Tag Archive 'mccafe'

Her Majesty’s Greatest Sell-Out?: Oprah throws Australia’s coffee drinkers under the McBus

Posted by TheShot on 06 Dec 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

We love a good dose of sarcasm now and then. We’ve also been known to slag on McCafés while praising the coffee standards in Australia. So we had to highlight this sarcastic gem from Australia’s The Punch today: G’day from the McCafe…. Have a nice day! | Article | The Punch. Apparently Oprah Winfrey is […]

Trip Report: McDonald’s Espresso

Posted by TheShot on 07 Sep 2009 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew, Machine, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

For the better part of a year, a running gag from the casual coffee lovers who know me is to ask, “So have you tried McDonald’s espresso yet? How does it rate?” Mostly they ask as a curious, sick joke — knowing that I subject myself to the worst kinds of coffee punishment. But now […]

Hate the Bauer, love the coffee

Posted by TheShot on 25 Jun 2009 | Filed under: Local Brew, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

It’s tough to be a newspaper man these days. Having run out of tiresome video game and comic book themes, they’re now making Hollywood movies out of bloggers. It seems that anyone with a Twitter account can also get a book deal — ironically celebrating the very media format it supposedly deems irrelevant. So we […]

(Old) news of the week; ”Coffee mania” floods Kyiv

Posted by TheShot on 11 Apr 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Starbucks

What a strange newsweek it’s been in the coffee world. The best way to characterize it?: What’s old is suddenly new again. Tuesday we had Starbucks’ latest cry for attention/help/suicide prevention with their mysterious “04.08.08”-on-a-lame-paper-cup campaign. Essentially, the publicity stunt announced the launch of their “new” Pike Place Roast and a “new” return to the […]

McDonald’s coffee bars to take on Starbucks

Posted by TheShot on 07 Jan 2008 | Filed under: Barista, Café Society, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

One of the worst-kept secrets of the past few years is that McDonald’s has been trying to get into the espresso business. Today, news services such as Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that McDonald’s plans to launch coffee bars with the new employee position of “barista”: McDonald’s coffee bars to take on […]

Espresso now comes express at McDonald’s – Or: The McCafé idea is new if it’s new to you

Posted by TheShot on 13 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee

In the “who just can’t let a failed idea die” contest between McDonald’s McCafé and the Sony Mini-Disc, McDonald’s seems to be upping the ante along the Central Coast of California: Espresso now comes express at McDonald’s – LompocRecord.com. The strangest part is that the article cites Marcos Salazar, an area supervisor for McDonald’s, as […]

Coffee craze has everyone a bit nuts

Posted by TheShot on 28 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends

Yesterday’s Washington Post ran an article that pretty much embodied everything I despise about coffee: Coffee craze has everyone a bit nuts – Family Times – The Washington Times, America’s Newspaper. It’s the focus on all the sizzle and none of the steak. Apparently, few of us want to hear about what it takes to […]

McDonald’s tests specialty coffee waters

Posted by TheShot on 16 Aug 2006 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Restaurant Coffee, Starbucks

McDonald’s fell in love with the foreign smell of money brewing when their switch to premium coffee helped boost their sagging top line. Although McDonald’s is still stinging from their McCafé failures in recent years, apparently they are ready to strike out again — testing out espresso production and other specialty coffee drinks at six […]

McDonald’s CEO says recent coffee sales have ‘skyrocketed’

Posted by TheShot on 17 Apr 2006 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues, Starbucks

McDonald’s Corporation’s financial vital signs have kept worried investors up at night in recent years. Lacking same-store growth momentum, McDonald’s managed to find growth overseas … until international markets started to quickly saturate. McDonald’s has been making death rattle noises on the retail fast food market ever since. McDonald’s slowly recognized that they were losing […]