Chick-Fil-A Hot Coffee Review: Here’s How it Rates

What kind of coffee does Chick-Fil-A use?

Chick-Fil-A buys a high end speciality coffee from an organization known as Thrive Farmers.

According to Chick-Fil-A, “The coffee THRIVE Farmers brews for Chick-fil-A is unique. It was specially developed to match the flavors on the restaurant’s breakfast menu. It’s also the first coffee in the quick-service restaurant industry to earn the distinction of “specialty grade,” a designation bestowed by the Specialty Coffee Association of America upon just 10 percent of the world’s coffee based on balance, body, taste and aroma.”

Chick-Fil-A says that after they switched to this coffee in 2014, they doubled their coffee sales a year later.

I don’t usually eat breakfast at Chick-Fil-A, but was flying out of LAX airport recently and grabbed breakfast before my flight. It was a good opportunity to try out their coffee for the first time, so I ordered a cup and drank it black.

It was around 8:30 a.m. at the airport and the line was extremely long and slow at this airport Chick-Fil-A. I would assume that the coffee would be relatively fresh, because you can see from my photo that the dispenser urn is not very big.

While in Los Angeles, there was only two places that opened up near my hotel before 7 a.m., and they were Dunkin and Starbucks. I ended up drinking Dunkin original and Dunkin Guatemalan on consecutive days there, black, and they were both very good coffees.

So I am comparing my recent Chick-Fil-A to the coffees I had ordered the two previous days, and not to my home coffee setup with a high end automatic Krups machine and my own regular beans. Which is probably a much fairer comparison.

Unfortunately, I did not really enjoy my Chick-Fil-A coffee and ended up throwing it out and buying a different coffee elsewhere in the airport. The coffee tasted overly strong as if there was too much ground coffee and not enough water, and I’m not even sure that it tasted fresh. How long had it been sitting in that dispenser? Minutes? Hours? I don’t know.

I felt surprised that I disliked the coffee so much, because I have had good experiences lately even at gas stations like QuikTrip and Racetrac.

I plan to buy another cup locally at a different Chick-Fil-A and see if it was a fluke or not and maybe I just got a bad cup.

Have you tried coffee from Chick-Fil-A? What do you think of it?

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