A Quick Guide to McDonald’s McCafé Coffees

At any time of the day, whether it’s in the morning on your way from work or late at night after sharing drinks with friends, you can always drop by the McDonald’s McCafé for a cup of coffee. A quick check on PriceListo shows that you sure have lots of coffee options to choose from, and the average prices are quite reasonable for fast-food coffee.

Of course, you have hipster snobs bemoaning the quality (or lack thereof) of fast-food coffee. But for people on the go who don’t want a fuss, these coffees are a godsend. That’s especially true of the McCafé options. The coffees are actually quite good, and experts rank it among the best fast-food coffees available.

McDonald’s generally use a medium roasted blend of Arabica beans. It’s not as bitter as you might get from other establishments, even without cream and sugar. The McCafé also brews the coffee every 30 minutes, so at any time the coffee you get will be fairly fresh.

But with so many options, which coffee variant from McCafé should you go for? You can always try a different one each time, so you can discover your favorites. That’s always fun. There are the hot coffees and iced drinks too.

Here’s a quick look so you can pick which ones you ought to try first.

Hot Coffee Options

In the morning (or after a round of drinks), hot coffee sure sounds nice. Here are the options you can go for:

Premium Roast Coffee

This is the simplest and most basic choice, but there are good reasons why it’s a classic. It tastes great and not so bitter, and you can put in creamer and sugar into it to adjust the taste. It’s a no-fuss coffee that delivers.


This is espresso diluted with extra water, so that again, it’s not too bitter. Espresso needs to be consumed quickly, but you may dawdle with the Americano. It’s certainly good, with the espresso certified by the Rainbow Alliance.


This is made with 3 different layers: espresso, steamed milk, with milk foam on top. It’s a fun drink that even younger fans like, since it can be really sweet. You can go with the basic Cappuccino, made with whole or non-fat steamed milk. And if you want a different taste, other options include the French Vanilla Cappuccino and the Caramel Cappuccino.

Caramel Macchiato

This time, you just have the steamed milk over the layer of espresso. It starts with the espresso made with dark roast beans, then the whole or nonfat steamed is added. For the final touch, you get the caramel syrup and ribbons of caramel on top.


The ingredients of the latte are the same as the cappuccino. You get the espresso, steamed milk, with milk foam on top. However, the latter puts in more steamed milk and only a light layer of foam. And while the cappuccino ahs distinct layers, the espresso and steamed milk are blended in the latte.

For a different flavor try the French Vanilla Latte or the Caramel Latte.


This is espresso and steamed milk, along with chocolate syrup. Then you get whipped cream on top, with a drizzle of chocolate to finish things off. If you want that extra caramel flavor, you can go with the Caramel Mocha as an alternative.

Iced Coffee Options

During a summer afternoon, nothing beats relaxing with friends while sharing iced coffee drinks. They sure are refreshing.

Iced Coffee

You can get the basic cup, or ask for the variant with the syrup you like. That means your other options include French Vanilla (a sugar-free version of this is also available), Caramel, and Hazelnut.

Iced Mocha

It’s the basic mocha cup, but it’s refreshingly cold this time. For the extra caramel flavor, go with the Iced Caramel Mocha.

Iced Caramel

It’s espresso with the caramel flavor. If you want the Iced French Vanilla instead, go right ahead.

Iced Caramel Latte

It’s espresso with the caramel flavor, but with steamed milk as well. This is always nice, but you can replace the caramel and order the Iced French Vanilla Latte instead.

Iced Caramel Macchiato

It’s the same caramel Macchiato, but it’s refreshingly cold this time.


You can go with the Caramel Frappe or Mocha Frappe. You’ll get either the rich caramel or mocha flavor, and only a hint of coffee. In fact, it’s hard to get that coffee taste when you have that whipped topping and drizzle of either the caramel or chocolate syrup.

Final Words

Still unable to choose? Here are some terrific recommendations:

  1. The basic premium roast coffee. It’s the no-fuss real coffee you want.
  2. Great in the morning.
  3. Iced Coffee. When it’s hot in the afternoon.

Heck, just try everything at least once!