I have a theory about Culver’s: Everyone dining there is either pushing 85 or is still in preschool. Based on my multiple visits to the chain, I don’t think there is a more popular place for people who lived through the Great Depression to treat their grandkids to burgers and frozen custard. I am neither very old nor very young, but I get why this is a popular gathering spot. Culver’s is extremely delicious. Even its coffee. Especially its coffee.
After a super kind Culver’s employee drops the coffee off at my table (tableside service at a fast food place? Oh là là!), my eyes were immediately drawn to the writing on the coffee cup. Here are the pertinent facts: It’s Blue Spoon Blend java (named after the slightly more upscale restaurant concept Culver’s operates in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin), and it’s roasted by Sheboygan’s Torke Coffee. The java is Rainforest Alliance certified and incorporates beans from a Pacific island mountain region and Latin America.
The cup invites me to taste smoke, cocoa, berry, and fruit. While I do get a little berry and some burnt notes common to every single cup of fast food coffee on planet Earth, the overall freshness is what’s immediately notable. Perhaps it’s because this coffee is roasted in smaller batches than any coffee from a fast food brand with a larger restaurant footprint. No matter, this is the best-tasting cup of $1.99 coffee in fast food. It’s a full bodied, smooth, delicious cup that features smoke and tobacco notes up front, and a satisfying, pleasant finish.
It’s hands-down the best cup of fast food coffee in America.