Has McDonalds McCafe coffee changed?

by James
(Houston , Tx)

McCafe coffees at your local supermarket.

McCafe coffees at your local supermarket.


QUESTION:

My wife and I used Folgers for years then the taste changed. We tried several other with the same results and we're always less than satisfied.

The one coffee we did like was MacDonald’s and when it became available as a k-cup and then ground it was just like the McCafe coffee.

Now the problem... we purchased coffee recently and the unique taste and quality is gone. We tried going to MacDonald’s... same bad taste.

It seems providing a good product just did not match MacDonald’s or Heinz corporate goals. What happened?


ANSWER:

James, hi

Sorry to hear about your favorite McCafe coffee.

As for what happened, I think you’ve already guessed. Bulk coffee producers are using cheaper and cheaper beans to make their coffees.

This is true of all the big names, like Maxwell House, Folgers and now MacDonalds.

We already have a very lively discussion on this site about how Maxwell House is no longer “good to the last drop”.

In part this is all about these companies getting greedy and trying to make as much money as possible.

The other side of the story, which we don’t much like to talk about, is that as consumers we demand low prices. In North America in particular we are used to inexpensive coffee.

Our insistence of a “good deal” puts pressure on companies to keep prices down.

So in a sense, we’re all to blame.

All that said, if you really want good coffee, and are prepared to pay a little more, there are a ton of roasters out there producing some wonderful coffees.

Check out our gourmet coffee page, and our coffee reviews page.

I hope this goes some way towards answering your question!

Best wishes,

Nick

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Nov 22, 2020
Who changed our precious cup of coffee!?
by: Count Coffula

Anyone have the number or address to the prick that changed our precious cup of coffee!? I cannot believe that this has happened! I am really upset about this because I made a cup for my friend and she loved it (from the old version) and she went and bought a box because she loved it also, then I get a call and she thought that I was up to something. So... I started my investigation and opened a new 100 pod box from Walmart and OMG I was freekin fueled! It tastes chemical and nothing like our beloved cafe we need. Girls and guys, let’s vote on this crap with our wallets! Everyone and I mean everyone post crap about the new version and don’t you dare buy anymore until we get the prick that thinks that this was cute.
Count Coffula

Nov 18, 2020
mc cafe not carried in my local walmart anymore?
by: Anonymous

my local walmart dosent carry mc cafe amymore, kinda wondering why? nowhere to be found on the shelfs!

Nov 14, 2020
Bitter Taste
by: Anonymous

I used to look forward to sitting down and enjoying a good cup of coffee. McCafé has always been so good and now it has without a doubt the most horrible taste. I have always bought the box of 100 and now I will no longer be buying it. I can tell a big difference in the taste. They may say they changed the packaging and you still have the same great taste but that is not true. Too bad that you are losing customers but I won’t be buying this product anymore. Gotta find something else.

Oct 27, 2020
IT'S DECEPTION NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT
by: Anonymous

I now understand that McCafe coffee is now changed to a new, inferior blend of coffee beans. But, they're still charging the same price for such inferiority. That's deceptive on one hand, for not being forthright in informing consumers about this change and not adjusting the price accordingly (downward), which is plain greed, on the other hand. Shame on you, McDonald's!

Oct 26, 2020
Suddenly Bad Coffee
by: David

With the Pandemic if have had a small pleasure where i drive through the local McDonalds in Clio Mi- just noticed their Cappuccino went bad - tested a couple of other local and they all have lost their former Great Taste. I have sent a note to McDonalds about my displeasure and also sent them a link to this thread. I would pay more for the good coffee I am not a fan of everything is about price. Maybe the warehouses that provide the coffee for McDonalds just got caught up to the poor coffee but it is definitely in this area now.

Oct 24, 2020
McCafe Decaf changed in a bad way!
by: Anonymous

McCafe Decaf has no nice aroma or flavor anymore!
Can someone please recommend a comparable medium roast 100% arabica ground decaf?
Dunkin Decaf is ok but not as good as McCafe used to be before it became flavorless. Sad!

Oct 23, 2020
Keurig McCafe Sucks
by: Bill

McCafe Medium Roast has been our go-to coffee for 10-15 years. Green Mountain/Keurig's acquisition of the brand ruined it. The new McCafe tastes of cardboard box and baking soda - like most of Green Mountain's lousy brands.

Oct 18, 2020
I’m disappointed Yet again
by: Anonymous

I was hoping against all hope that they wouldn’t ruin the great rich taste of McCafe ground. But when I saw the label change I had a sinking feeling that was what they did. Flowers was by far the best coffee back a few years ago then I was drawn to tasters choice then they messed that one up now they’ve gotten to McCafe. I’m so bummed. Now I’m in search of a good cup of coffee until they attack that one.

Oct 18, 2020
Mc Cafe YUCK!
by: Anonymous

I thought it was me. It now has a medicinal finish taste to it like Folgers , yuk, I can't drink it. I call it factory coffee. Chemical coffee flavored sawdust.
It was never the greatest but I always enjoyed a cup of Mac's coffee in the morning. It had a certain something and it was consistent if you traveled state to state.

