Disclosure: I have received compensation from McDonalds Canada for creating this post. Opinions, like my coffee obsession, are my own.
You already know I love McCafe’s brewed coffee, but from time to time (usually when it’s time to use my free coffee card, haha, I’m so ‘frugal’), I want something a bit more fancy; that’s when I get into their espresso-based drinks.
I already liked the McCafe espresso, so I was curious as to how they could make it better. I was recently invited to attend a cupping event where I would learn just that. The new blend features beans sourced from Central and South America and now Indonesia as well. The 100% Arabica beans used are all grown sustainably on Rainforest Alliance Certified farms, which is wonderful.
The addition of the Indonesian beans resulted in a blend that is just a wee bit more smooth and earthy. It truly is a high-end blend and easily ranks among the best in the country.
“Specialty coffee lovers across the country have told us they want an authentic and more sophisticated espresso blend – and we’ve listened. We’ve sought out a new espresso bean blend, introduced state-of-the-art Swiss equipment into our restaurants to deliver consistently satisfying lattes, cappuccinos and specialty coffee that is the perfect balance of rich espresso taste and creamy smooth and frothed milk. – Anne Parks, McCafé Menu Director, McDonald’s Canada
Our tasting experience then moved on from espressos to cappuccinos and lattes.
At this time, those drinks are all made with standard dairy. I asked when options like almond, soy or lactose-free dairy would be available and was told it would vary by location (they would need a separate machine for each variety).
I hope those of us who need options to dairy will let our McCafe owners know; if the demand is there, I’m sure it will come. Until then, espressos and Americanos for me… and that’s totally okay, I’ll get by.
Along with beverages, McCafe Bakery selections were available. I gotta say, this low carb girl was TEMPTED! I had enjoyed one of their croissants (made in France and baked fresh in-store) before going grain-free and it was delicious, and I’m a bit of a croissant snob. Also highlighted were their brownies, which are gluten-free and made by Toronto’s famous Dufflet bakery.
Have you had a fancy schmancy McCafe espresso-based beverage lately? What’s your go-to hot beverage? Would you pair it up with a pastry, brownie or do you prefer your caffeine straight up?