Taste-Testing the McLatte
The latte was better than ones at gas stations, but certainly a notch down from the typical coffee house version. On the plus side, the coffee wasn't bitter, but its flavor was weak--perhaps it was made with just one shot? Aesthetically (hey, it's a factor), there was no discernible crema and no latte art.
The mocha, topped with Reddi Whip and sprinkled with chocolate, reminded me of mixing low-grade office-kitchen coffee with powdered cocoa mix. It was cloyingly sweet, with an inferior chocolate flavor, and an almost chemical note: Basically undrinkable.
To be fair, those drinks were testers, and I'll be curious to see if the quality improves and how many specialty coffee drinkers make the switch. Price--the drinks run about $.50 to $1 cheaper than their Starbucks equivalent--and convenience (drive thrus) might convince less discerning coffee drinkers to try McDonald's, but I don't think they'll win over coffee geeks any time soon.
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