7 Things You Need to Know About McDonald’s McCafe

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My absolute favorite place to get coffee is at McDonald’s. Seriously. If you haven’t tried McDonald’s coffee or any of their McCafe drinks recently, I would highly suggest that you do. They are really good, they have a great variety of selections, their coffee program supports sustainability and you can buy them a few times a week without breaking the bank.  I’m on a teacher’s salary so every penny saved is a blessing.

Disclaimer: The FTC requires me to tell you that I am a brand ambassador for Central Arkansas McDonald’s.  All opinions are my own.

mcCafe McDonald's Coffee

The Bald Knob McDonald’s is just a few blocks from my school and it is right on my way to work.  I run through the drive-thru at least once a week to pick up a cup of coffee. I have bus duty on Tuesday mornings and it really helps me through the often cold mornings if I have a cup of hot coffee in my hand.

McDonald's Arabica beans


McDonald’s coffee doesn’t just taste good, they are doing great things around the world with the McCafe beverages. After all, there’s more in that cup than McCafe!

Here are seven things you need to know about McDonald’s Coffee:

  1. McDonald’s is buying certified (and verified) coffee.
    100% of the espresso used in the US is purchased from Rainforest Alliance Certified Farms.  As of 2012, about 25% of all their coffee purchases globally came from Rainforest Alliance Certified™, Fair Trade USA or UTZ Certified farms.  They are working on increasing this percentage worldwide.
  2. McDonald’s is investing in farmer training.
    McDonald’s USA and McDonald’s Canada has invested over $6 million in farmer training programs.
  3. McDonald’s supports small-holder farms in Guatemala.
    Through collaboration with TechnoServe and the Sustainable Commodities Assistance Network, McDonald’s has helped to train over 13,000 farmers in Guatemala and Central America.
  4. McDonald’s helps to strengthen local communities surrounding the farms.
    By helping farmers, McDonald’s is able to help strengthen local economies thus helping to increase the livelihood of individuals throughout the region.  This also helps to ensure that the coffee products will continue to be available from these regions for a long time to come.
  5. In the US, McDonald’s uses 100% Arabica coffee beans.
    Arabica beans are typically sweeter with a softer, fruitier taste than Robusta beans.  Most super market coffee is made from Robusta beans.  Arabica beans are a little more difficult to grow and are typically more expensive than Robusta beans.  Arabica beans take several years to come to maturity but produce more beans per plant when they do.
  6. McDonald’s coffee tastes good.
    McDonald’s has over 20 items on it’s McCafe menu.  They all taste great.  In fact, if given the choice over other brands, I would choose McDonald’s coffee drinks every single time.
  7. McDonald’s coffee is affordable.
    A medium cup of McCafe is less than $1.50. The McCafe specialty drinks like the Cafe Mocha and the Cafe Latte are all under $3 each for a medium. The even come topped with whipped cream and the appropriate chocolate or caramel drizzle. You could easily purchase a McCafe drink five days a week for a fraction of the cost of purchasing at other leading competitors.

McDonald’s McCafe drinks are great and have a great purpose. Head on over to McDonald’s today and pick one up. You won’t regret it!

My favorite McCafe drink is the medium coffee with four cream. It’s how I like to start my day. What’s your favorite?

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21 thoughts on “7 Things You Need to Know About McDonald’s McCafe

  1. Very interesting. I had no idea about any of this! Given these facts and the affordability I would choose McDs over Starbucks next time. Thanks!

  2. Very interesting. I had no idea about any of this! Given these facts and the affordability I would choose McDs over Starbucks next time. Thanks!

  3. I have always loved McD’s coffees the best and far better than Star Bucks. Seriously, I never knew any of this so thanks for sharing.

  4. I have always loved McD’s coffees the best and far better than Star Bucks. Seriously, I never knew any of this so thanks for sharing.

  5. That’s all nice, but the number one thing that guides me where to purchase coffee is the taste, and McDonald’s tastes like dirt. Without quality tasting coffee (and preparation) it is never going to be a success. Sometimes I think that leadership in companies are completely clueless about the basics.

    1. Hey, John! Thanks for your comment and I’m super bummed that you don’t like McDonald’s coffee! I personally love it but feel the same way about some other coffees out there that taste yucky and burnt to me. Find what makes you happy! At least for those of us who love McDonald’s coffee, we can also feel good knowing that good comes from drinking that $1 cuppa! Cheers and thanks for reading and commenting!

  6. I agree! McCafe is great! I was so happy to find out that Walmart sells it in a large can at a very affordable price. Though I have not been able to get my coffee to taste as good as McDonald’s…it is still good! And I must also agree about the comment on Starbucks or should I say Charbucks! The coffee tastes burnt!

  7. Starbucks coffee is garbage, even the blonde roast at starbucks which is supposed to be a light blend sucks. Wawa coffee is pretty good but you have to go into the store, make it yourself and deal with lines, I mean its really not a big deal to go into wawa but still on a rainy cold day hmmm?. Dunkin donuts has very good coffee but the price is insane, I love how Dunkin donuts has a 24 ounce cup of coffee but i’m not willing to play close to $2.50 for it. This brings me to McCafe first of all the price is right for a 20 ounce cup of coffee I pay $1.34 which is cheaper then anywhere else.The coffee tastes amazing it BLOWS AWAY Starbucks, It Beats Wawa and Dunkin Donuts is a close 2nd. McCafe is the winner in all catagories!!!!!!!! I’ll drink coffee at mcdonalds all day long now just work on cleaning up the meat in your burgers (maybe grassfed fresh beef) ya its more expensive but id gladly more for a healthy burger and i’d eat there 2-3x a week as opposed to not eating there at all now. A+ for coffee D for food.

  8. To be honest, I never thought much of the McCafe… but those 7 notes are really eye opening. I never thought of it. I’ve had it every now and then but it’s good to know where they’re investing and getting their coffee beans from. I may just give it a second chance.

  9. I go to McDonalds almost every day.Love their cold and hot coffee drinks also crab a breakfast sandwhich a couple times weekly, love the grilled bacon ranch salad with grilled chicken for a quick reasonably priced lunch
    Should always check the app for day deals

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