Oct 13, 2020
What the heck!
by: Anonymous

Was at the mall in Winnipeg Manitoba and had not had McDonald’s coffee in a long while.
Didn’t feel like paying big bucks on coffee so I asked the
wife to get two cups of coffee from McDonald’s.
First it usually is freaking hot.
It was barely hot enough to enjoy.
Than the taste,WTF!!!
What is this I asked her.
It was a pale gross shadow of it’s former self.
For goodness sake’s charge a quarter more a cup.
No one who liked the old stuff will drink the new swill!

Oct 08, 2020
McCafe French Roast Off
by: Mike (Houston)

I've noticed a big drop off in taste from recent 12 oz ground coffee.

I have been drinking Seattle Best, Post Alley and came back to McCafe, Big mistake,

Some fancy MBA's have won again to save a nickel and destroy long-term name quality.

Sep 30, 2020
I thought it was me!
by: Melissa

I’m so glad I found this thread as I was googling what may be going on with my Keurig to make my coffee taste so bad suddenly. I’ve loved the McCafé and I thought Amazon sent the wrong kind since not not only did it look different but it tastes so bitter. I bought a box of light roast McCafé from Walmart thinking that may be the problem but no, horrible!! What have others moved onto now that is similar to the old McCafé?

Sep 28, 2020
Not the Same
by: Anonymous

I have been buying McCafe K cups since they came out. It was my only go to coffee. Just got another box that says new look same taste. It is NOT! I thought maybe a couple bad k cups, but they all are like that. Just taste like weak old coffee! Just for grins I went to the dollar store and got a box of the old packaging. Same great taste I was used to! I guess I have to start looking for another favorite. This happened several years ago with Donut Shop Coffee. I really liked it, then one day, new packaging and it was horrible. Figured a bad batch, got another box elsewhere, nope, still horrible! Then to find out it was sold out to another company. On my quest for another!

Sep 27, 2020
McDonald's coffee
by: GEORGE

If you enjoy flavorless, musty,tastless coffee, you must visit McDonald's and enjoy their improved bad brew

Sep 22, 2020
Mcdonald's new Coffee
by: Anonymous

Yes they've changed it so now I don't go in.
It just tastes week and watered down. Sometimes I would eat there to, but now they've cheapened the Coffee I don't bother.

Sep 17, 2020
New look mccafe kcups are terrible tasting!
by: Anonymous

Yuck! Iam a coffee lover.I use mccafe premium roast cups. I recently purchased a new box and noticed the packaging is different. I just opened the new box a d made a cup. It's horrible. Sad thing is I bought the box of 100 cups. Why did they change it? I loved the old coffee. I will not purchase this again.

Sep 12, 2020
McDonalds new coffee
by: Merria

I agree with all the above complaints re: the new flavor & aroma being made by Keurig-Green Mountain. It sucks. I sent a complaint to corp. headquarters of McDonalds a few months ago and today received two coupons for their coffee - made by Green Mountain. Don't they get the message?? I definitely will not buy any more of their coffee. What a shame. McDonald's will continue to lose business over this.

Sep 10, 2020
Hello...wonder why your sales are down!
by: Anonymous

Used to be that my Walmart couldn't keep up with McCafe demand, now shelves are always full of the new cans that no one wants to purchase. Take advise from "ALL previous McCafe drinkers"....PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE switch back to the old recipe... "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" applies.

Sep 09, 2020
Yuk!
by: Anonymous

First day of in school here. I have cut down on my coffee consumption. Thought I would give myself a treat with yummy McD coffee. OMG. What disgusting coffee. They should just quit selling coffee if they’re unwilling to go back to the old. I believe profits would increase if they went back to the old even at the same price. I wonder how many pots they throw out. Didn’t they learn anything with the "New Coke"?

Sep 07, 2020
WTF
by: Anonymous

Terrible coffee.....Been buying Egg McM and coffee x2 for years. Thought I just got a bad cup on the road and my home McD is just as bad if not worse. Are you guys crazy....off to some other breakfast stop.

Sep 02, 2020
Yuck 🤢 it’s horrible!
by: GmaPeg

The package yes but the smell when you open the coffee all thway to the first sip is horrible. I won’t pay for it anymore and will be looking for another. So sad McCafe was a wonderful smell and taste to just enjoy! 🤮

Aug 30, 2020
Old McDonald's coffee
by: Joanne W

I want McDonald's to go back to the original coffee beans that made their coffee so delicious karma I would have bought their coffee over any other coffee even Starbucks. Now it has no distinct flavor its character is bland

Aug 30, 2020
Nasty McDonald's Coffee
by: Anonymous

We went through McDonald's drive thru to get coffee this morning. I haven't had it in years. Only today because our frig went out and we had no creamer. It was horrible. It smelled burnt. They added the cream and sugar before handing it off . Not sure when that started but I highly prefer adding my own. The "coffee" was horrid, bitter with an awful lingering aftertaste. Thin even with cream so the cream must be cheap too. Mouth feel of water. Complete waste of money. Store brand made with a basic Mr Coffee pot is better than this.

