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JaneParkerSaturday
01-05-2012, 04:45 PM
Hi!

My family and I are going to be taking our trip in December this year and we are coffee drinkers.

And I want to know where do you think is the best coffee in Disney Park, California Adventure or Downtown Disney?

Thank you!

3Minnies1Mickey
01-05-2012, 04:52 PM
They served crud (aka Nescafe) in the Parks and I'm not picky. I think La Brea Bakery in DTD might serve decent coffee.

Elk Grove Chris
01-05-2012, 05:40 PM
Haggen-Dazs serves Peet's coffee, but doesn't open early enough.

bumbershoot
01-05-2012, 07:26 PM
Bring your own....

keishashadow
01-05-2012, 07:30 PM
They served crud (aka Nescafe) in the Parks and I'm not picky. I think La Brea Bakery in DTD might serve decent coffee.
:sad2:so true, I keep hoping disney will either ditch the contract one day or offer gourmet coffee kiosks.

disheadz
01-05-2012, 07:42 PM
There are a few kiosks that do espresso. I usually get a quad americano- it's not fantastic but at least it's strong and fresh.

JaneParkerSaturday
01-05-2012, 07:47 PM
Haggen-Dazs serves Peet's coffee, but doesn't open early enough.

Where is the Haggen-Dazs located?

skiingfast
01-05-2012, 07:56 PM
Where is the Haggen-Dazs located?

In DTD. It's on the northside on the eastern third. It's across the gap in the buildings from Wetzel Pretzels.

3Minnies1Mickey
01-05-2012, 08:07 PM
:sad2:so true, I keep hoping disney will either ditch the contract one day or offer gourmet coffee kiosks.

Jolly Holiday Bakery has gourmet coffee. There was a place in DCA, but I think it's in the BVS reconstruction area so I'm not sure what it'll be when itcomes back. But if you want good non gourmet stuff then bring it from home.

Mommy2PrincessAbby
01-05-2012, 08:26 PM
Compass Books I think it is called in DTD, had a decent latte... the only place we found...

Tommy_B
01-05-2012, 10:51 PM
I like the coffee at La Brea Bakery.

I think Disney needs to do a deal with a vendor like Starbuck's or Dunkin' Donuts to get better quality in the park.

I don't think Peet's or Coffee Bean has a big enough footprint to compete, otherwise I'd say them.

DizMe
01-05-2012, 11:31 PM
La Brea coffee is good. There is a cart in front of La Brea (not always open) that has Starbucks. I read on DIS a couple of years ago that though all the dining places in DL and DCA have to honor the Nestle's contract (hence the Nescafe), they actually have better roasts and grades for the more premium dining places. BB, for instance, has a much better grade of coffee than a coffee cart. I'm not sure but I think the Disney hotels also have to serve Nestle's stuff. Luckily, there are other options nearby (Haagen Daz & Compass, as previous posters have said) if you're staying onsite plus you can always bring your own, as bumbershoot mentioned.

I gave up bringing my own because it was a pain. I usually make do with a lesser cup of joe in the morning and get something better later on, when the good places are open. I find I can tolerate almost any coffee as long as I have real cream to put in it :rotfl:

skiingfast
01-06-2012, 12:28 AM
Compass Books I think it is called in DTD, had a decent latte... the only place we found...

Rumors are Compass books is closing soon. Don't know when, or why or if a replacement is coming. Just have seen some people mentioning that.

Jolly Holiday Bakery has gourmet coffee. There was a place in DCA, but I think it's in the BVS reconstruction area so I'm not sure what it'll be when itcomes back. But if you want good non gourmet stuff then bring it from home.

I'm wondering is it fresh made, or gourmet being a adjective applied to machine made? I've only seen a few pictures of the inside, is there a real cappacino machine in there?

ArchOwl
01-06-2012, 12:42 PM
All the coffee served in the parks is Nescafe, although there are different grades served at different places. The sit down places have a "gourmet" blend, but it is still Nescafe. The La Brea Bakery serves a Starbucks blend, Haagen Dazs serves a Peet's blend, and I forget what Compass Books serves.

The coffee situation is due for an overhaul for sure. Nescafe just doesn't cut it in my book. The coffee tastes weak and watered down and has a chemical after-taste. Since Disney is slowly changing the menus, I hope they get around to changing the coffee soon. :lmao:

3Minnies1Mickey
01-06-2012, 01:29 PM
Compass is closing 3/31 and no word on its replacement.

skiingfast
01-06-2012, 01:33 PM
I'm wondering is it fresh made, or gourmet being a adjective applied to machine made? I've only seen a few pictures of the inside, is there a real cappacino machine in there?

