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Barista Challenge: Mickey D’s vs. Starbucks October 6, 2008

Posted by smooregasbord in Food, General.


If Starbucks isn’t quite your forte, don’t fret, because McDonald’s has your best interest at heart. I offer you McCafe.

McCafe first opened their doors in Australia way back in 1993 and since then more than 300 stores have opened and are generating quit a buzz in Europe and Asia. The first McCafe locations in the US opened in Illinois, and now they are scheduled to spread throughout the US this fall. They’ll be offering a variety of specialty coffee drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas, not to mention assorted teas and pastries. The atmosphere is said to be very much a step up from the fast food joint that we’ve all come to know and love/hate.  They are tauting that you should expect all that Starbucks has to offer, but at a lower price and without the “snobbiness”. Currently, their website does not indicate a launch date for locations in the DC area, but all of their McCafe stores will be open by mid-2009.


1. SoccerGirl - October 7, 2008

I can’t believe it, Raleigh is actually ahead of DC! We’ve had a McCafe here since 2003, although since I’m not a coffee drinker I haven’t tried it, but it seems to be doing pretty well. I’ll take you there though if you’re ever in town 🙂

2. smooregasbord - October 7, 2008

I’m so jealous! While I probably wouldn’t be very willing to give up my snobby Starbucks coffee, I would be willing to give McCafe a try….if we had one.

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