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Old 10-20-2009, 08:02 AM   #16
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New coffee at WDW is wonderful news. I dont care what brand they choose as long as its good.
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Since the coffee at the parks is mostly instant....I'd say it would be Starbucks VIA brand that they may use, if this rumor is true.
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Fresh sweet tea? Don't forget fresh unsweet iced tea, too!

If there is a new coffee/tea supplier of any note, I think we can expect a press release on the subject. However, if it's just a food service industry supplier, it's just going to slip under the door unheralded. I guess time will tell.

For myself, I'm not pulling for Starbuck's. As far as I'm concerned (and I'm not alone), the "secret" to Starbuck's is over-roasting to the point of nearly burning. I like a dark roast as well as, or maybe more, than the next guy, but not every bean benefits from that kind of treatment.
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If Tim Hortons came to Disney...I can't even begin to tell you what that would be like...awesome isn't even the right word...

I think my wife would move in if Tim's came to WDW.
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Oh my gosh!! I would be happy with Timmies! Even if it was only at the Canada pavilion in EPCOT. I kind of doubt that will happen though because they are obligated to make fresh coffee every 20 minutes and must dump out anything older than that. Wouldn't likely be an issue in sit-down restaurants and stuff, but I could see it being a problem at the food courts after the breakfast rush is over.

But I would go just as happily for McD's - wonder if they're a possibility. As soon as we cross the border, we stop at the first McDs we find. I am hooked on their sweet tea and it's a big bummer they don't have it here. And their coffee is just as flavourful as Tim's as far as I'm concerned, but it costs less, so...
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If Starbucks comes to WDW....I won't be able to get DH out of the parks!!!!!!!!!
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Man, why can't you just get a good plain-o cup of joe anymore without having to pay like $5 and think about what you want in it!!!!
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If Tim Hortons came to Disney...I can't even begin to tell you what that would be like...awesome isn't even the right word...

OMG, for real. I like Starbucks too, but Tim's would be my first choice.
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I just tried Starbucks Via Italian Roast.
It was GOOD.
Not instant, but superfine coffee. No leftover grounds...
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I can't believe how great the VIA coffees are. We did the taste test and we both picked the VIA over the brewed coffee!! LOL
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My husband would be THRILLED! I'm sure he'll still bring his own for the room, though.
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