16 June 2015

The Cup That Will Transport You - Part V

We've reached the final set of the take home Walt Disney World coffee blends from Joffrey's. It's been a lot of pots of coffee, but I hope you've enjoyed the series as much as we've enjoyed putting it together for you. Hopefully you've been inclined to grab a bag of Joffrey's for yourself and feel like you were relaxing on vacation, even if you were just tucked away on your own porch reliving fond memories. Let's get this show on the road turn it over to the missus one last time. Aileen Sheehan-Wilson, take it away!

Flying Fish (Dark) – Watch out for flying fish. Seriously. You never know what you'll see in the show kitchen off this energetic eatery where fresh seafood is the star. But it's the caramelized banana napoleon on the dessert menu that really caught our attention. So we dark roasted a Viennese-style blend of 100% Specialty Grade Arabica Beans with a wonderfully smooth caramel profile and smoky overtones to go with it. Clean and pleasant to the finish, it has very good acidity for a dark roast. It's a delicious choice for brewing conventionally or as an Espresso.

What Aileen Tastes:
We have another dark roast. At this point, we all know that I enjoyed drinking it but I would like to go on record stating that it was less bitter than some of the other dark roasts that I have sampled. I agreed with tasting notes and definitely got both the smooth caramel and smoky undertones in my taste test. I believe this would be a great coffee for someone who thinks that they hate dark roasts. It was smooth and not the least bit overpowering. This is a coffee I would consider ordering again. 

Narcoossee's (Dark) – We literally circumnavigated the globe to find the 100% Specialty Grade Arabica Beans to blend for Narcoossee’s, a spectacular seafood restaurant you’ll discover just off the shores of the Seven Seas Lagoon. A rich dark roast from Central America. Lively citrus notes from Africa. And a silky smooth bean all the way from Indonesia. Its aroma begs to be carried on an ocean breeze. And the long, lingering finish is ready-made for the almond-crusted cheesecake with Lambert cherry sauce.

What Aileen Tastes:
This roast was my least favorite of the bunch but I still would recommend it to others. This dark roast was bright and citrusy and I believe it would pair well with seafood. This is a positive since it is served at one of the best seafood restaurants on Disney property. I didn’t love this as my morning coffee, but would enjoy it at the end of a meal with a light, fruity dessert.

Victoria & Albert's (Full) – “Something rare.” That was our answer to the question, “What coffee could possibly live up to the standards set by Victoria & Albert’s?” After all, this is no ordinary restaurant. It’s received the AAA Five Diamond Award® every year since 2000. Its exclusive Chef’s Table has hosted royalty. Its menu, that is American cuisine with classic influences, changes often and is inspired by the freshest seasonal ingredients on the global market. So we worked closely with the chefs to select a single-origin coffee just as rare: beans from Celebes, now called Sulawesi, a remote Indonesian island, that produces a coffee that is quite unique in its rich chocolate and nutty overtones. Brewed at the table using the centuries-old siphon method, it’s not the finish to the Victoria & Albert’s experience, but an integral part of it.

What Aileen Tastes:
This roast is a single-origin bean from an Indonesian Island called Sulawesi (formally Celebes) and at Victoria & Albert’s this coffee is brewed table side using the siphon method. Unfortunately, I only had my regular coffee maker for my taste test, but I will say that I enjoyed drinking it and felt that it has a smooth character that pairs well with any meal. It holds a strong place in the middle of the pack for me.

Today’s Cup of Disney Rankings:
1 – Flying Fish
2 – Victoria & Albert's
3 – Narcoossee's

Overall Cup of Disney Rankings:
1 – French Bistro
2 – California Grill
3 – Flying Fish Espresso
4 – Flying Fish
5 – Yachtsman Steakhouse
6 – Kona Blend
7 – Citricos
8 – Victoria & Albert's
9 – Narcoossee's
10 – Tusker House
11 – Jiko
12 – Artist Point
13 – Flavors of Africa
14 – Hollywood Blend
15 – The Wave

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