Coffee Wars

By: Lisa McDivitt Email
By: Lisa McDivitt Email

You may or may not be tuned in to it, but McDonald’s and Starbucks have been furiously battling for your coffee dollars.

In new ad campaigns for both of the major corporations, the coffee talk is getting serious.

But how do these new McDonald‘s cappuccinos stack up to the luxury brand?

Some of us at the station put them to the test.

We got medium cappuccinos from each of the three different coffee joints.
Lauren Whitney was up first, and she picked McDonald’s and Coffee Muggers on taste. But when it comes to convenience, she went with McDonald’s.

Charlie Lohse was up next, and he picked McDonald’s.

Then Joe Gagnon stepped up to the plate, and he also chose McDonald’s.

For the very unscientific KKCO taste test, McDonald’s won the day.

Here's how the drinks match up in price:

McDonald’s is the least expensive at $3.01 for a medium cappuccino. Coffee Muggers is $3.24, and Starbucks froths at $3.34.

And what do the coffee makers themselves say sets the brands apart?
"We tend to focus on the espresso flavor and the espresso drink, and getting those elements just right," said Alex Ruppe, owner of Coffee Muggers.

Local McDonald’s owner, Shane King, said that customers of his store, “…get a high quality espresso drink or coffee drink at a value that only McDonalds can offer."

And Starbucks? Well, they didn't get back to us after several interview requests.

So, if you're in need of an immediate coffee fix, here's one more factor you might want to consider before you buy: There are eight Starbucks in Grand Junction, four McDonald’s currently offering McCafes, and just one Coffee Muggers.

To blog about these coffee drinks, head to "New Girl on the Block" by clicking the link below.


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