For coffee fanatics, Walt Disney World has not always been the best place to enjoy their favorite beverage. If you’ve been visiting the resort for a while, you might remember the days of NesCafe. Thankfully, those days are long behind us now, and there are plenty of places to get some excellent coffee during your Walt Disney World vacation. The following list includes my top 8 picks for the best coffee spots in Disney, along with some options for my favorite specific coffee drinks:
8 – Starbucks
Starbucks takes the #8 spot on this list simply because it’s not something specific to Disney, and you can easily enjoy a cup of Starbucks coffee from home. That being said, while the coffee is not anything out of the ordinary, the Starbucks locations at Walt Disney World are actually quite nice, and elaborately themed to fit their location within the parks, or Disney Springs. These locations are also a great place to go to if you’re into collecting the “You are here” mugs, as they feature designs for each of the four theme parks.
7 – Joffrey’s
Joffrey’s, like Starbucks, is only at the bottom of the list because it is a third party company that exists outside of Walt Disney World. While there are no locations near me, I can order their products online if I want to, and in terms of actual coffee, many coffee enthusiasts would say that the best thing about Joffrey’s is the convenience of being in and outside many of the parks. Their coffee drinks tend to be on the sweeter/syrupier side, which is ideal for people who are not devout coffee drinkers. On the plus side, I absolutely love all of the teas I’ve had at the Disney Springs location, and the giant donuts are honestly one of the highlights of my trips to Walt Disney World.
6 – Trattoria al Forno
Trattoria al Forno, the newest dining option at the Boardwalk, this Italian staple features Joffrey’s Italian style fresh brewed coffee. In addition to the standard hot coffee, this location is also home to three different blends of espresso, each representative of a different region in Italy, as well as cappuccino and café lattes. Guests are also able to order a press pot of coffee to share, which is typically something I’d recommend taking advantage of if you’re a coffee lover in Disney who happens to be at a restaurant that offers it.
5 – Ghirardelli Ice Cream and Chocolate Shop
Now you’re probably wondering how an ice cream and chocolate shop ended up on this list. Allow me to explain– while this might not be the obvious choice for coffee in Disney Springs, there are actually a variety of coffee options here, along with coffee themed shakes and ice cream sundaes. There is plenty to choose from in terms of specialty espresso and cappuccino, however I’d recommend going with a coffee flavored ice cream treat like the Espresso Escape, which includes Espresso Chip ice cream, freshly homemade dark chocolate hot fudge, whipped cream, and Intense Dark Twilight Delight 72%.
4 – Via Napoli
Via Napoli, the pizzeria located in the back of the Italy pavilion in World Showcase, is the place to go for the ultimate Italian dining experience in the parks. It should come as no surprise then, that Via Napoli is home to some excellent coffee. In addition to serving what I believe to be the best espresso at Walt Disney World, Via Napoli has some other unique coffee beverages like the Espresso Martini, frozen cappuccino, and the Tiramisu Martini, which is made with Vanilla vodka, Bailey’s, Kahlua, espresso, cream, and cocoa.
3 – Grand Floridian Café
The Grand Floridian Café is one of the most underrated restaurants at Walt Disney World. I’ve dined here for every meal of the day before, and I would recommend eating here at any time, although my favorite time to dine here is for breakfast. Aside from perhaps Tonga Toast at Kona Café, the Grand Floridian Café has the best French Toast, as it’s made with vanilla batter. In addition to the delicious breakfast, it’s a wonderful place to relax with coffee, like the Grand Blend press pot of coffee.
2 – Boma/Sanaa/Jiko
Next time you’re dining at Animal Kingdom Lodge, be sure to try what is definitely one of the best coffees at Walt Disney World, the Kenyan blend of press pot coffee. For the best bang for your buck, order it at Boma, where the coffee is included in the price of your meal.
1 – Kona Café
Kona Café has the best coffee at Walt Disney World– the 100% Kona blend coffee served in a French press pot. This Hawaiian coffee has a strong, yet unique flavor, making it stand out among the other coffee options at Walt Disney World. Unless you specifically buy Kona coffee to brew at home, or you happen to be in Hawaii, you won’t have an easy time tracking down this specialty blend, so it’s become a must-have for my family when dining at the Polynesian Village Resort.