The retail shop and tea counter is the brainchild of Joffrey’s, a name that you’re most likely familiar with if you enjoy coffee and tea while out and about at Walt Disney World. Joffrey’s is the official coffee of Disney World and Disneyland, and operates many kiosks and stands throughout Disney parks and resorts.
Let’s take a look around!
Tea Traders Cafe is located in The Landing area of Disney Springs. If you’re trying to get your bearings, it’s the ground that was once known as Pleasure Island.
The cafe is bright and airy with large windows that allow for plenty of natural light to enter the space. The inside of the cafe is larger than you might expect, and offers a bit of bar seating for tastings.
There’s no doubt here what the specialty of the house is. Jars of tea leaves line the walls, as do teapots, which are displayed as decor and in use in various brew methods. There are teapots for purchase as well.
To the left as you enter, you can order a drink or a pastry from the cast members manning the counter. In this way, the shop feels very much like your neighborhood coffee bar. Come in, order, grab your drink and eats, and you can be on your way.
But if you have the time, there are also lots of opportunities to learn more about tea.
At the tea bar, we found an assortment of loose teas, plus plenty of condiments to customize our brew.
I was definitely intrigued by the Flavored Sugars that were available!
At the tea bar, you can watch how teas are blended and see demonstrations of different tea preparations by the tea master or one of his teasmiths. (I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a teasmith.)
You can even check out a Gong Fu Cha demonstration, a traditional Chinese ritual tea ceremony.
The cast members are knowledgable, and available to walk you through the world of tea. They’ll offer samples and suggestions depending on your tastes, and maybe even lift the veil of mystery a bit when it comes to tea and tea brewing.
Beyond the pastry counter and tea bar, there is also a Retail Component to the shop where you can purchase a variety of loose-leaf tea, teapots, and other accessories for preparing your own cuppa at home.
Eats (and Drinks)
Even though we spent the majority of our time at the Tea Bar, I still want to give you a look around at what the shop has to offer. The Menu Board overhead gives you a glimpse. You can enjoy Iced or Frozen tea; Loose-Leaf Brewed, or a Tea Latte.
There are also some really fun “Spirited” — or Adult — Tea Beverages, in both hot and cold varieties.
But before we jump into drinks, let’s take a look at that pastry case.
Two different Mini Tarts caught my eye. The Matcha Berry Mini Tart is colorful and tempting.
And tea lovers with traditional tastes are sure to be intrigued by the Earl Grey Apricot Mini Tart.
We saw Chai baked into a couple of different options — a rich-looking Brownie as well as a traditional Marble Bundt Poundcake, available by the slice.
Tea Bag Shortbread Cookies were also on display.
But for this first visit, we were more interested in tasting our way through the tea offerings. We began our tasting with a steaming cup of Oolong Tea. With a mellow, soothing flavor and slightly floral notes on the finish, it was a nice, gentle entry into the world of tea.
Next, we’re for something with a hint of citrus. Chris, the Tea Master, introduced us to a blend he called Citrus Sorbet. We watched as he crafted the brew with loose tea leaves right in front of us and explained the whole process as he worked.
The tea was equal parts fruity and floral. I identified the subtle scent of orange blossom in addition to the more familiar citrus notes. The taste is just as the name suggests — all the same traits of the Oolong tea we tasted first, but with the addition of fresh orange flavor.
Next on our list, a set of customer favorite iced teas to try! Currently, Iced Teas on offer include Classic Unsweet, Luscious Peach, Green Blackberry Jasmine, Tropical Mango, and Red Raspberry.
First up was the Blackberry Jasmine Green Tea. The smell of this one was amazing, with deep berry flavors and ending notes of jasmine.
Tropical Mango was next with a strong mango flavor and a subtle blend of peach, red raspberry, passion fruit and papaya blended in.
Next, we tried the Luscious Peach. This one is definitely for peach lovers, as the flavor came through very strong.
After our plunge into iced tea, we got to sample two different Frozen Teas.
First was Matcha Frozen Tea. While this wasn’t my favorite, the grassy flavors and natural sweetness have a big fan following; Matcha is a serious trend in tea circles right now.
But I couldn’t pass up the beloved Disney Frozen Chai. Everyone loves this. Maybe not everyone, but almost everyone. It’s the same addictive treat that you can enjoy in Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the Royal Anandapur Tea Company.
In fact, I liked the Frozen Chai tea so much that the cast members made me a Chai Latte to sample. This was one of the best Chais I’ve ever tasted. The spices — cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and others — were well balanced.
In addition to the menu items, cast members will do their best to try and recreate any custom blends or drinks you’re looking for.
This place will definitely be a haven for tea-lovers, and may even be a draw for non-tea-drinkers due to the pastry counter and interactive experiences. I’d love to hear what you guys think.
Will you be visiting Joffrey’s Tea Traders Cafe? Leave a comment and let us know what looks good to you at this new spot!
Thanks to Joffrey’s for inviting us to explore their shop on its opening day. We were not obligated to write about Tea Traders Cafe. Read more in our disclosure policy.