Welcome back to the latest and greatest……Oh Wait that is the tagline for the podcast but it works here as well!!! Welcome back to the latest and greatest edition of Whats Brewing?? Our monthly look at what’s happening in the world of Joffrey’s Coffee.
-First off, with today being the start of Epcot’s Festival of the Arts (Jan 18) Lets take a look at the tasty beverages Joffrey’s will be serving…..
Epcot Festival of the Arts Passport Beverages
Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company
Future World East: Espresso-nist Latte – A shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with rich Baileys Espresso Crème Liqueur, topped with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream
Canada: Starry Night Latte – A delicious shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with Creamy Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, topped with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream
Showcase Plaza: Surreal Cinnamon Latte – A shot of Joffrey’s Italian Espresso mixed with RumChata and Cinnamon Whisky, blended with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream
The American Adventure: Bourbon Brushstroke Latte – A shot of Italian Espresso mixed with Bourbon Whiskey Cream liqueur, blended with Steamed Milk and Whipped Cream
Joffrey’s also has some new offerings at their kiosks through February 28
New Disney Kiosk Seasonal Beverages: Through Feb 28th
-Made with Chocolate sauce, caramel & coconut syrup
Sinful & Sweet White Mocha Latte
-Made with White Chocolate sauce and Blackberry syrup
If you are down in the parks tweet us which one is your favorite! @themickeydudes
Speaking of February and One of our Favorite holidays Joffrey’s has you covered with the perfect coffee to warm you up with that special someone.
Angels Kiss (Available for sale on Joffreys.com or Coming Soon To Disney Springs)
Notes of chocolate and coconut create a taste made in heaven.
Sinful Delight (Available for sale on Joffreys.com or Coming Soon To Disney Springs)
Notes of Chocolate, butterscotch, and a devilish hint of nut
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With the recent release of Joffrey’s Artifact Blend, inspired by Tiffins Restaurant in Disney’s Animal Kingdom, I have come to realize that Joffrey’s talented team of coffee artisans are an unofficial extension of Walt Disney Imagineering.
Joffrey’s describes this newest coffee blend in its Disney Parks and Resorts Collection as an” expedition inspired by adventure.” Here “natural Ethiopian beans are blended with spicy estate beans from the Indonesian island of Java. Together you experience fruity and floral with deep, earthy undertones.”
When one considers the diverse cuisine served at Tiffins coupled with the exquisite art that adorns the walls, the new Joffrey’s Artifact Blend is the perfect complement to this signature dining experience. Their blend of fruity and floral, with deep earthy undertones mirror many of the items on Tiffins menu. Here delectable cuts of fresh meats are stewed in rich earth toned sauces accented by vibrant-colored vegetables, and hints of fruit flavors.
Serving dishes inspired by cuisines from all over the globe, Tiffins provides guests with a mix of gastronomical artifacts. Take their wagyu striploin and house-smoked brisket as an example. This dish is served with rainbow carrots, Peruvian purple potatoes, citrus-ramp butte, and a guava demi-glace. The contrast of ingredients provides a feast for the eyes as well as the pallet.
This artifact theme is continued with the restaurant’s decor. The walls of Tiffins are rich earth tones accented by colorful works of art. A sign on the wall tells all guest that “Tiffins is a gallery of art based on the travel and adventure that inspired the creation of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.” Joffrey’s created their new blend in keeping with the recurring themes using coffee beans of different flavors, from both Africa and Asia. The mix of flavors contrast nicely with this restaurant’s artifacts featured both on the walls and on the plate.
This is not just true of Tiffins; each coffee blend in the Joffrey’s Disney Parks and Resorts collection is created in keeping with the restaurant’s story. In doing this, Joffrey’s works in conjunction with Walt Disney Imagineering and each restaurant’s chef to tell a story.
I found out firsthand how they pull this off this past summer on a trip trip to their roasting facility and tasting kitchen in Tampa, Florida.
There I met Joffrey’s Chief Roastmaster, Chris DeMezzo who described the process of developing each unique blend of coffee in the Disney collection.
Prior to the development of each blend, Demezzo meets with the head chef to discuss both the menu and the story each establishment is telling. Based on that meeting, Chris and his team develop the perfect coffee companion for the restaurant.
Take Yachtsman Steakhouse as an example. This Disney dining establishment is known for very strong flavors throughout its menu. This is mirrored in the powerful recurring wood elements that dominate the décor of the steakhouse. In keeping with this theme, Joffrey’s designed a boldly flavored, dark blend that superbly complements the menu in its Yachtsman Steakhouse Blend.
