- Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’, are all battling for morning coffee customers.
- But which has the best-tasting coffee?
- I tasted a regular coffee, an espresso-based drink, and a frozen coffee drink from each of the three chains.
- Starbucks came out as the overall winner, with the best regular coffee and frozen coffee drink.
- McDonald’s coffee drinks tasted good, but the mocha and caramel frappé didn’t taste how I expected them to.
When it comes to coffee, most people know exactly how they like it: black and scalding hot, syrupy sweet with a swirl of whipped cream, or somewhere in between. Where you get your fix is also a key detail, and in the Dunkin’-Starbucks battle for coffee chain dominance, there are fierce supporters on both sides.
But which chain makes the better coffee, and how do McDonald’s McCafé offerings fare in the mix?
I tried a regular black coffee, a mocha, and a frozen caramel drink from each of the three chains to determine the best in each category and an overall winner.
Here’s how it went down:
First stop: Starbucks.
Oh, Starbucks. I’ve chugged down many a PSL and a selection of their other sweetened espresso beverages throughout my college years, but as my tastes have grown to crave specialty roasts and rich chocolatey syrups (mochas are my go-to coffee drink), my Starbucks visits are much fewer these days.
As I am most familiar with Starbucks’ offerings, I thought it would be a good place to establish a baseline for this taste test.
I ordered a tall Pike Place roast ($1.95), a mocha ($3.75), and a caramel Frappuccino ($3.95).
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