Expedition Roasters has expanded their collection of theme park inspired coffees over the years. We were recently treated to a new sample pack for review, which included a new blend inspired by Alice in Wonderland plus four Disney Parks returning favorites. Branching off-property, there are also four Harry Potter-esque blends themed to the four Hogwarts houses. As a massive Harry Potter fan, I was really excited to dive-in to this collection. But for obvious reasons, we will start with the Disney-themed brews.
Expedition Roasters is perfect for everyone and each of these blends are:
- All available in Regular and some available in Decaf
- Made of 100% Arabica Beans
- Come in a stylized zip-lock enclosure bag for maximum freshness
This is the second Wonderland-inspired coffee Expedition Roasters has produced and I was nervous about trying it as I was not a fan of the original retired blend, Mad Chocolate Biscotti. But my fears were quickly put aside after smelling the grounds. Brewing them revealed flavors of cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar, just like a delicious coffee crumb cake. It’s not overpoweringly sweet, but nonetheless delicious. If you’re a big fan of Alice in Wonderland and baked treats, this is a must-try. Drink me!
Get your motor running and head out on the highway with this Cars Land inspired blend. Like the Main Street U.S.A. Columbian, this roast is unflavored but is sourced from different beans (South American Arabica) which gives it a different taste. It’s a medium roast, but has bolder coffee flavors than the flavored blends. It tastes classic and refreshing, the same feelings you get in Cars Land at dusk as the neon lights come alive. It’s a lovely way to wake up.
One of the original roasts from back when Expedition Roasters was known as “Trader Sam’s Coffee Co.” returns! Grab your pickaxe and hard hat and hop aboard your mine train, ‘cause this here’s the wildest coffee in the wilderness!… It’s flavored like one of your favorite Disney Parks treats, churros! It has a light cinnamon flavor and I believe I detect a bit of vanilla, too. It’s a perfect pairing with Frontierland’s toughest back-killer.
Feed your hatred and fear with this dark roast, then surrender yourself to the power of the dark side. Lord Vader and the Emperor will be be pleased as you savor this rich blend while getting ready for the day. Be sure to put on your favorite Sith march music if taking it with you on your morning commute.
Bourbon… why did it have to be bourbon? This is the second booze flavored coffee blend from Expedition Roasters, the first being a rum flavored Pirates of the Caribbean blend called “Redhead Rum.” I enjoyed that one more than I thought I would, but I don’t like bourbon and am not a big fan of this blend. However, Indiana Jones fans who like that taste will likely be thrilled. It’s like having breakfast at Jock Lindsey’s.
Inspired by Gryffindor, house of the courageous, comes Charming Chocolate Cherry. I’ve never been a fan of chocolate flavored coffee. Add to that the fact that I don’t like maraschino cherries and you have a blend that was designed to disgust my taste buds. However, the combination is not as bad as I expected. While I won’t be going back for another cup, if you like chocolate covered cherries you’ll probably love this. But then again, I’m not a Gryffindor. I’m a…
Hufflepuff, house of the loyal, comes with a delicious butterscotch flavor. You may think me biased since this is my house, but I love this blend. It’s perfect for crisp fall mornings. My only criticism is that there is a bit of an aftertaste that lingers after the cup is empty.
For all the wise Ravenclaws comes Booksmart Blueberry Cobbler. This unintentionally became my favorite in the collection because it’s so unique. I’ve never seen a blueberry flavored coffee anywhere else and it pairs remarkably well. If you love blueberries and want to try just one of the Harry Potter inspired blends, this is the one to start with.
For the resourceful Slytherin, Cunning Caramel Crunch will jolt you awake. I thought I would like this blend far more than I did. The sweetness overpowers the blend, making it a little sickening in the process. But true to Slytherin form, the brew is a little bitter. If Slytherin was a Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean flavor (which it must be), I’m sure it would taste like this.
I’ve been a fan of Expedition Roasters for years and was excited to get to revisit the brand with some returning classics and some brand new flavors. If you’re a Disney fan and a coffee lover, I recommend giving their brews a try. In addition to what you see here, they also have some fall appropriate Haunted Mansion and The Nightmare Before Christmas inspired blends.
Alex has been blogging about Disney films since 2009 after a lifetime of fandom. He joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and covers films across all of Disney’s brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Fox, in addition to books, music, toys, consumer products, and food. You can hear his voice as a member of the Laughing Place Podcast and his face can be seen on Laughing Place’s YouTube channel where he unboxes stuff.