Imagineering the Perfect Cup of Joffrey’s Coffee

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.

Tiffins Wagyu Striploin

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.

Joffrey’s Chief Roastmaster, Chris DeMezzo shared the process of imagineering the perfect coffee blend for each restaurant in their Disney Parks and Resorts Collection on my recent visit to the Joffrey’s Tasting Kitchen.

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.

All of the Disney coffee is roasted with this machine.









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.

Some of Joffrey’s coffee artisans hard at work roasting quality coffee beans.


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.”

Let’s Eat!!!


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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What’s Brewing?? Joffrey’s News

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.


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!!!!


If there wasn’t enough exciting news already, how about this.

Happy hour just got happier! Now you can enjoy discounted spiked specialties at Tea Traders Café at Disney Springs.   Every day from 4 – 7 PM.



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Well that’s what brewing this month, time for me to refill my mug with some Tusker House.


What’s Brewing??? Who wants 30% off ??

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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.

Yea that hits the spot on a hot Florida afternoon.

Check out Tea Traders here:  Tea Traders

Lastly keep on the look out for Disney Character Latte Art!!!! Its a little ways off but I thought I would tantalize your pallet and your creative imagination with that one.

So that’s what’s brewing with our friends over at Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company!


Pandora: Oel Ngati Kameie (I See You)

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.

DVC/AP Previews:

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).

Remember paper Fast Passes?
Immerse Yourself

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.

Do not run from Large Animals!?
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).

                Infamous Flaska Reclinata…”interactive” for an explosive good time.
Wind Traders (left) for merch and Pongu Pongu (right) for drinks and the soon to be famous snack (IMHO): Lumpia (pinapple cream cheese filled egg-rolls)
We searched and found LOTS of nice sitting areas that looked “built-in”
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.

Shaman of Song, let’s hope she doesn’t become “Disco Shaman of Song”
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.

We haven’t been the first to pass through here (fun fact: Na’vi have 4 fingers, human Avatars have 5)
Cave art adds to the mystique of the queue
You transition to a more mechanized area as you near your Avatar “synch” moment
And yes, you still exit through the gift shop (Wind Traders), but this mountainous exit offers amazing photo opportunities
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.

Besides Wind Traders, there is one subdued kiosk (yes, that’s THOSE tails)
Bowls featuring three steps: pick a protein (Mahi-Mahi shown), a secondary side (sweet potatoes shown), and a sauce (creamy herb shown)
The Cheeseburger Pods (aka Bao Bun) stole the show (kid’s meal shown)
Blueberry cheesecake with passion fruit curd…beautiful as is delicious
FREE REFILLS!!! (no RFID chips)
                Soon to be “The Snack”: Lumpia (pineapple cream cheese filled crepe egg-rolls)
You’ve heard of the Starbucks Unicorn…get ready for the Night Blossom.  This non-alcoholic drink’s sweetness just oozes out of the screen, doesn’t it?
Sunset shots from the Flight of Passage queue exit will be where the cool kids go.
“Bio-Illuminescent” plants were not activated…but the black-light effects are everywhere.
Enjoy the black-light effect on your clothes…an unintended consequence.

As the Na’vi say: kìyevame (See you soon)…until then, please visit our sponsors:

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What’s Brewing?

Lets take a look at what’s brewing in the world of Joffrey’s, the greatest coffee and tea company on the planet.

**HUGE Semi Annual sale coming June 1-4.  Look for the e-blast if you are a VIB.  That’s a very important bean.  Come to think of it, if you are not a VIB why not??  Get all the latest Joffrey’s news and information by signing up here V.I.B.  You will recieve 15% off your first order


**New seasonal specialty drinks will be offered at our Kiosks coming end May including:

 ARNOLD PALMER COOLER: Refreshing iced black tea mixed with equal amount of citrusy lemon iced slush.

ICED COCONUT LATTE:  delicious espresso mixed with coconut syrup and cold milk served over ice.

ICED RASPBERRY MOCHA LATTE:  rich espresso blended with dark chocolate sauce and raspberry syrup mixed with cold milk over ice.



**Finally Joffrey’s is working on a new signature restaurant blend….  I have a guess on what it is, do you????   We will make sure to keep you posted on when it will be available.


That’s what Joffrey’s has brewing this month.

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Heavy Metal Mouse

There I was, thumbing through Facebook on my smart phone, and came across something quite peculiar: Heavy Metal Disney music.  I scoffed at first and ignored it.  I then saw it again pop-up on a reputable site for everything “nerd”.  I decided to give it a shot, I clicked on it and was able to listen to a heavy metal version of Beauty and the Beast.  I pressed play and was immediately taken aback.  This is actually quite good, almost great.  The article also stated that the album was released in 2016 and was only available in Japan (I was deflated).  Then I thought, “iTunes.”  And there it was.  I purchased the album and must say, it is very good.

The Album: Metal Disney

1. Introduction (Intros at the beginning of movies)
  2. Mickey Mouse Club March Mickey Mouse Club
  3. I See the Light -Tangled
  4. A Whole New World- Aladdin
  5. It’s a Small World
  6. Beauty and the Beast
  7. Under the Sea -The Little Mermaid
  8. Go the Distance- Hercules
  9. Can You Feel the Love Tonight -The Lion King
  10. Disney Song Medley
  11. When You Wish Upon a Star -Pinocchio
heavy metal rapunzel


The Band: D- Metal All Stars

Vocals- Michael Vescera (Obsession)

Guitars-John Bruno (Obsession)

Bass- Rudy Sarzo (Ozzy, Quiet Riot, White Snake, Dio etc)

Drums- BJ Zampa (Dokken)

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From the band’s Facebook page
Now At first, I was a little skeptical of the song list.  I am not a huge fan of ballads and about half of the album is what I consider Disney ballads.  You know, the songs that get you right in the feels.  But I was pleasantly surprised of how the band arranged them.  They still get you right in the feels, but is kicking you in the tail end at the same time with gut busting drums and face melting solos.

Now the band members were prevalent in the 80’s during the reign of glam and hair metal (Poison, Motley Crue).  The influence can be heard, especially with the vocals.  However, they implemented a very thrashy (Metallica) sound which is my favorite genre.  If I were to describe the sound to a person with some metal knowledge, I would say they sound like an 80’s East Coast Thrash Metal band (Anthrax, Overkill).

My favorite song on the album is probably The Disney Medley.   It contains 5 classic songs that every Disney fan will know, and can sing along to it.  This is probably the most thrashy of the list which is probably why I like it so much.  I was actually very surprised by the band’s version of It’s a Small World. I though it was going to be 4 minutes of nothing but “it’s a Small World after all,” but it was not. They filled most of the song with some very entertaining guitar solos and breakdowns.

As the writing of this post, the physical album is not available in the United States, but it can be purchased from Japan for a pretty penny.  But you can download it from Apple iTunes for about $10.

So if you’re a fan of heavy metal, and a fan of Disney music, get this album.  It is very entertaining and you will not be disappointed.

And of course, as you are head banging away to Metal Disney, grab you a mug of Joffrey’s Coffee or Tea.  But wait between songs, wouldn’t want you to spill any during the banging of the head.