By contrast, Joffrey’s bled, The Wave keeps in theme with that restaurant by sourcing their specialty grade arabica beans from one of their favorite farms in Sumatra. This blend is an extension of The Wave’s theme because the restaurant shares Joffrey’s “ethos of making the world a better place by focusing on sustainable ingredients that are grown.”
When visiting the Walt Disney World Resort, a nice cup of Joffrey’s Coffee is the perfect end to a satisfying meal. This commitment to ending the story on a high note is Joffrey’s way of delivering “Imagination by The Cup.”
Yes, it is that time of year again. We are in the middle of summer and yet we are drawn to Epcot with the smells, the sights, and the food from the International Food and Wine Festival. I know, I know you are thinking but wait isn’t that in the fall? Of course it is and you might think I am crazy for thinking about it but…….. Food and Wine Menus have been released for 2017!!!! WOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!! OHHHHHHH YEA!!!! You can get a look at all of them here. Food and Wine Menus
There are many returning favorites to this years festival, such as the Le Cellier Beef Filet, The Lamb meatball over in New Zealand, the spicy hummus fries in Morocco, the lobster roll at Hops and Barley and of course the always awesome Kalua pork slider from Hawaii. (man I am hungry now) So have no fear the hits are hits for a reason and should not be missed.
What I really want to look at are two new kiosks this year that have really peaked my interests.
First we have Flavors From Fire. C’mon now the name itself it pretty awesome anything with fire is cool in my book, uhhhh or should I say “hot”, never mind. Let’s look at the menu shall we.
Piggy Wings: Roasted Pork Wings with Korean BBQ Sauce and Sesame Seeds
Smoked Corned Beef with Warm Crispy Potatoes, Pickled Onions, and Blonde Ale Beer Fondue featuring Bel Gioioso
Romano and American Grana Cheeses
Sweet Pancake with Spicy Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Onion Jam, and Maple Butter Syrup
Chocolate Picante: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Cayenne Pepper, Chili Powder, and Raspberry Dust
Orlando Brewery Smokin’ Blackwater Porter
Ravenswood Zinfandel, Napa Valley
Swine Brine featuring Evan Williams Bourbon
Right off the bat both the piggy wings and the smoked corned beef, YES PLEASE!!! Ohhhh and that sweet pancake with spicy chipotle chicken sausage, a little sweet, a little spicy and I can bet a lot of pure deliciousness! Wash that down with a Smokin Blackwater Porter and happiness will ensue.
Also new this year is Coastal Eats.
Lump Crab Cake with Napa Cabbage Slaw and Avocado Lemongrass Cream
Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip with Sourdough Baguette
Seared Scallops with Roasted Corn and Butterbean Succotash and Chili-chipotle Butter Sauce
Erath Pinot Gris, Oregon
Soter Planet Pinot Noir, Oregon
Full disclosure I am allergic to Crab and Shellfish so both the crab and shrimp would be a no no. I ate crab and shrimp by the boat load as a kid so I am very jealous of anyone who can eat them. I do think the combo of the crab cake with the Napa cabbage slaw would be amazing but I will bet you a years worth of dole whips that the avocado lemon grass cream puts it over the top! What I could eat would be the scallops and I would eat plenty believe me! I love pairing seafood with a nice wine so this booth would be a must do for us.
I could go on and on and booth by booth but I want to know what you think. What are you looking forward to the most? IS there one thing that jumps out at you? Is there a must have for you? Do you crave one of the yearly hits, or something new? Let me know in the comments.
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As we hit the dog days of summer it is time to see what is brewing (and we hope its some refreshing iced coffee) with our friends over at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company.
NEW GIVE AWAY!!!!
Have to act fast on this one. This give away contest starts July 7 and Ends July 10
For the summer traveler win the best selling travel duo. Brew one of Joffrey’s most popular coffees at home and take the artisan roasted goodness to go! You’ll love its rich flavor and smooth body.
All you have to do to win is visit our Twitter page. The Mickey Dudes Like and Retweet the Giveaway and then Follow Joffrey’s coffee on twitter and you are entered!
Are you the next Joffrey’s Flavor Originator? Joffrey’s wants YOU to create their next coffee flavor! 5 lucky fans will win a free year of Joffrey’s just for participating!
This is no joke, it really can be you. You are going to have to stay tuned for all the great details in the upcoming weeks!!! I’m so excited a new flavor that we get to help with. This is going to be AWESOME!!!!
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Well that’s what brewing this month, time for me to refill my mug with some Tusker House.
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Other news from Joffrey’s Saturday June 10th is National Iced Tea Day. If you are in Disney World head on down to Tea Traders in Disney Springs to try one of their many iced teas. From traditional unsweetened iced tea to tropical mango or green blackberry jasmine iced tea there is something for everyone.