Aug 29, 2020
Best Coffee
by: Bob Coffee bean

If you want a great cup of coffee, buy Newmans Organic, it's the same as Mc Donalds use to sell, like tony the tiger says IT'S GREAT

Aug 23, 2020
New McD's coffee sucks
by: Bill

We have been buying Kraft managed McD's Premium since it came out. Now that Kurig has taken it away from Kraft, the new packaging and "new" ground Premium Medium Roast tastes like a Robusta blend of inferior beans - flat and a distinct paper-bad musty-ness. This move has ruined our morning coffee...

Aug 16, 2020
The best has become the worst
by: Anonymous

Why anyone would change what taste test have consistently to be the best tasting coffee is beyond me. Whoever did that should be fired. I use to go there in the morning for coffee but bought my last one this morning.

Aug 10, 2020
McCafe Cups HORRIBLE
by: Anonymous

I too am experiencing such a horrible change in the McCafe KCups. I finally called them today. At first I thought it was me because I recently had some sinus surgery. The taste was horrible and I could not get it out of my mouth for hours. Then I thought it was my three year old coffee maker. I cleaned it out good and the coffee was still horible. Tasted like burned plastic or something terrible. I threw my coffee maker away and ordered a new Kuerig. New Kuerig came and I cleaned it all out and still the McCafe coffee is horrible. They are refunding me for the two boxes of 100 Kcups from Sam's and I did not ask for this but they must know there is something wrong. I am going to run by the store tomorrow and buy another brand to see if it tastes better. What has happened to this wonderful coffee?

Aug 07, 2020
Super bad
by: jitterbugsandy

I just bought my first bag of McCafe premium roast coffee and could not drink it. My son says that your suppose to put a spoonful in cold water and drink it cold because the bag does not say to heat. I know better just for the fact where it was in the store. To get rid of it I decided to put my starbucks in a keuric cup, then some McCafe, then finish off with starbucks on top and brew. I still can't drink it. People say I'm too picky about my coffee as my Gaggia is broke so maybe it's me. It's awful. So sorry.

Aug 07, 2020
Very disappointing here in Oz
by: Anonymous

McDonald's coffee has definitely changed. The last few times we have been there it has been bitter and tasteless - even burnt.I've tried a few different coffees but all undrinkable.

Jul 30, 2020
It's not just ME!
by: Anonymous

I have been buying McDonald's McCafe Medium roast for a few years. Last can I opened smelled like motor oil. The taste was awful, too. Bought another can at a different store with the same experience. What on earth? Charge more but don't think I will buy this! I wrote McDonalds. I hope they get the message. :(

Jul 05, 2020
BAD COFFEE
by: Anonymous

McDonald’s coffee is not good anymore it’s just taste like dark water I used to love it and go there everyday, what happened , rise the price if you have to but why ruin a good thing!!!!!! HOPE YOUR LISTENING MCDONALDS,

Jul 03, 2020
Yup, it's nowhere near the same
by: Bart V

I started noticing the diff a couple of months ago with their lattes, a weird taste.
Now their regular coffees taste the same weirdly flavored, kinda bitter and definitely not coffee-flavoured.
Back to Timmie's it is :(((

Jul 02, 2020
the worst
by: Anonymous

Had a 3 day drive a couple of months ago and thought I'd be fine grabbing breakfast and coffee at McDonalds. (I used to get coffee there all the time and it wasn't the best but it was tasty!) Holy bean what have they done!? I thought maybe it was a fluke... 3 states later, I decided it was not. I mean, the absolute worst coffee I've ever had. Tasted like they dumped an ashtray in the water.

Jun 30, 2020
And down the drain it goes.
by: Anonymous

I start out the day everyday through the drive thru with my warm and delicious cup of McDonalds coffee. WHAT DID YOU DO! I am terribly disappointed as I thought at first they were not adding enough cream or Splenda. Finally today after two weeks of barely being able to drink it and then finally pouring down the drain at work "hope it does not eat through the drain" I started thinking they had changed the coffee. It is terribly bitter. Found this site and was shocked to see that they had changed it. Oh well I guess it will save me between 75.00 to 100.00 a month. Signed
Terribly disgruntled Coffee Lover

Apr 03, 2020
So upset
by: Anonymous

Used to pick up a McDonalds coffee every day before work. People laughed at me. But over the years I converted a lot of people. Thrilled when the started to sell beans. The coffe was the usual until last month when it was a cup of very bitter coffee. They have lost me so disappointed.

Feb 29, 2020
Mc Cafe
by: Anonymous

Wao! I’m not the only one !
I know a little about coffee and the science involves to make good coffee. A while ago Searching for good coffee try Mc Cafe and it was absolutely great ! Now is horrible!
What happened! People pay for quality coffee. The new Mc café is the worst now . Mc Donald’s you guys can say you used to have good cofffee , NOT anymore !!!

Feb 28, 2020
New branding on McDonald’s coffee or different blend?
by: Anonymous

Just bought a new box of McDonald’s coffee 100% ethically sourced now on the box. It is absolutely terrible. Very bitter and leaves a bad after taste. Very disappointing, is there more than one kind?

