Coffee Smackdown: "Consumer Reports magazine said today that in a test conducted at two locations of each emporium, its tasters found McDonald's coffee to be 'decent and moderately strong' with 'no flaws.' On the other hand, the Starbucks brew 'was strong, but burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open.'
The March issue of the magazine, due out Monday, thus advises, 'Try McDonald's, which was cheapest and best.'
Actually, not all that much cheaper. McDonald's now charges $1.35 for what the magazine considers a 'medium' sized cup of Joe. Starbucks gets $1.55 for about the same size cup. But of course, McDonald's has yet to offer half-cap lattes and it's hard to imagine Ronald in basic barista black.
Other fast-food coffees in the test included those from Burger King ('tasted more like hot water') and Dunkin' Donuts ('inoffensive').
No matter how much McDonald's revels in its win of the taste test, the company might be hard-pressed to use it in promotions. Consumer Reports, which takes no advertising, strictly prohibits companies from using its findings in ads."
I would pay the extra $.20 for the atmosphere (setting aside that Starbucks employees are paid better and have healthcare coverage). I do like McDonald's though.