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McDonalds vs Starbucks

Updated on October 12, 2014

The Brewing Battle

McDonalds and Starbucks are direct competitors in the coffee market these days. While McDonald's used to be just a place to get cheap fast food, they started offering espresso drinks few years ago, with the launch of the McCafe coffee line in the US. Likewise, the coffeehouse chain Starbucks added more hot breakfast items and heated sandwiches to their menus, as well as drive-thrus to some of their stores.

Both companies offer gourmet coffee drinks, food and snacks, and free wi-fi - but the atmosphere, prices and the taste are different. Where do you go for your cup of coffee? Make sure to share your opinion in the McDonalds vs Starbucks discussion below.

McDonald's Golden Arches.
McDonald's Golden Arches.

McDonald's

McDonald's is the largest fast food chain in the world, operating in 119 countries and serving over 58 million customers every day. Their usual menu includes hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, French fries, salads, soft drinks and desserts.

The company launched a campaign called Unsnobby Coffee back in 2008 when they started expanding in the coffee market. The aim was to offer delicious gourmet retail coffee at a lower price than the competition. McDs added espresso machines to thousands of their locations, and rolled out aggressive ad campaigns for their new coffee offerings. McDonald's also owns the McCafe coffeehouse chain which has stores all over the world.

Online homepage: McDonalds.com

Starbucks logo.
Starbucks logo.

Starbucks

Starbucks is the largest international coffeehouse chain in the world, with about 18,000 stores in more than 60 different countries (source). It is based in Seattle, Washington and was launched on March 30, 1971. Starbucks menu includes various coffee drinks, teas, hot breakfast items, salads, pastries, sandwiches, fruit and more.

The aim of the company seems to be providing a hangout where people come to have a coffee, read a newspaper or browse the net using the free WiFi. However, ater the latest McDonald's makeover in an attempt to offer the same things to their customers, Starbucks might have lost some of their target market.

Online homepage: Starbucks.com

McDonalds vs Starbucks Discussion

Is McDonalds or Starbucks a better place to have a coffee? Which one makes better-tasting hot beverages?

McDonalds is better!

McDonalds is better!

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    • Paula 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      I like both

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i love Mac coffee i think you can take it any time coz Mac open 24 hours

    • Paula7928 4 years ago

      I actually think McDonalds new premium coffee is better than Starbucks!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      McD's is better tasting coffee and much easier on the wallet. 7-eleven makes a good,cheap cup of joe also.

    • CoffeeLovaa 5 years ago

      McDonald's isn't so pretentious and doesn't have the "I'm an important business man" vibe. Or just forget both and have a k-cup:) Also, McCafe Mocha Frapes are the best thing I've ever tastedâ¥

    • kab 6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I like MickeyDees better. Around here hey have wifi now, too.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      Well I have to say, McDonalds Mocha Frappe is much more flavorful, smooth, creamy... mmm... Compared to Frappuccino which is also more expensive. I'm addicted to them!

    Starbucks is better!

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      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Wawa Coffee tastes better is cheaper and you can have it faster!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        i like starbucks better

      • frugalfinance lm 4 years ago

        Starbucks all the way! Much more choice too!

      • daniela12 4 years ago

        starbucks! It's more expensive, but the drinks are more tasty than mcdonalds in my opinion.

      • whats4dinner 5 years ago

        Starbucks still has some great drinks

      • Linda Pogue 5 years ago from Missouri

        I don't care for over-priced flavored coffees. Both have good black coffee, though I do prefer Starbucks. I think it is more for the ambiance than the coffee, though.

      • Kim 5 years ago from Yonkers, NY

        Undecided. They're both good depending on weather you want a quality treat and a dessert or a cheap lunch/dinner and something not as sweet or customized!

      • Johanna Eisler 6 years ago

        Wow... You'd think as a coffee house "promoter," this would have been an easy choice. But... it all depends on my time available and my mood. If I'm after a sit down, take a deep breath and recharge, I go to Starbucks or another comfortable coffeehouse and have something yummy. When I'm in a flying hurry and want some good icy coffee to pick me up/keep me going/cool off, I'll do the McDonald's drive-thru. Surprisingly delicious!

      • xiaohuaz lm 6 years ago

        I can't live without my Mocha Frapochino (I know, I can't spell it...)

      • Jack2205 6 years ago

        Starbucks is better.

      • Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

        I would vote for "neither" if that was an option in the debate. I don't like coffee from either of these two places, but I'll tell you what, Dairy Queen Moolattes are awesome!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I can't stand McDonalds coffee. And I can't stand Starbucks coffee. And why are we comparing a fast food chain designed for kids with a coffee shop designed for pretentious people? It's apples and oranges.

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          Paula7928 4 years ago

          Great lens! I like McDonalds coffee!

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          whats4dinner 5 years ago

          Starbucks does have more choices.

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          jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

          Starbucks just because they have more variety and their product is higher quality than anything McDonalds can even offer.

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          Everyday-Miracles 6 years ago

          I have experienced coffee from both McDonalds and Starbucks and I don't like either. The one time I had coffee from McDonalds it was so bad that it put me off ever getting their coffee again. EVER! It might just have been "that" McDonalds, but a friend and I both absolutely hated it.

          I have a lot of problems with Starbucks, from the fact that they are overpriced for a relatively poor quality product to the fact that they try to tell me what I *should* eat by taking products off the menu that are high in fat (even if they are popular).

          The truth is that I'm practically "off" going out to get coffee because I can't find anywhere that they have good coffee any more! The Moolattes at Dairy Queen are the best I've had though!

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