Feb 27, 2020
Odd taste
by: Don K

Recently purchased three boxes of the coffee these are dated Best Buy 15 November 2020, and it taste completely different almost can’t drink it compared to coffee that I purchased that has a Best Buy date of 29 July 2020,

Feb 01, 2020
McDonalds Coffee not the same...at all
by: glenn

Used to love McDonald's coffee. Best cup of coffee for the price anywhere. Then suddenly, it no longer tasted the same...at all. Taste more like warm water. Very disappointing. I just emailed my comments to the McDonalds I used to go to in order to let them know.

Jan 27, 2020
My McDonald’s coffee
by: Anonymous

Lately I have noticed a change in the flavour and the strength of the coffee that I buy from McDonald every single morning and this has been ongoing for almost 4 months now
First started to taste like too much roasted and strong and bitter
Then and recently it’s getying so watery and very like taste like nothing very light
For two days in a row now I go down and ask them to replace it thinking it might be old even though it is a very busy location
Unfortunately it tasted the same making me to empty it in the sink
Don’t feel angry yo geymy morning coffee any more ☹️

Dec 23, 2019
Coffee
by: Anonymous

Yes, I use to love going to Mc's for the premium coffee they use to sell. When they changed their menu and all drinks became $1 including the coffee, I was absolutely finished with their coffee. Now they want sell coffee for people to make at home. Nope!

Dec 19, 2019
Our favorite coffee ? .?
by: Patricia

I at one time would never go into McDonald, someone offered me a McD's coffee when they were offering their new coffee free. I could. not believe how good it was. Told all my friends.
We all switched from all the restaurants wine had tried, even the 'speciality coffee shops, theses coffees were awful. I rembered the lovely coffee I had in Vancouver -Murchies Mocha Java.. Used to buy it here in Terrace, but it is no longer available and I had been trying to get a comparable coffee..McDonalds used to be The One! But no more. It iss bitter and leaves a bitter taste in your mouth. My daughter complained that she got a stomach ache lately when we had our morning McDs. Now we know why P L E A S E GO BACK TO YOUR FORMER BLEND.

Dec 17, 2019
It’s not the coffee, it’s this...
by: Anonymous

I used to go to McDonalds for their coffee almost daily. Didn’t care for much else on the menu but their coffee was up there with some of the best. I like a good strong coffee with some Splenda and a couple of their little tubs of cream.

What did it for me was McDonalds thought it was wasteful and one by one the franchises switched from the shelf stable creamers to the kind in the dispensers that need refrigeration.
The taste is totally different.

I started searching McDonalds wherever I traveled and if they still used the shelf-stable little tubs, I was guaranteed a good cup of coffee. If they are using the creamer from the dispenser, I don’t even bother to try it anymore. Too many failed cups.

Now that all of the McDonalds I go to have only the cream dispensers I don’t go there for coffee at all.

Dec 15, 2019
Same bad in Australia
by: Anonymous

It used to be good although I don’t buy coffee from MacDonald. But last time when I bought it, it tasted so terrible and I threw it into bin. Later I tried it in a different shop, same terrible.

Dec 11, 2019
Same Problem in Australia
by: Anonymous

My wife and I usually go to McDonalds daily for a coffee and it was very nice. Recently it changed and now it tastes burnt and very bitter.

Dec 11, 2019
IM OUT
by: Anonymous

People MacDonald's coffee was the best, and now it is at the bottom, it is terrible, i will never go to MacDonalds again they have lost me and many others, your profits will be going down ecause you screwed us. If you want a great cup of coffee people buy Newman's Organic and all the profits go to charity, it is a great full tasting coffee. MA DONALDS YOU STINK

Dec 10, 2019
McDonald’s coffee too weak now
by: Anonymous

I recently purchased McDonald’s and discovered that it tasted like hot water. I tried a different location with the same result. I recommend to not waste your money...it is a rip-off. I threw out the second weak cup and went to a competitor!

Nov 30, 2019
Price gouge
by: Brian

Not only does the coffee taste weak but the price is for a medium is 1.29 to 1.75 depending on the location. I stopped for coffee at two different locations within 5 miles of each other, medium cup at one location 1.40 and second location 1.75.

Nov 11, 2019
McDonald’s Coffee Canada
by: Anonymous

Our office purchases McDonald’s coffee several times everyday and have notice a change over the past week. The coffee is bitter and does not taste the same. Very disappointing. I hope they return to their previous brand if they have switched or it’s back to the competitor.

Nov 11, 2019
Bad coffee
by: Dee

Terrible coffee
Won't eat breakfast there again
Lunch isn't the same with bad coffee

Nov 01, 2019
Your coffee is like dish water, new coffee STINKS
by: Bob P

My wife and i always stopped at McDonalds on the weekends when we would go out for a ride, we would get a large coffee and a few egg McMuffins, NO MORE you changed the coffee ( newmans ) To toilet water coffee, We are done going to McDonalds For anything, are relationship is over, now i will go to Dunkin Doe. im not crazy about their coffee, but it is alot better then what your serving

Oct 26, 2019
Blaming the Consumer=Copout
by: Avid Coffee Drinker

While we do demand cheaper goods, corporations regularly cheap out for a larger profit and charge us the same price as before, but with worse ingredients.

Oct 25, 2019
Horrible
by: Ty

I purchased coffee this morning, I could not believe they actually charged money for Brown Water!

