All this talk of National Coffee Day had this Disney-lover reminiscing about the best places at Walt Disney World to grab a cup of Joe. I’ll be among the first to agree that there’s something about Starbucks and Disney that is a match made in heaven. With locations at each of the 4 theme parks and 2 at Disney Springs, you don’t have to go far to get your Macchiatos, Frappuccinos or Flat Whites, but did you know there are a ton of other amazing coffee options on property? Here’s 8 of our favorite Java Joints at Disney World.
1. Kona Cafe- French Press Pot for Two – Sample coffee directly from the Hawaiian Islands over at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Kona Coffee is an exquisite blend grown in the fertile soil of the Hawaiian Islands before being shipped over to central Florida for roasting. Enjoy one of the French Press pots for $7.99. It’s a great start to the morning that is bound to impress any coffee lover.
2. Tangierine Cafe – Moorish Coffee- Next time you’re making your way around Epcot’s World Showcase, make a pit stop at Morocco’s Tangierine Cafe for a coffee that is brimming over with exotic flavors. Infused with cinnamon and nutmeg, it’s perfect for those strolls around the World Showcase during November and December as you take in Holidays Around the World or the Candlelight Processional. They also offer a boozy option with a shot of either orange or hazelnut liqueur for those that like their coffee with a kick. Coffee is $3.50 for a regular cup or $7.00 the alcoholic versions.
3. Victorian and Albert’s – Vacuum Pressed Brews – If you like a bit of opulence with your java then be sure to book your reservations early for Victoria and Albert’s At Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa and sample their coffee that uses a device called a Cona (not to be confused with Kona) to create coffee like you’ve never had it before. The machine uses heat and vacuum pressure to create a lovely concoction that is brewed up table-side. I don’t know whether it’s the ambiance, watching the Cona do its thing or the coffee itself but by the end you’ll definitely be convinced that its one of the best cups of coffee of the best you’ve ever had.
4. Kringla Bakeri Og Kafe – Viking Coffee- Next time you head to Kringla to try their famous School Bread, be sure to add a Viking Coffee. You won’t be disappointed. This cup of joe is mixed with both Bailey’s Irish Cream and Kamora Coffee Liqueur and is perfect for seeing you through the long line for Frozen Ever After. One of these delicious brews will set you back $9.75.
5. Kusafari Coffee Shop and Bakery – Iced Coffee – Frequent Disney visitors will tell you that the theme park that tend to get the hottest come afternoon is Animal Kingdom. So what better way to cool off then with an iced coffee at this Harambe Marketplace cafe. There’s not much to these iced coffees and if you’ve had one of the iced coffees at you resort food court its largely the same. However, there’s just something so refreshing about these drinks that come in either vanilla or mocha. They’re a great way to refuel on your way to the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Add a shot of Amarula Cream Liqueur for an extra treat. The non-alcoholic version is $4.19 and with Amarula it’s $8.50.
6. Ghiradelli- Disney Springs – Iced Coffee- Next time you’re planning a visit to Ghiradelli for your chocolate fix, give one of the many coffees on offer a go. They have a wide range of hot and cold espresso drinks on offer. My favorite has to be the Frozen Caramel Latte and I don’t know if its the atmosphere but you can almost taste a hint of chocolate. With two Starbucks locations in the vicinity, it’s easy to forget there are other great places to grab a coffee at Disney Springs.
7. Les Halles Boulangerie – Patisserie – Cappuccino Glace- A brief disclaimer on France Pavilion’s frozen cappuccino offering: It is sweet and by sweet I mean EXTREMELY sweet. However, if you like the candy-like flavor of a frapuccino then you’ll definitely want to try one of these sweet treats next time you are making your way around the World Showcase.
8. Via Napoli – Frozen Cappuccino Cocktail. Topping my list of favorite alcoholic drinks at Epcot is this delicious combination of cappuccino, ice and Borghetti Espresso Liquer. Coming in at $10 it is a bit on the pricey side but is one heck of a cocktail.
So next time you pay a visit to Walt Disney World, why not forgo at least one or two trips to Starbucks and give some of these lovely coffee concoctions a try.
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