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Good Coffee

October 13, 2011 @ 08:33

I'm a bit of a suck when it comes to beverages. I like Diet Coke and Bud Lite, I even cut my orange juice with a shot of water.

I don't like strong stuff. I love beer, but it's got to be thin. I don't want to be challenged by what I'm drinking and sometimes can't understand why someone would want to drink a beer that you can almost chew.

Same with coffee. I don't like strong coffee and I'm often ridiculed by friends when I tell them I'm not big on Starbuck's coffee.

To me, Starbucks's is too thin and bitter, even their breakfast blend is harsh to my sensitive taste buds.

When I'm out and about, I do what most Canadians do, I go to Tim Horton's. But that's about to change.

I like Timmy's and although I prefer it to Starbucks I admit it's not the best cup of coffee on earth. I've always fantasized about something in between, and finally, I think I've found it.

For months and months people have been telling me to try McDonald's coffee, but I never took them seriously. I thought it was part of the mocking process for not liking manly Starbuck's.

I remember McDonalds coffee as something you put up with to go with your Egg McMuffin. It was like dishwater. No body.

Well let me tell ya, I had the opportunity to try a McDonalds coffee last week and I couldn't believe it. It was exactly what I've been looking for. Tasty but mellow, a more than adequate coffee flavour but not over powering.

Yes, it settles right in between Starbuck's and Timmy's.

And what's cool about it is the accessibility. I often hear coffee snobs complain about there not being enough Starbuck's around, but that's no problem with Mickey D's. They're everywhere and they're totally revamping the d├ęcor.

I was at a leadership conference last winter and McDonald's was one of the topics when we talked about strategy.

Believe it or not, McDonald's doesn't care about Tim Horton's, that's a lost cause. Instead they're more interested in taking Starbuck's out. Nice surroundings, including fireplaces, wifi and great coffee.

I've been to a couple in the past week, and I'm sold. Not only that, but McDonald's breakfast sandwiches are every bit as good as Tim Horton's.

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23 Responses to "Good Coffee"


catchacoma
October 13, 2011 / 17:48

I have not stepped foot into a McDonalds in 23 years and maybe there is a website for people who are long running McDonalds abstainers. The challenge is on. The prison grey that they used on the Micks in Peterborough did the designers justice.


pigeon toed dave
October 13, 2011 / 17:52

Okay-- who can one up me. I have not been in a Mcdonalds for the past 23 years and counting. There must be a website for Mcdonalds abstainers out there.


Mike from Lowville
October 13, 2011 / 17:55

.....and there we have Humble and Fred Radio.com's first major sponsor.


formerly jim
October 13, 2011 / 21:13

Holy Crap Freddie, the Leafs are on the way to an undefeated season, McGimpey or whatever his name is, got re-elected and you're talking about COFFEE. Give yourself a shake!


formerly jim
October 13, 2011 / 21:13

Holy Crap Freddie, the Leafs are on the way to an undefeated season, McGimpey or whatever his name is, got re-elected and you're talking about COFFEE. Give yourself a shake!


formerly jim
October 13, 2011 / 21:15

Holy Crap Freddie, the Leafs are on the way to an undefeated season, McGimpey or whatever his name is, got re-elected and you're talking about COFFEE. Give yourself a shake!


"Speyside Phil"
October 14, 2011 / 09:21

Interesting Freddie, I had a coffee at Mc's a few months ago and I will not buy a coffee anywhere else since. Great stuff as you described.


"Speyside Phil"
October 14, 2011 / 09:28

Interesting Freddie P. I bought my first cup of Mc's coffee a few months ago and will not buy another Timmys. Great taste as you described.


Bruce Barker
October 14, 2011 / 10:23

Fred I have been a fan for the past 2 1/2 years since they were the OFFICIAL coffee of Breakfast with Barks out in Alberta.

very good java


THE OTHER JAMES
October 14, 2011 / 13:47

Holly shit, something I agree with Fred about. I won't eat at McDonalds "ever", but have had their coffee and like it. Tim Hortons coffee makes a good rust remover. Now that we like it, Fred they will go and change it.


chris
October 14, 2011 / 14:04

and the best part????? you don't have to sit in a drive thru line 50 cars long, or a line up going outside the door. why anyone stands in line to buy crappy tim hortens coffee is beyond me - low grade swill at best.

love the mc'd's coffee, and i'm not wasting hours in line.