Oct 24, 2019
yuck
by: Anonymous

Bitter / burned with citrus flavor notes that were not there before. Like others I was really enjoying the New coffee they brought out a few years ago, but last 6_+ months it has been off for me . burned flavor and bitter. I thought maybe this was just bad handling but i guess not..

Oct 21, 2019
Bad taste
by: Anonymous

I used to go to McDonald’s mainly for their fabulous coffee, it was the highlight of many a trip as I don’t live close to a store. However, this August to October I’ve visited 4 McCafés and each one of their coffees tasted weak and burnt, I had to throw them in the bin! The coffee from my local service station is 100% nicer! McDonald’s you’ve lost my business unless you bring back that good coffee. I’m in Australia by the way.

Oct 04, 2019
Gone is McDonalds’ great coffee
by: Joseph

Same here in MA, USA. Avid McDonalds coffee lover and drinker (4 cups a day) for the past few years but no more. The once smooth yet rich in flavor coffee Is now bitter and leaves a bad after taste. Can’t even finish it. I noticed the change happened mid-summer 2019. Hope it comes back even if it costs a bit more.

Sep 18, 2019
Coffee
by: Anonymous

Their coffee tastes like water with a hint of the flavour of coffee. The coffee doesn’t even smell of coffee. It’s a shame because I preferred their coffee over Tim Hortons for a long time. It would be nice to find a company that made a consistent good cup of coffee but I think the only one that does that is myself.

Sep 16, 2019
PLEASE BRING BACK OLD COFFEE FLAVOR
by: Ohiocountrymouse

I use to go ONLY to McDonalds for coffee everyday while on the job. Was in Texas on vacation bought a cup and after 2 sips out it went.
When got hm to Ohio found out their coffee also had changed for the worse. Now carry thermos of an HEB brand I found and they deliver to my home in Ohio. Great coffee. McDonalds listen up. We don't mind paying more for cup of good standard coffee as long as you don't go crazy and charge Starbuck prices. I'd pay that but really don't like Starbucks too bitter for me because I skip all the sugar stuff.

Sep 14, 2019
McDonalds train wreck
by: Debb

At first I thought it was a specific McDonald's that I rarely visit. The coffee tasted weak and burnt. So I tried two others and I was pissed.what did they do? I don't even stop there anymore. No more business from me if I can't get the good coffee. I bought folgers columbian for home, and I'll be damned if they didn't turn to crap as well.

Sep 10, 2019
It too has changed
by: DanK.

In the 80s and 90s, I was never really a fan of McD's coffee. I drink coffee black, and never thought they're coffee was "all that".
It was just cheap, and hot, but has a flavor that I couldn't put my finger on, I just knew I didn't really like it.
I preferred KK, waffle house and Duncan over it by very far.
In the 2000s, I guess they changed to a more fancy coffee?? Something happened and I liked their coffee. A lot.
Now? like others have stated, it's just not good.
It has no flavor black anymore.


Jul 31, 2019
Frappamochacrappa Updated
by: Anonymous

I wanted to add an opinion to all who suffer from mccafe or dunkn withdrawals. I have found a close substitute to mccafe columbian. If you are like me and enjoy your coffee simple, and black but experienced the "change" of flavor or taste of mccafe or dunkn, whether you are a costco nut or not (way too many people in one bldg. for me) try costco brand. I found costco columbian gave me that... finished kick, or ending flavor that mccafe USED to have. It's not a perfect replacement but I can at least finish my cup of coffee again...

Jul 30, 2019
Really?McDonalds Really?
by: AnonymousAggie

WTF? McDonalds

You had the best Coffee ever I had 2-3M sized coffee from you every day.
Well guess what.
You just lost me.

Look what happened to Tim Hortons when they changed there coffee.

I guess it will happened to you to.

Im out

Bring back your great coffee even if it would cost a bit more I would still pay for it.

Jul 27, 2019
Coffee disgrace
by: Anonymous

McDonald’s Coffee, you’ve gone from the best to the worst!
Shame on you for this product you call coffee.

Jul 26, 2019
I thought it was me!
by: Anonymous

I thought I had lost my taste buds. I truly believe that with the explosion of frappamochacrappa flavored junk, that coffee producers are spending the $$ on where the $$ is at. Someone like me who drinks mine black is now thrown on the back burner and sold the floor sweepings again such like they sold the public in the 50's and 60's until someone realized they could make more money catering to quality coffee lovers. 30 years ago Dunkin Doughnuts had supreme coffee. So did Mcdonalds. I noticed Dunkins downfall about 5-6 years ago, switched to Mcd's columbian until approx 6 months ago. (start of 2019) I started to notice it lost its kick, or finish in the taste dept. I now cant finish a cup of it anymore. I am about to give up on coffee altogether.

