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Lou’s Inbox: Anyone for Coffee?

Lou’s email inbox is often full to overflowing with questions from listeners.  As such, he has enlisted the WDW Radio Blog writers to assist him in answering some of your questions.

“My wife wants to know the best place for coffee at WDW ~ Erikk”

I think we probably would all agree that when it comes to taste preference and coffee, there’s a good chance we will disagree.   Aroma.  Roast.  Flavor.  Acidity.  Sweetness.  Who knew all those decisions came with a simple cup of coffee?  With that in mind, rather than provide my thoughts on the “best” place for coffee in Walt Disney World, I will offer a list of places to find coffee so that you can make the choice based on your personal preference.


At counter restaurants and resorts throughout Walt Disney World, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea is served.  Although not my favorite coffee, it’s convenient, it’s bold enough to provide an instant eye-opener, and it satisfies my morning coffee crave.  Joffrey’s also is served at many kiosks through the theme parks where you will find espresso drinks and seasonal rotating menus that feature such taste delights as the Crazy Elf, the Gingerbread Cookie Latte, the Spiked Chai Latte, and the Kahlúa-tini Iced Coffee.  On those rare occasions when there’s a chill in the Florida air, the Joffrey’s kiosk that is located between Canada and England at Disney’s Epcot, makes a decadent hot chocolate using mini-chips.


In 2014, Starbucks opened its first company-owned store at Walt Disney World.  Currently there are six locations—one at each of the four theme parks, one at Disney Springs West Side, and one at Disney Springs Marketplace.  If you are a Starbucks regular and use the handy phone app, you can use the app to pay for your drinks and you can collect reward stars, but you are not able to use your accumulated rewards to get a free drink or food.  I think most Starbucks fans are accustomed to long queues, but the lines move quick, and my drink of choice is surprisingly less expensive at Walt Disney World than my home Starbucks store.  If you like to savor your coffee slowly, I recommend a trip to the Starbucks at Disney Springs West Side, which is an LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) store.  Among its features is an in-store interactive touch screen where guests in the Walt Disney World Starbucks can interact with guests at the Disneyland Starbucks in Anaheim.


If you enjoy press pot coffee, I recommend two locations.  At the Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, try the  Joffrey’s Coffee Hawaiian Kona Maragogype press pot, which pairs very well with Kona‘s signature Tonga Toast breakfast dish.  At the restaurants at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge you will find Joffrey’s Coffee Kenya A/A press pot, which goes well with the Sanaa Bread Service.  I don’t drink it often, but press pot coffee does create the most satisfying, rich, and flavorful coffee that I have ever tasted.


If you have an adventurous coffee palate, there are several locations where you can sample a unique cup of coffee.  Tip — if you are unsure, I have found asking for a sample taste will generally be granted.  If you like a very strong cup of coffee, try the Cuban Coffee at Bongos Cuban Café™.  If you don’t plan on dining at the full service restaurant, they serve the coffee at Bongos Cuban Café™ Express.   And rumor has it that the espresso at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie is a favorite of many guests.


There are many places throughout the Walt Disney World Resort to find an excellent cup of coffee.  But the “best” place?  You tell us!



(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)


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