…in my opinion, but not by much.
This morning, I tried a latte from McDonald’s. Afraid of what a plain latte would taste like, I opted for the Vanilla Latte, figuring it a fairly safe option.
First, let me say that I don’t get the fixation with Starbucks. Convenient, yes. Good, no. Starbucks overroasts its espresso, so that all you get is a taste of burnt, not the subtle flavors of the beans roasted to create the espresso. It is not good espresso!
That’s partly why I was excited about the McCafe option. McDonald’s offers good coffee, so their lattes should be fairly good, too, right? And, more affordable!
With McDonald’s M.O. of heating their coffees beyond a drinkable temperature, I could not take a taste right away. I could, however, take a sniff. It smells burnt, overroasted. Not good. Further sniffs yielded a sweet, chemically smell of vanilla, not a real vanilla smell. This is not going to go well, is it?
Finally, it’s taste time. At first, it tasted burnt. But, with further sips, it tasted less overroasted than does Starbucks. It’s still on the overroasted side, but not as offensively. And then there’s the vanilla. It smells sweet and chemically and it tastes sweet and chemically, too. Not a good vanilla taste. I should’ve remember this, as the vanilla iced coffee is the same. Oh, well.
Continuing on my drinking journey, I started to notice that the drink is heavy on the espresso side and short on the steamed milk side. In fact, it tastes more like a hot iced coffee than it does an actually latte. Pulling off the lid, I confirmed it is, indeed, heavier on the espresso side. The color was darker than a latte should be.
All in all, the McCafe Latte is not bad. Personally, I prefer its flavor to that of a Starbucks Latte. It’s not perfect, but it’s a little more than adequate.