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.
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 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:
- 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.
- McDonald’s is investing in farmer training.
McDonald’s USA and McDonald’s Canada has invested over $6 million in farmer training programs.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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