06 June 2016

The Cup That Will Transport You - Part VII

It would seem that Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Co. is not content to just rest on their laurels, or beans as the case may be, as they continually churn out new cups to tempt our palates. A couple of weeks back they released Trattoria al Forno, the blend featured at BoardWalk's Italian restaurant. Trattoria al Forno opened in December of 2014, and offers up regional specialties as well as classic Italian favorites. While it's wine list is stocked with only Italian vintages, to our resident coffee enthusiast is more interested in what they serve in the cup, not the glass.

Trattoria al Forno (Medium) – Simply Delizioso says it all, both for the restaurant and the coffee.  Trattoria al forno brings back the Italian flavor experience with a delicious blend that compliments food and dessert alike. Roasted to a smooth medium level, Trattoria blend starts off with an aroma of sweet berry and milk chocolate, which transcends into a citrus, dark berry flavor in your cup. Close your eyes and you may detect delicate tangerine and cantaloupe notes. Viva Trattoria!

What Aileen Tastes:
We have a medium roast to taste today and, if you have been following along at home, you know that I am normally a fan of dark roasts. Well, all of that changed today. I enjoyed this coffee much more than I expected I would. Since we always purchase Joffrey's Coffee in whole bean form and grind it ourselves, let's start with the aroma after grinding the whole beans. The smell of milk chocolate and citrus was overwhelming, but in the best possible way. In fact, I commented on it each time I put it in the coffee maker. Now, when it comes to taste, I agreed with tasting notes for the most part. I didn't detect cantaloupe, mostly because cantaloupe is not a flavor I associate with coffee. Similarly to the scent, I tasted the presence of milk chocolate, citrus, as well as a hint of berry. It was smooth and went well with both the savory and sweet breakfasts I paired it with. This coffee would pair well with the offerings at Trattoria al Forno, especially the Tiramisu, but I also believe it would be a great morning or after dinner option in your own home. This is a coffee that we will be reordering and has made me a believer in the medium roast. If you are normally a dark roast coffee drinker, give this one a try and let us know what you think!

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

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