I did find a picture of coffe beans in a grinder, so at least some type of coffee there is made fresh.

The sit down places have a "gourmet" blend, but it is still Nescafe. The La Brea Bakery serves a Starbucks blend, Haagen Dazs serves a Peet's blend, and I forget what Compass Books serves.


I only know where Starbucks falls, and so many people have tricked into enjoying it by marekting. It's a poorly graded coffee, below average, so chances are that NesCafe uses a better product.

DizMe
01-06-2012, 01:38 PM
Compass is closing 3/31 and no word on its replacement.

Oh no! I like that place.

ArchOwl
01-06-2012, 02:39 PM
I only know where Starbucks falls, and so many people have tricked into enjoying it by marekting. It's a poorly graded coffee, below average, so chances are that NesCafe uses a better product.

Starbucks is not my favorite, but at least they use higher quality Arabica beans, even if they do over-roast in my opinion. Nescafe still uses lower quality Robusta beans in its blends, which is why their coffee is less flavorful and has a weird after-taste.

Additionally, Starbucks has strict standards about how much time can expire between grinding, pulling, and using a shot. Nescafe beans have been ground for who knows how long because they are delivered that way.

skiingfast
01-06-2012, 03:04 PM
Starbucks is not my favorite, but at least they use higher quality Arabica beans, even if they do over-roast in my opinion. Nescafe still uses lower quality Robusta beans in its blends, which is why their coffee is less flavorful and has a weird after-taste.

Additionally, Starbucks has strict standards about how much time can expire between grinding, pulling, and using a shot. Nescafe beans have been ground for who knows how long because they are delivered that way.

You can buy either brand preground or as whole beans, preground is much more common for both.

As pictures have shown JHB is using whole beans for something.

The problem with SB is this, You can take a clean Hanes Tshirt and compare it to Ralph Lauren T shirt, that has been burned by an iron, and washed in a mud puddle, now which is better?

SB harvests the beans in terrible ways which is why they are poor quality beans.

bumbershoot
01-06-2012, 03:43 PM
I only know where Starbucks falls, and so many people have tricked into enjoying it by marekting. It's a poorly graded coffee, below average, so chances are that NesCafe uses a better product.

As much as I dislike starbucks, nescafe is SO much worse.

DizMe
01-06-2012, 03:57 PM
As much as I dislike starbucks, nescafe is SO much worse.

I have to agree with this (although I don't think Starbuck's is terrible, just not my fave).

cp11
01-06-2012, 04:46 PM
This was a huge topic for us on our trip last week. I think we're coffee snobs. As soon as we landed in Portland, we grabbed Starbucks before our luggage! Just wish DL would do something about their coffee situation.

Tommy_B
01-06-2012, 08:02 PM
I only know where Starbucks falls, and so many people have tricked into enjoying it by marekting. It's a poorly graded coffee, below average, so chances are that NesCafe uses a better product.

Not sure where you are getting that from, but Starbucks using very high grade coffees and then roasts them accordingly. That is how they have become the giant they are, not through advertising.

SeattleRedBear
01-06-2012, 08:12 PM
Just thought I'd mention that the Market House does give you free refills. You only need to show your receipt and they'll give you a fresh cup.

And I agree with previous posters...Starbucks isn't my favorite, but it's reliable and waaaaaaaay better than Nescafe.

SeattleTink
01-07-2012, 01:19 PM
This was a huge topic for us on our trip last week. I think we're coffee snobs. As soon as we landed in Portland, we grabbed Starbucks before our luggage! Just wish DL would do something about their coffee situation.

I could have wrote this! :rotfl2:

We have given up trying to find good coffee in the park. We bring Starbucks Via packets. This is the only way we have found to get a cup of coffee that is up to our standards.

They sell these at Starbucks, or a bigger pack at Costco for cheaper.

Captain Redbeard
01-07-2012, 02:22 PM
You can get French Press at Win Country Trattoria...they call it a press pot. It's by far the best cup of black coffee you can find in the parks.

DizMe
01-07-2012, 02:29 PM
You can get French Press at Win Country Trattoria...they call it a press pot. It's by far the best cup of black coffee you can find in the parks.

Wow! Thanks for this information!! I didn't know that.

jlmarr
01-07-2012, 06:58 PM
This was a huge topic for us on our trip last week. I think we're coffee snobs. As soon as we landed in Portland, we grabbed Starbucks before our luggage! Just wish DL would do something about their coffee situation.