May 18, 2019
Soooooo frustrating!
by: D in Texas

I have bought a large coffee through the drive through every morning since I started teaching 11 years ago. I’d often be waiting for the drive through to open at 5am. My morning coffee is the experience that sets the tone for the whole day. I’ve modeled essay writing for my students by discussing the joy I used get from McDonald’s coffee! That rare time it snowed in Texas? Yeah, I pulled over ina neighborhood and took a picture of my cup in the snow. We have a RELATIONSHIP and it’s now heading for divorce :-( each cup used to be perfectly blended, the smoothest medium roast I’ve ever encountered. For the last two years, it’s been different. I’ve stuck with it...hoping. But now that it’s almost $2 a cup, AND they can’t seem to put one cream and three sugars, I’m planning to spend my summer looking for a new brew. I will miss their Christmas cups. I will miss my friends in the drive though. . I don’t do anything for myself, really. Having someone else make my cofffee for me was a wonderful luxury that I haven’t wanted to give up. But it tastes like water. I’d pay Starbucks prices for the old McDonalds coffee, if they had explained the situation and given me the option. Hell, why not offer a "value" coffee and a "premium" coffee? Thanks for building this site because this has bothered me every single morning for the last two school years!!

Apr 19, 2019
Yes it did change, for the worse.
by: Anonymous

Oh yeah, McDonalds unfortunately changed their recipe, it was when they first came out with their gourmet brew it got rave reviews with a lot of reviewers saying it was better than Starbucks, but about a couple of years ago they stopped making that coffee and have now gone to something that's not as good. To bad because I really liked that gourmet coffee, so now I don't buy coffee at McDonalds anymore. Carl's Jr use to make something called Turbo coffee which they never advertised, and the server person had to go the rear of the place and get the coffee from a special brewer and it also tasted great, but they stopped that too about the same time that McDonald's stopped their gourmet coffee.

Mar 27, 2019
I thought it was just me!
by: A random canuck

After looking up if McDonald's coffee changed, I find myself here. Looks like it isn't just my tastebuds or coffee machine finally crapping out on me. McCafé coffee tastes bland and watery. I've only noticed it as of February and thought I had gotten a bad batch or something. Onto a fresh bag now and have tried the pour over method but even that didn't change the taste. Still watery and bitter.
It's a shame. I've been drinking their coffee for a few years now because it was delicious and affordable. I mean I'm no coffee snob but I think folgers and maxwell house are disgusting and they're a lot cheaper. McCafé was my go to and I was fine with paying asking price.
Looks like it's back to sampling different kinds until I find something just as good.

Mar 18, 2019
From best to worst
by: Anonymous

We always stopped at McDonalds for coffee, never again! It’s awful. They are going to loose a lot of business over this huge mismanagement.

Mar 11, 2019
McD coffee has changed for the worse
by: Anonymous

Late 2018 noticed the taste changed.
I’m in SoCal

Mar 05, 2019
McD Coffee
by: Anonymous

I used to buy coffee regularly at McDonald's because the flaver was great, loved it. I now get maybe 1 cup per month. I can get the same taste at home but I always perfered McDonald's. If their going to serve cheap coffee go back to the $1 a drink. Bring back the good coffee

Nov 26, 2018
It is terrible
by: Tom

I've been drinking Mccafe Premium Roast for about 2 years and it was pretty good - relatively smooth with good body and flavor. In the last 4 or 5 months though, it seems every other bag I would get would be very bitter and just have a very unpleasant taste. Adding milk, making it weaker or stronger, trying different hot water temperatures etc did not help. As time has gone on, it seems now nearly every bag that I have tried is like this and it doesn't matter what expiration date it has. I've finally given it up (threw it out) as it just doesn't taste right to me to put it mildly.

It got so bad that a coffee that I normally have never liked the taste of... dunkin donuts original, now tastes great. I have now switched over to it and it not only tastes way better, as in not strangely bitter, but it seems to have a noticeable stronger caffeine kick.

Before I had started using Mccafe, I was using various k-cups. These bothered my stomach a lot so I finally stopped using k-cups and now just brew coffee using a kettle with a cone and #2 filter.

I'm hoping dunkin donuts original stays good for now and does not change from the current bag I have.

Nov 22, 2018
Bad coffee in ND
by: Anonymous

Absolutely loved McDonalds coffee. When we traveled we would always stop, because we new it would taste the same. Now they went and changed the coffee and it is crap. Please being back the good stuff. Now we never go to McDonalds.

Oct 25, 2018
Awful!
by: Michelle

I have been buying and LOVING McD's coffee for years. I love that it doesn't have a strong and burned flavor. Guess what? Now it does! No more morning coffee for me and that means no more breakfasts there. The new coffee tastes horrible and gives me stomach cramps.

Mar 25, 2018
Mac's bad coffee
by: Anonymous

I have gone weekly to MacDonald's for years to get my coffee! But no more their coffee is disgusting! Sorry Mac's I found a new place! It's a Shame on you, MacDonald's, greedy just plain greedy!!!!!

Mar 18, 2018
a look disappointed
by: Anneke and Peter

thought it was just us! we bought 2 large coffees, and returned after drinking some. we did not like it at all! will not go there for coffee anymore , what a stupid thing to do, change the brand of coffee..... NOT ENJOYABLE AT ALL !!!

Mar 12, 2018
McDonald’s Coffee changed
by: Anonymous

McDonald’s Coffee has changed awful taste. I’ve ordered their coffee for years daily.

Mar 11, 2018
McDonald's coffee not the same
by: Anonymous

McDonald's coffee hurts my stomach too. The coffee tastes waxy like and makes me quizzy.

