I need to start adding more pics more often.
Anyway, just a quick and dirty post that I’ve been thinking about for a week. I went to McDonald’s the other day in a fit of hungry desperation–usually the only time I darken their doorway. I ordered my usual, which is to say, what I used to order way back when patronizing McDonald’s was not high on the list of crimes against humanity health. 2 Cheeseburger value meal with a Coke.
And for grins I thought I’d ask them to toss in a small mocha, since this was one of the thousands of McD’s now outfitted with a McCafe. You know: market research.
The drink started with what looked like a squeeze bottle of Hershey’s syrup into the bottom of the cup. Then the girl (I dare not extend to her the title “barista” as she was also slinging fries) marked the cup, placed it on the drip tray, pressed three buttons in rapid succession…and walked away. A few seconds later a double shot stream of white began pouring into the cup. Milk. I can only assume there is a hidden milk reservoir inside rather than a plumb line. At any rate I could smell the smell of hot milk and was not enticed. Then, from two separate spouts came the hot brown liquid at the heart of the beverage, the “espresso.”
Four little pour spouts. Interesting.
My drink sat there for another minute until another person walked up, read the cup markings and then pulled out a can of ReddyWhip whipped cream or some such and sprayed it on top, then covered the whole thing with a chocolate syrup crosshatch, lidding it and handing it to me.
The result? Meh. About what you’d expect. I guess I never expect much from the espresso in a mocha anyway. But I could still definitely taste the taste of low altitude in the cup. Overall, not a revolting experience, especially if I weren’t “in the business.”
I thought about trucking it across the street to the Starbucks to do a live side by side comparison; but I’ve drank enough hundreds of Starbucks mochas to remember easily their taste.
Bottom line, although to me Starbucks still makes the best rendition of this silly drink of any big time chain, McDonald’s should not be counted out as a “specialty coffee” player simply by virtue of their huge reach and the fact that, sad to say, Starbucks certainly prepped the ground well for lesser quality knockoffs that the masses wouldn’t mind.
That I’m even including big green and Mickey D’s in the same sentence is testament to how the world has changed. But maybe that’s another post for another day.