I was jonesing for fries today, so I went to my local McDonald’s and had lunch. I thought I would bring the new coffee home for my mother to try. Incidentally, my McDonald’s is two doors down from the Starbucks.
I did some people watching while I ate. A couple of families eating quietly with young children. Some older folks having coffee and talking football. It was very low key. I thought that compared to Starbucks, this was a much nicer place to read a book and drink hot chocolate. If the hot chocolate is any good.
I like hot chocolate from Starbucks because it isn’t as sweet as the stuff that comes from the machines. I order it with skim milk and no whipped cream. Will McDonald’s let me go all high maintenance like that? The answer is Yes.
I wondered because McDonald’s has made a science of reducing the “time to served”. The sign on the wall of my store said Target: 34, which I presume means 34 seconds from the end of the order to the time the food is delivered. How does McCafé factor in to that?
Cost: The medium hot chocolate was $2.39 and the medium mocha was $2.79. Compared to $3.00 and $3.50 or so from Starbucks.
The Verdict: The mocha had more chocolate syrup than seemed necessary, but the coffee was strong. The hot chocolate was sweeter than I prefer. It occurs to me that the staff is probably still learning how to prepare this stuff. But to have a quiet place to have a drink and read…and give the business to McDonald’s? I am perfectly happy.