So I decided to give that a try… McDonalds used to have some of the most rancid, heavily caffeinated, in dire need of cream and sugar to make it barely tolerable crud anywhere in the world (or at least, anywhere I tried it, which was mostly western Canada.)
Awful, but effective.
Over the last few years, they’ve embraced coffee as something more than just a quick and nasty method of staying awake – they’ve improved their brew to the point where it’s actually one of the best you can get from a chain store that isn’t focused on coffee, and better than some of those too. It’s smooth, rich, and tasty. Puts Tim Hortons to shame at the very least (Tim’s is better known for speed and consistency than quality anyways)
So I was walking through Safeway, and I saw some McCafe K-Cups. Since i have a Keurig brewer, I thought what the heck, let’s see how it measures up
McCafe from a Keurig is good – but. Rather than a standard k-cup, they’ve put a plastic and fabric cup inside a plastic wrapped container with a peel off top – Keurig is already bad for waste, and they went and doubled it. That’s disheartening, because it’s actually very decent coffee. Most of what you can get for a single serve brewer is passable, but very few options are delicious. McCafe is.
Sadly, I won’t be venturing down that road again. It’s not worth the extra waste – for a similar price I can get a less wasteful brew from Marley Coffee (outstanding even from a k-cup) that’s even better. I’d highly recommend their “Lively Up” blend, which is dark and rich without being bitter. It stands up well to most coffee house brews, although if you want a decent latte, you still have to leave the house if you want the best. Or invest a couple grand in a proper espresso rig with a well constructed built in steamer (think $2500 rather than $250). For single cup home coffee lovers, Marley is an excellent choice. McCafe could have been too, but sadly their over-packaging makes them a poor choice even if it tastes great.