Thursday, August 13, 2009

Chain Coffee Competition

Slate recently put coffee from McDonald's, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks to a taste test. Though I prefer good coffee from local or independent coffee shops, I can sometimes appreciate knowing to some degree what you're going to get when you walk into one of the chains when you are anywhere else. With these three, I'd rank Dunkin Donuts first, followed by Starbucks and, as I recently discovered, McDonald's a distant last.

These places are about finding something serviceable: Dunkin Donuts is mild and a bit watery - coffee for wimps; Starbucks used to be bitter and burnt - coffee for angry people who don't like to be awake in the morning - but it seems to have switched to something smoother, more manageable and less offensive; and McDonald's is just not drinkable - coffee for people who don't actually like coffee.

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