Monday, 28 June 2010

Burger Chain Coffee Smackdown

I had a sudden desire to find out who would win in the coffee stakes between the much maligned McDonald's and the flame grilled rival Burger king. The desire stemmed from an extremely hungover/ drunk moment in Slough McDonald's the morning after a wedding. Morning was truly morning after being gently woken by my family before 6. I had a coffee and thought how really not very very bad it was.

I soon found that this was not even a fight as burger king makes instant.  Although they don't claim it the packaging leads you to believe it is real but you can't hide that difference in taste no matter how luxurious a brand you use. From my fuzzy memory McDonald's was as good as, if not better than many of the dedicated coffee houses.

I got a chance to try McDonald's again in Sweden.

The price was good and my ordering in Swedish was not that bad (although the man replied in English). The first thing that struck was the crema, it looked very odd, fluffy and white; some how it was synthetic. The liquid also looked too thin and didn't have much of a strong aroma. But after these poor first impressions it tasted, well not bad at all. In fact this coffee had quite a unique taste that was hard to pin down. It was not overly bitter or watery, it could have been stronger and perhaps fresher but not an all together unpleasant experience

  • Regular Black Americano
  • Medium to low strength
  • Smooth taste but little aroma
  • A little bitter but not overly so
  • Weird frothy crema
  • Small cup
  • £1.00 (10K)

A unique tasting coffee  that could have been a little stronger and the beans a little fresher but surprisingly not awful. Max burger was also pretty good but that is for another day.


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