Trish
October 14, 2011 / 15:41

I can't stand coffee. I drink tea instead. And Starbucks makes a pretty good one.


Anonymous
October 14, 2011 / 23:15

Baseball--get that f-n camera offa Larussa...imagine 7 games of his face 1/2 the game
btw what happened to the annual no New York or LA no World Series whine?


Rick C in Oakville
October 15, 2011 / 20:48

Chris, like your thinking, I 've just started going to Mcd's just for the reasons you stated, 10- 15 minutes in a drive through for milque toast coffee. I tried going inside and I think the slow learners run the counter as the drive through seems to serve 2 to 1 when compared to the insiders.


Mikey
October 16, 2011 / 19:54

A lot of it depends on how you take your coffee. If you drink double double, it doesn't matter what the coffee tastes like because all that sugar and cream masks the actual flavour. That's why Tim's is so popular even though the coffee is garbage. If you like your coffee black (like me) you drink Starbucks.

I had a McD's coffee today for the first time. Absolute garbage.


Big A From Burlington
October 17, 2011 / 09:56

It makes me laugh when someone claims that one particular brand of coffee is the best while another is garbage... this is a matter of personal taste. I can never understand why lovers of McD's coffee care why Timmies lovers choose to spend time waiting in the long drive-through lineups. Obviously to us it is worth the wait. You can go to McD's if you choose but I don't understand why it is your mission to criticise Tim Hortons coffee and try to convince us that McD's is superior. I am a loyal Tim's customer but every now and then I do give McD's coffee a try after hearing people claim that it is really good. It just doesn't do it for me.

A sidenote - the Tim Hortons sausage breakfast sandwich on a biscuit is one of man's greatest creations!


Pauly Walnuts
October 17, 2011 / 11:09

Definitely the best coffee out there. McDonald's isn't where they are by not knowing how to do things.


Mike from Lowville
October 17, 2011 / 17:43

Maybe if Tim Horton's stuck to coffee and donuts like they should have, they might have realized their product was slipping. I'm waiting for the local Timmy's to start selling car batteries and snow tires. May as well their trying to sell everything else!


Anonymous
October 18, 2011 / 08:37

ever tried a Tim's hashbrown.
Trust me--it isn't food. Cardboard?


Jason Patterson
October 25, 2011 / 08:23

I wouldn't touch MickDicks other than the coffee because I respect my body a little more than that but their coffee is just fine nowadays. Even the Seattle's Best they sell in Mack's Milk and the stuff in 7/11 is passable. None of that is "real" coffee though. I prefer 2nd Cup, but some of their shops over-brew the coffee and it then tastes like crap.


Jason Patterson
October 25, 2011 / 08:24

I wouldn't touch MickDicks other than the coffee because I respect my body a little more than that but their coffee is just fine nowadays. Even the Seattle's Best they sell in Mack's Milk and the stuff in 7/11 is passable. None of that is "real" coffee though. I prefer 2nd Cup, but some of their shops over-brew the coffee and it then tastes like crap.


JimmyJ
November 2, 2011 / 21:47

Just to clarify -- no real "coffee snob" would set foot in a Starbucks. Automatic espresso machines! Thin shots with no crema! Mass market fast-food crap coffee masquerading as high-end. Starbucks is about selling an "experience." They don't give a shit about real coffee. The people who sing Starbuck's praises have bought into the brand and they THINK they're experts and gourmets but they're just more sheep. Take away the milk, syrup and whipped cream and you're left with shitty, shitty coffee. Let me put it this way: I own a $350 espresso grinder and I'd take a McDonald's drip over a watery Starbucks poser drink any day of the week.


Ted Christoff
January 10, 2012 / 12:53

Okay, to some the idea of using a French press coffee maker is a little too precious, bordering on snobbishness. I used to be in that boat until a few hours ago. Tonight on a whim, I purchased this Bodum French press. Now I should warn you readers that it is generally NOT a good idea to test out your shiny new french press when you are getting home at 10:30pm on a Monday after spending way too much money at Target when you just ran in to get "dog food". I write this review so heavily caffienated that I will probably stay up until dawn tonight re-organizing my closets or alphabetizing my CD collection or doing some other useless task. Despite being a daily coffee drinker (of the muddy variety the office's Bunn machine churns out), one cup from the french press has knocked me into the stratosphere, and that alone is worth giving this product 5 stars.


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