I say go for the Tea Breeze: Freshly brewed iced tea with Frozen Lemonade topped with Grey Goose Vodka.
My family and I were fortunate to be part of the first DVC preview of Pandora: The World of Avatar. By now I’m sure you have seen anything and everything that you have wanted to about Pandora (please don’t call it Avatarland)…but here is some more.
We arrived before EMH, rope dropped DAK, and promptly walked toward where the Pandora previews were being queued (across from Pizzafarri/Tiffins). At 8:01 am we were about 5th deep for our 9-11am “reservation”, and they told us the plan was to let everyone in early (to get a jump on the whole day of previews ahead). We were let in at 8:30am and were handed a paper Fast Pass for our Flight of Passage time (the “E-ticket” headliner attraction for Pandora).
Now, with any land or attraction coming from Disney Imagineering, there is always a back-story to help develop the environment and give it meaning and depth. For Pandora: The World of Avatar, the story flows that we are Eco-tourists on a trip with ACE (Alpha Centauri Expeditions). When we are walking over the bridge, we are being teleported over 4 light years from Earth to the moon of Pandora…specifically, in the Valley of Mo’Ara.
At this point, it’s important to know that Disney intends this area to take place 30 years after the movie Avatar. Being tied to the Avatar movie franchise is fraught with controversy…but the bottom line is…WHO CARES! Once you step foot in this immersive world, the movie will be far from your thoughts. Just know that it is a foreign world where every sight and sound is unique…a similar feeling like entering any Disney immersive area (i.e. Carsland).
Rides for the History Books
There are two rides in this new land: Na’vi River Journey (slow boat ride), and Flight of Passage (headliner flight simulator). I am not going to spoil the rides…but I will spout off technical details. For River Journey, Disney introduces some amazing detailed and layered storytelling. They really display their technology advancements to date in one ride, including arguably the most advanced animatronic ever implemented. The ride comes across to people as short and without a traditional narrative…hence people come away confused. But I feel like this ride will grow in stature over the years as people understand the flow and story…and appreciate the vast detail. There was a story that came out a few years ago, people thought that Industrial Light and Magic (former Lucasfilm special effects group) was creating an advanced boat ride for StarWarsLand…but I think this is that ride! Don’t expect anything special from the queue on this one…plus it is primarily covered outdoors…but hey, so are Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, and Kilimanjaro Safari.
Flight of Passage is…well it’s hard to put into words other than…ZOMG, THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE RIDE IN THE WHOLE WORLD! Yeah…that about sums it up. I went into this ride as skeptical as anyone…I am so over screens, I thought they were lazy design and merely cost cutting measures. I still think that to a degree…but just like the 3D animation of the movie Avatar was groundbreaking in its depth and “immersive-ness”, so too is Flight of Passage. I’ve heard: “Soarin’ on steroids”, “Soarin’ meets Star Tours”, etc…but it’s so much more than anything Disney has offered. It starts with the highly detailed and deep Standby queue (and yes, you have to experience this at least once). Incidentally, I heard it was designed for a 5 hour queue…which tells two things: they really know they have something big on their hands, AND they themed 5 hours worth of queue line and it shows! Once again, I won’t spoil the ride here…there’s plenty of places to go for that. But I will say that a person working on the animation said it has more pixels than the entire Avatar movie! I did some rough math and I suspect that it is ~8K (8 times HD resolution). That would allow them to have 4K per eye of a 3D projection (alternating each eye to achieve the 3D effect)…this makes this projection the first 8K public projected display on the planet!! I am somewhat of a videophile…so I was ready to attack this assessment. I can report back that it is indeed the best 3D projection I have experienced…full stop! That is the secret sauce to immersion…the technology plays in concert with the graphics (which were fabulous). There are lots of other little secrets that I won’t divulge…but WOW, they do impress. There are some rumblings from journalists that put the ride around 3.5-4 stars (something akin to most average rides at WDW). But I am here to tell you, it is on par with Tower of Terror and Splash Mountain (two of my favorite 5 star rides)…but quite honestly, with the queue it blows them out of the water.
I could go on and on about the detail and advanced interactive elements of Pandora (plus no signs of traditional Disney)…but this blog is running long. I will leave with a smattering of pictures (including some amazing food from fast casual Satu’li Canteen). We were not made to leave at our designated time…so we lingered in the area until nightfall. The CM’s told us that the night features will not be activated yet for this preview (only some black lights for the pathways)…so we have a lot of more to look forward to in future visits. For Flight of Passage, There is some controversy of minimal ADA compliance, and fears of slow rider rates…but as of right now it is the best attraction in Orlando in my opinion.
As the Na’vi say: kìyevame (See you soon)…until then, please visit our sponsors: