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Mc Cafes opening next week(Cgy)

crigg Apr 3, 2008 01:05 PM

I was there for tyhe coffee this morning and saw the plastic cups-the syrup pumps. I enquired as to hen they would have a mc barista and they said not yet... but within the next few weeks.

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  1. John Manzo RE: crigg Apr 3, 2008 02:22 PM

    I went to one of these in Cologne simply because McD's was one of the only smoke-free places there and the espresso I got was just hilariously bad!

    BUT I also chanced Starbucks today (Brentwood- had had lunch at Captain's Fish n Chips which was actually very good) and it was as bad as ever. My doppio was a 10-second pull when they were supposed to have re-jigged their superautos for something like 20 seconds- it was awful, light blond crema and no body at all, and still that char-broiled edge.

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      aktivistin RE: John Manzo Apr 3, 2008 03:00 PM

      I agree--the coffee is not very good at McCafés. It tastes like regular, watered down McDonald's coffee, only (seemingly in contradiction) more bitter and acrid, and with fancy flavourings.

      However, at the one I visited in Hong Kong, the desserts were surprisingly good. Had a slice of cheesecake: creamy, fluffy, not overly heavy, and definitely fresh. My dad polished off his chocolate cake before I could try any, but it looked moist and tender.

      And maybe it was just Hong Kong, but the McCafé was one of the most well-designed/decorated coffeeshops I've been to. Dramatic lighting, comfortable chairs, gorgeous lit tables, and interesting feature walls and art.

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        crigg RE: aktivistin Apr 3, 2008 04:12 PM

        Well not really a "McCafe" just my local McD's with the drinks added.....

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        Bryn RE: John Manzo Apr 13, 2008 08:05 AM

        it is timed to be 13-17sec and they have long shots now.

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        djdragan RE: crigg Apr 4, 2008 10:27 AM

        Will this just be an add on to all existing McD's? or are they opening separate locations? If so , where is it located?

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          maplesugar RE: djdragan Apr 4, 2008 10:40 AM

          If it's anything like the ones in Vegas they just expand the menus of existing restaurants.

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            crigg RE: djdragan Apr 4, 2008 02:42 PM

            Its an add on so far :) I think they have lattes, frapps and espresso planned

          2. sharonanne RE: crigg Apr 4, 2008 01:46 PM

            Wonder where all their pizza ovens went when that trend died. Maybe they'll buy decent equipment and have a garage sale later.

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              maplesugar RE: sharonanne Apr 4, 2008 07:09 PM

              lol as a teen my first job (aside from babysitting) was at McD's I was there when they installed those ovens. They were quite the sight. :)

            2. maplesugar RE: crigg Apr 11, 2008 12:09 PM

              The McMarketing machine has launched a website: unsnobbycoffee.com

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                aktivistin RE: maplesugar Apr 11, 2008 02:25 PM

                Interesting site. I wonder if truly un-snobby coffee would be called "black coffee plus hot water" for an Americano, or "black coffee plus hot milk" for a latte. I abide by the rule that diner sludge is the real "un-snobby" coffee, "for when you don't care if it's really coffee!"

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                  maplesugar RE: aktivistin Apr 11, 2008 02:33 PM

                  I'm not sure what the Canadian version looks like (site seems to be for Western US) but my gut tells me it's on the same level as Tim Hortons cappucino-drinks. I had the misfortune of taking the kids to the Northland McDs earlier this week(waiting for an oil change on our I-drive-it-only-because-it's-practical minivan) and they have rolled out some sort of coffee drink but I didn't see a barista or sample any of their offerings... I'm curious but they'll never replace the americanos from Artigiano (or even from my Krups for that matter).

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                    John Manzo RE: maplesugar Apr 11, 2008 02:49 PM

                    I have a 15 year old Krups Novo espresso machine that I recently dusted off and cleaned (the grouphead had probably never been cleaned- I didn't know then what I do now) just to see what I could get out it, and I managed a superb couple of shots. Not as good as I get with my $1500 Elektra but MUCH better than at most coffee places.

                    Anyway, thanks for the McCafe links- I actually blogged about this today in re the phenomenon whereby something that's artisanal and the provenance o the aficionado gets co-opted by and for the great unwashed- McCafe is one of the best examples of this as a cultural phenomenon.

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                      fmed RE: John Manzo Apr 11, 2008 03:13 PM

                      McFoieGras sandwiches anyone?

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                        maplesugar RE: John Manzo Apr 11, 2008 03:44 PM

                        There will always be knockoffs, McCafe...well I'll have to reserve judgement but I don't expect they'll be quite like the original. Nevermind what's in the cup, but the atmosphere...won't compare to Artigiano's or even Starbux.

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