Are you a coffee lover who's been wondering if McDonald's coffee is real coffee? The answer is yes! McDonald's uses a medium roast blend instead of dark roast coffee, which brings out the nutty and chocolate undertones of the beans without causing excessive bitterness or burnt flavor. The fast-food giant also uses high-quality beans from popular suppliers such as Newman's Own and Seattle's Best, as well as Rainforest Alliance certified coffee beans. McDonald's prepares its hot drinks quickly, so it doesn't always taste the same as restaurant coffee. However, you can still enjoy mocha, vanilla, or caramel flavored drinks on demand.
The Italian coffee machines McDonald's uses feature a unique design that contributes to extracting the highest quality and body espresso. In addition to that, the app isn't just for coffee drinkers, it works with coffee, chips, hamburgers, and everything else on the menu. As for Starbucks, although it mostly boils down to personal preference, their coffee is far from mind-blowing in comparison. Costa Rican coffee offers mild acidity and bright flavors or a rich, luminous mix of dark and heady notes.
Starbucks specializes in dark roasted coffee beans, although they occasionally offer limited lighter roast options. And it's relatively fresh, so you won't find that stale taste like with coffee drinks you buy at gas stations, fast food stores, or those cheap coffees. Pedro, one of the owners of Gaviña Gourmet Coffee, says they only deliver the best quality coffee to McDonald's. The same-sized cup of coffee at 7-Eleven will provide you with 280 milligrams of caffeine, and a Starbucks Grande cup of coffee has an even greater impact at 330 milligrams.