Mar 09, 2018
very dissapointed
by: Anonymous

My wife and I bought a can of McCafe Breakfast blend.
Nothing like we remembered, it was weak and very bitter.
Don’t waste your money on this vile product.
Going to stick with our Community Coffee - good stuff!

Feb 24, 2018
If they serve lousy coffee there is no reason to think anything else they serve is worth a damn
by: Anonymous

McDonald's had the BEST coffee. Just like that they now have the WORST. I used to buy 4 large coffees daily. Since I was already there I'd grab a couple of sandwichs, a fry and maybe an apple pie. My McD's was on Crain Highway in PG County, MD/ I'd pay more for QUALITY coffee. Now, you couldn't give me what they call coffee. It is just lousy. ROCK BOTTOM, watered down and weak coffee. All I read anymore is how McD's was trying to improve their quality to regain the lost market share they have been thru. If you can't serve a good cup of coffee then there is no reason to believe you are really trying to improve in the other areas. After 3 consecutive stops of that lousy coffee, you have lost my business. I was a loyal customer.... So long.

Feb 24, 2018
From the best to the worst ....
by: Al

In MD (Crain Highway store) They went from the best to the WORST. I would buy 4 coffees daily and since coffee was the magnet for me and since I was already there I always added a couple of sandwichs, a fry maybe add a pie. No more. I struck out the last 3 times I went there....It tastes so watered down. I'd rather pay more for better quality. I won't pay anthing for garbage. So sad to see this.

Feb 15, 2018
swill
by: ted

i thought i was loosing my taste buds .mcdonalds used to be my go to coffee at home and when traveling .not any more .i cant believe they could be so stupid .there coffee now is crap ,they have gone from the best to the worst with this stupid move. that they would try to sneak this by there customers is so underhanded ,at least when coke changed it receipt they let there customers know.well good buy mcdonalds you wont see me again

Feb 11, 2018
It's about profits
by: Stu

Noticed the coffee changed in April 2017. I emailed them with my concerns, they said could be plastic piece in coffee maker at store. Checked their website, they're coffee provider is Mother Parkers. It' made the same, machines are the same, so it has to be cheap coffee beans. Stop expecting $1 cups of coffee, get get what you pay for.

Feb 09, 2018
Extremely disappointed
by: Anonymous

I used to absolutely love and rave about McDonald's coffee. Assuming that it was still the Newman's own which was incredibly tasty...much better than Dunkins or Starbucks in my opinion, I bought a cup over an hour ago and am not even half way through. Honestly it tastes terrible and the creamer tastes like canned evaporated milk. Please bring the Newman's brand back. You'll lose a lot more money selling this coffee to cut costs..I'm pretty sure.

Jan 19, 2018
What happened?
by: Cmiller

Keep thinking the next cup will taste better?!?! Yuck 🤢! Just bought another cup. I’m done w their coffee! It used to be so good! Why did they spoil a good thing?!?!

Dec 16, 2017
retired
by: DAVID

Like many others, at first I wondered if it was me! But now others are complaining about the crappy coffee at McDonald's also. AND, to make it even worse, the McD's near me does not keep it hot & fresh with a new batch ever 30 minutes as they are supposed to. Sometimes it is only lukewarm or like varnish from sitting for a long period of time. So they serve crappy coffee that is not fresh - yuck! Now I go elsewhere.

Dec 12, 2017
PLEEZE!!
by: Ann

It used to be wonderful! I'm 80 years old and a cup around 11 am was like magic. I was like a spring chicken, full of energy for another few hours. Now it's awful. I asked the employee if it was my imagination and he said, "no",others were saying the same thing. PLEEZE bring back the old McDonald's coffee!!!

Dec 11, 2017
Bad Kcups & Restaurant
by: Anonymous

What a terrible dissapointment. I thought it was my Kcups. At the second one I knew the batch was bad yesterday. Then we went into torn today. The same experience with the fresh brewed. The taste is horrid and weak. WHY WHY WHY....

Nov 29, 2017
COFFEE AT MCDONALDS IS DEAD
by: SAM

I used to like Mcdonalds coffee and not only because the price was lower than Starbucks but their coffee was good. Last month I started noticing what many of you here noticed their coffee was weak and tasted nothing like coffee. I have asked Mcdonald's to reply as to why the change? I have yet to hear form them, mean time I have no desire to go back and patronize them anymore.

Nov 21, 2017
Bad taste
by: Anonymous

Hi me and my wife always loved a coffee until the last few months when the taste has got a burnt oil taste to it .it's all about money with these companys well we won't be buying anything from them again so here is 2 customers lost well done mcdonalds

Nov 19, 2017
You call this coffee?
by: Jim

I drink black coffee. After 28 years of drinking coffee in the field in the US Army I can just about drink anything. I can't drink the turpentine McDs is giving customers now. WHY WHY?

Nov 11, 2017
Tastes terrible
by: Anonymous

MickeyD's used to be my favorite when I was a truck driver. No matter where I stopped anywhere in this country I was guaranteed of the same great coffee! I quit driving 10 years ago and never really went to McDonalds except rare occasion since then, usually for lunch or diner so I never ordered coffee with my meal. Then about 6 or 8 months ago I stopped for breakfast and drove away, took a sip and yuk! I thought it was a fluke, till the next three times the coffee tasted like motor oil I knew they did something. Now I pass them by and go to Tim Hortons for my coffee and breakfast - now *that's* coffee!

