JikoJoffrey’s Coffee has had a presence at Walt Disney World since the mid-1990s, with specialty coffee carts set up at various locations around property (starting with Typhoon Lagoon in 1995). But Joffrey’s Disney presence has grown since it became the Official Specialty Coffee of Walt Disney World®, Disneyland® Resort, and Disney® Vacation Club in 2012. Finally, just last year, Joffrey’s Coffee started Joffrey’s specialty coffee blends became the standard coffee found in Disney resort hotel rooms.

After Joffrey’s Head Roastmaster Chris de Mezzo did an interview with DISDads Radio partner ResortLoop.com Podcast, DISDad Matt Birchfield was inspired to taste-test a range of Joffrey’s Specialty Blends for Disney and to review the performance of three of the most popular coffee brewing methods – french press, Keurig machine, and automatic drip. Here are Matt’s reviews:

by Matt Birchfield

Artist Point
Of all of the Joffrey’s coffee I have tried so far, Artist Point is my favorite. The taste is very rich and smooth, and the low acid means I can drink this coffee all day with no upset stomach or indigestion. With everything lining up as it does, this is a great coffee for simply relaxing and enjoying an evening with friends.

Carthay Circle
Bold flavor, medium acidity. Carthay Circle has a bold flavor and medium acidity. This a good morning eye opener coffee, something to get the blood flowing and the eyes open.

Flavors of Africa
Not a fan of this one, very acidic. I have to say that out of all the blends that I have tried so far, I care for this one the least. Now, that’s not to say that it’s a bad blend or comparable to 7-11 regular. This is still a good overall coffee. I would probably pair this with dessert or something sweet so that the acidity does not steamroll you.

Flying Fish Cafe
I enjoyed the Flying Fish Blend, its a good everyday coffee, definitely somethingmthat I would order after a meal. The website even mentions that this can be used as an espresso, and I would love to try it. If anyone does, please let me know how it turns out.

French Bistro Decaf/Regular
I know what you’re saying: “Why in the world are you drinking decaf? Go build up a tolerance to real coffee!” I drink caffeinated coffee all day and usually have at least one cup before bed. But I had to at least give this one a try. The French Bistro is another of my favorites, and something I took to work to drink there. The flavor is great and the low acidity means I can drink it until lunch time and not get that queasy feeling.

I want to start off saying I was completely ready to not like this blend of coffee. The other Animal Kingdom Lodge blend, Flavors of Africa, had tainted my expectations. I was pleasantly surprised to say that I like Jiko. The taste has a nutty finish and medium acidity, and is also good for a morning eye opener.

Brewing Methods

French Press
But how do you use a french press? I’m glad you asked. Welcome to French press 101:
1. Fill up the body of the press with a measured amount of HOT water. What do I mean by that? Whatever amount you can consistently measure to the same amount. If your press will hold 4 cups, then measure out 4 cups. I put hot water in from my faucet and then microwave it for another 4 minutes or so, just to the point where it is not boiling, but small bubbles are starting to form.
2. Add the coffee on top of the water. Once the grounds are placed in the press, I usually take a spoon and give it a stir. You should see the water slowly turn brown as the coffee steeps. I usually wait 4 minutes from the time I stir it. The water should now be black as any coffee should be. If you can see anything on the other side of the French Press, congrats, you just made tea. Try again.
3. The magic Coffee to Water ratio? People always ask, “how much coffee do I use?” The answer is how much do you want to use? Different strokes for different folks. The “strength” of the coffee has little to do with the amount of coffee grounds you use. Coffee strength is a function of the amount of coffee oils you extract from the grounds. Using too much coffee may mean that not enough of those oils get extracted from the grounds and you miss out on the coffee’s full flavor profile. Use too little coffee and you get bitterness from over-extraction.

Automatic Drip Coffee
Everyone should know how to make coffee in their automatic drip coffee maker. But just in case, I usually use 1/4 of a cup of grounds in a 12 cup pot. Once again, experiment to find your golden ratio. [Ed. Note: I use 3x the amount of coffee that Matt does].

The Keurig machine is the Instant Ramen of the coffee world. It’s good for a quick cup but you’re missing out. I say this only because its true and I myself have one at home. If I want a few cups of coffee I use the French Press. If I want one cup on the go first thing in the morning, I use the Keurig. I use reusable K-cups, and fill the coffee up to just past the metal foil on the sides. This ratio works best for me.

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