We have given up trying to find good coffee in the park. Have you tried Peet's Coffee at the Häagen-Dasz store? I'm curious about what Starbucks fans think about Peet's.

keishashadow
01-07-2012, 07:36 PM
Not sure where you are getting that from, but Starbucks using very high grade coffees and then roasts them accordingly. That is how they have become the giant they are, not through advertising.

A well-trained barista can make or break your favorite brew. My youngest DS started working @ a local starbucks franchise several years ago while in high school. I was shocked at the number of hours of complicated training he had to complete before they'd let him loose without direct supervision. He now is in college but returns home on breaks as a part-time supervisor, training new hires and still working on developing a perfect foam signature ;).

I've had my share of "really bad" starbucks/seattles best coffee at different venues over the years (especially in airport terminals for some reason:confused:) but I chalk it up to possible expired product, overlong brewing & barista errors. fyi, if you're not happy with your starbucks drink, hand it back and request a complimentary replacement.

ArchOwl
01-07-2012, 07:49 PM
Have you tried Peet's Coffee at the Häagen-Dasz store? I'm curious about what Starbucks fans think about Peet's.

I have had Peet's at the Haagen Dazs and it is much better than the stuff in the parks. But I enjoy Peet's coffee while others think it is too strong. It is very strong, not in the roasting (like starbucks, aka "charbucks") but in just how much coffee flavor there is.

My problem is that Haagen Dazs is not open in the morning and by the time it is open, I have already gotten my coffee somewhere else. I have gotten it as a pick me up in the afternoon, but the line for ice cream is frequently long and it just seems like a big hassle to get it sometimes. It is also a very limited espresso menu and the employees don't seem up to Peet's standards. For example, we had to explain before what an Americano is. :scared1:

creampuff
01-10-2012, 03:37 AM
Coffee snob checking in here. We home roast our own coffee at home from green coffee beans. Freshly grind the beans prior to brewing with a Barista Virtuoso grinder. We don't have an expresso machine, but we do brew our coffee in a Brikka pot.

So yes, coffee around the DLR is quite horrid compared to a home roast. Here are the two options we have done:

Lion's preground coffee, steeped in an Aeropress coffee maker. Use the hot water from the coffee maker in a hotel. It makes a very good cup, except you go through a lot of beans.

This is almost sacriledge to say the next option. Buy the Starbucks Via packaages, they actually aren't too bad. And you won't have to walk all over creation in an attempt to find a starbucks.

Kimtastic
01-13-2012, 03:49 PM
I'm not a big coffee drinker, but my husband is and he likes the coffee at the coffee shop on main street in DL. (they also have good hot chocolate for me). They usually have a variety of roasts available each day and most importantly refills are FREE ALL DAY!!

All you have to do is save your receipt (they do not want your cup back as they can't use it due to health department rules). So if you are a big coffee drinker, like my husband, you can get as many cups as you want in the day and you can try all of the different roasts or even switch over to hot chocolate. It may not be the best coffee ever, but I think the fact that he only pays $3 for what usually ends up being 6 cups over the whole day makes it taste better lol.

Saskiwi
01-14-2012, 05:08 PM
We love good, STRONG (filter) coffee - or espresso- and found it virtually impossible to find either at DL or DTD.

Peets at Haagen Daaz was pretty good, but limited in hours.

Compass Books also ok but they are closing : (

As always in the US, ask for the smallest size (which is still what we call huge in Australia or NZ - it's called 'the Starbucks vente effect'!) and ask for extra shot(s). Did this at both La Brea Bakery and the Bakery on Main St and still got awful weak dishwater both times, so gave up trying at those outlets.

Staying at Hojos, we found the best option was to 'hack' our Keurig machine and use two pods per regular cup - nice and strong - then we were ready to tackle the parks each morning!

DryCreek
01-14-2012, 08:08 PM
I have had Peet's at the Haagen Dazs and it is much better than the stuff in the parks. But I enjoy Peet's coffee while others think it is too strong. It is very strong, not in the roasting (like starbucks, aka "charbucks") but in just how much coffee flavor there is.

Too strong? I'm confused - is that even possible?

On another note, from the NesCafe (Taster's Choice) website:
http://www.tasterschoice.com/products/default.aspx?smod=true
http://www.tasterschoice.com/products/default.aspx
I don't see any choices but (eek) instant.
I know that when we visit WDW I have to carry my own for in-room brewing. At least the moderates have a four cup pot I can use. I have also found that the Kona Cafe had some really good coffee - the coffee at the food court (Riverside Mill Food Court) was horrid. Same in all of the parks. It was just sad. We normally visit in February, so a good cup of coffee is almost mandatory!

Realmousefan
01-14-2012, 08:42 PM
I will be interested to see what the reports are from the Jolly Holiday Bakery.