Nov 07, 2017
We still go there - to use their toilet!
by: Anonymous

My wife and I used to enjoy McDonalds coffee, and plan our return trips from our beach house to stop and get a McDonalds coffee.

Now we cant drink it at all. We still go to McDonalds - to use their toilet! Then we buy coffee elsewhere.

I employ over 50 sales reps, and many think the same.

I can only imagine the McDonalds product buyer is a tea drinker.

Would happily pay more for the old coffee.

Oct 27, 2017
I thought it was just ME!
by: Anonymous

I asked a local McD's employee and she informed me the coffee had changed about a year ago. Yup, I thought it was just my taste buds. I am MORE than willing to pay double their current cost of a large cup to go back to the better stuff. Voice your concerns and desire for better coffee a McDonalds
https://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en-us/contact-us.html

Oct 26, 2017
Heartbroken at Micky dees
by: Bill in Canton Ohio

Who is the brain surgeon that thought it was a good idea to make coffee tast this bad? Not only do we not buy the coffee we don't go there at all anymore !
I'm sure that we are not the only ones that think this tastes like left over crap! We are VERY dissipointed in the whole franchise and won't go back

Oct 18, 2017
A disappointing Change
by: Anonymous

I am not one who stops for coffee frequently, but when I do McDonald's was always my "go-to". Not anymore. Their new blend is weak and bland. Time to go back to Dunkin until McDonald's realizes their mistake and brings back the quality java!

Oct 17, 2017
Blaa!!!
by: Anonymous

Used to love McDonald's coffee. Now it tastes so bitter. I thought it was my medication and fish oil supplements. Not so. I did find a McDonald's where they had the original flavored beans. But many other locations purchase the cheaper beans to save money. Bring back the original flavored beans and let us enjoy a good cup of Mcdonald's coffee again.

Oct 16, 2017
Horrible Coffee
by: Ted

Can't drink McDonald's coffee any more. I started getting stomach cramps and diarrhea every time I visited McDonald's. Turns out it is the coffee. Took me a while to realize that. Will have to switch to water when I go for breakfast. Bummer. Not a good move McDonald's....

Oct 03, 2017
Mcafe gone bad?
by: Anonymous

My husband and I loved Mcafe coffee but the last to cans we bought are horrible. I was trying to figure out why. Now i know

Sep 30, 2017
Bad coffee
by: Anonymous

I thought it was just me. There has been a serious decline in the flavor of McDonalds coffee. If you are drinking one of their new coffees with added ingredients, the flavor loss probably won't be noticed. But a plain cup of coffee is weak and tasteless.

Sep 26, 2017
New taste
by: Anonymous

Don't waste your money. The new taste is really bad. Only true coffee lovers would understand.

Sep 11, 2017
Coffee not good anymore
by: Mary

I have enjoyed at least 1 cup of McDonalds daily for years, but not anymore. Itchanged a couple of weeks ago. I've called my local McDonalds to complain, they assured me it's made the same. It has to be the beans then. It's weak and bitter. It's not the same. AWFUL. instead of drinking to the last drop, I'm throwing it out. So disappointing, My go to, every time I left the house, and many times, that was the reason I left the house. Even in bad weather, I went there, because I live close.
Let us know when you get the good stuff back, till then hello Dunkin Donuts, ( I live 20 miles from them). Or now it's home made😰😳😩

Sep 10, 2017
McDonald's coffee has changed
by: Anonymous

Have started my day driving through McDonald's for a cup of coffee every day for years. This week I've thrown away each cup thinking the horrible taste was because I had gotten coffee at the bottom of the pot that had been setting for awhile. Nope, this morning I watched my cup poured from a fresh pot. Won't waste another penny on this terrible coffee!

Sep 06, 2017
flavor change
by: Anonymous

I am SOOOO glad to hear others comment about this! I noticed the change earlier this year and it is horrible. It does taste weak, but that's not the only problem I think. I won't drink it anymore. Dunkin is better. My sister and her friend noticed the change too. My caffeine pills almost have a better flavor!! I emailed McDonald's about the change, but never got a reply. I still like their fries and filet-o-fish. :)

Aug 31, 2017
Less flavor
by: Anonymous

I used to exit the interstate for a large coffee at the Arches, not so much anymore. Maybe my tastes are changing, but it seems weaker in 2017.

Aug 26, 2017
McDonald's Coffee
by: Southpaw Socialite

I used to be a fan of McDonald's coffee. It's awful now...Just. Awful. I discovered the change in taste while visiting family in Tampa. I should've made the drive to Starbucks, eventhough it was farther away. Unless you want to donate money to McDonald's, do not buy coffee because you will toss it out! If they apologize, suggesting they made that batch "wrong" and offer you another cup as a replacement...refuse. Waste of time, waste of money! 👎🏼👎🏼


Jul 11, 2017
McDonalds what have you done!!!
by: JP Silver

I agree McCafe has lost that great flavor. Its not just a strength issue but the flavor has changed to the point where I won't buy it again when my current supply is used up.

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