decided to take on a coffee challenge and come up with our “Top Seven Coffee Experiences at Walt Disney World® Resort.” CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
Now, before we dive in please know this…I am not a coffee professional, and do not claim to know all the technical coffee tasting etiquette and terminologies. However, I do know what tastes good, and what does not. I would like to consider myself a coffee “enthusiast,” if you will.
Without further ado, here is my Top Seven Best Coffees at Walt Disney World® List (in my humble opinion of course.) The list includes coffees, espresso, and (of course) my personal favorite – iced coffee.
I was hesitant to add this because I know the controversy and debate Starbucks can bring out. From those who do not consider “Bux” (as I call it) to be real coffee to those who feel it has no place in the parks. With all of that aside, “Bux” is truly a go-to spot for a reliable cup of joe. You know what you are getting, and let’s face it, a Grande Pike Place is going to beat the pants off Nescafé every single day of the week. Even more points for it being available right on Main Street U.S.A. for a great early morning start!
We were walking around and noticed this take out window, and in our research had read a lot about it. The reason this spot makes the list is because of its iced coffee and espresso. The iced coffee was very light and had a very unique white-chocolatey taste to it. I found the roast was not too heavy, and it made for a very interesting cup of iced coffee on a hot day. Sarah tried the espresso, and it held up to my local hipster coffee bar standards (ok, not as good…but it competed). We did not try their standard cup of coffee, but I am guessing it is probably the standard cup you can find elsewhere.
Words cannot describe how much I love a great pizza. Because of my love for authentic wood oven pizza, we usually find ourselves at Via Napoli during our Epcot® day. Some have their Dole Whip, I have my Margherita pie. I asked our waitress for coffee, and she asked “American or Italiano coffee?”. “Italiano, of course” I replied a bit too excitedly. This cup is not for the faint of heart or casual coffee drinker, but I loved it! I have heard they serve a good brew at a cart in the Italy Pavilion area as well. Trying it Italiano is something you must do!
If you happen to be dining at Kouzzina by Cat Cora®, you must order the pressed pot of coffee. Some swear it’s the best on property, and it is very solid. They say it is a roast only found at Kouzzina by Cat Cora®, and bonus points for it being prepared in a French press!
Sure everyone knows Ghirardelli has fantastic ice cream drinks and soda shop-type items but did you know they make a mean iced coffee? I heard from a few people it was great and, being an iced coffee fanatic, I had to try it. It was dark with hints of dark chocolate, and made my day shopping at Downtown Disney®.
If you ask anyone, they will swear up and down that this is the best cup of coffee you can find at Disney. In fact, there will be many who disagree with me making it #2 on the list. Kona coffee is a blend from Hawaii that is fresh, rich, and French pressed. In one word – AMAZING. There is no need to go directly into the café, as they have a sushi bar outside that also doubles as a coffee bar. Here, you can grab your cup to go. One thing to keep in mind is that they stop serving coffee at night. So, make sure to get there in the morning if you really want to try this gem. The coffee itself is amazing. Not too strong, not too light, rich, full of flavor, French pressed, and it really is everything you would expect out of a great cup. It is great and the best walk up/grab-and-go cup of coffee you will find. For those that need a great real cup of coffee, it is worth the trek to the Polynesian before hitting Magic Kingdom. To some I know, it would seem foreign to go out of your way but, to the coffee fanatic, a couple of monorail stops for a great brew is nothing.
My number one pick surprised me. Be sure to order a pressed pot and they will serve it in all its glory. It is an Ethiopian blend that danced a Russian ballet on my palate. I still have dreams about it. We could not stop thinking or talking about this coffee and actually are considering going back to Boma just to have it again. Be forewarned: you will never drink regular coffee the same again.
There are some other coffees spots at Walt Disney World® I have read about since our last trip and thought they would be worth mentioning. I will try to sample some on our next trip. I hear they are also worth checking out:
Morrocan Pavilion Kiosk in Epcot®
Kona Blend at Earl of Sandwich® at Downtown Disney®
Now, go…drink…enjoy, and let me know your thoughts!
Justin Connors lives and works in beautiful Fredericton, NB, Canada. He is a father of two and husband to one. He loves photography and writes his blog Life in 140 that talks about life, kids, photography, Disney and being a dad. Connect with him on twitter at @140justinc.