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McDonalds – Premium Roast Coffee

I love coffee. I drink 2-3 cups a day, and on weekend mornings I get a lot of enjoyment in making my perfect cup of coffee:

  • 20g fresh medium roast beans
  • 10 second grind
  • double paper filter in a one cup manual drip coffee maker
  • 400cc water at 93°C
  • 3 minute brew
  • 10g sugar

The rest of the week is less precise. Though I try to bring freshly ground beans every morning to the office and brew in a french press, there are times I need to get a cup that’s made by someone else.

McDonalds coffeeLast week, McDonalds started giving out free cups of their premium roast coffee (8:30-10:30am only). To cut to the chase, it tastes good. It’s smooth, nutty, lightly roasted aroma, and washed down my sausage McGriddle nicely. It’s about the best value for a cup of coffee next to Tim Hortons and has more locations around the city. Consumer reports actually rates it first place among fast food coffees, and above Starbucks. (not saying much really)

It’s a great idea to aggressively advertise cheaper alternatives for premium products in a recession, and Starbucks (hate it) is well aware that their place in the coffee world is starting to get shaky. Though McDonalds premium roast coffee is still subpar even compared to supermarket brands of whole bean coffee brewed correctly, it’s nice to know I could get a drinkable cup of coffee anywhere in the city if I was in a hurry.

La Cuisson – Great coffee in Richmond? Yes.

21062008214La Cuisson in Richmond is a Charming cafe hidden within Union sq. (Look for the big umbrellas outside)

Family owned and operated, they have a good selection of specialty coffees and teas, as well as some desserts made in house. Free WiFi (time to get that iPhone) is available 6-11pm. They also appear to host coffee education sessions, which says something of their expertise in coffee preparation.

There are daily specials that combine a dessert dish with a drink for about $8. Their specialty coffees are about $5 a cup, but normal blends can be had for less. I had the Jamaican Blue Mountain house replica blend coffee, prepared through a syphon instead of drip. The real Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee can be had too, for $15 a cup.

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Though that seems pricey, if you were to buy the beans, the real deal does fetch up to three times the price of any premium coffees sold.

Definitely worth a visit even for the attentively decorated interior alone, and if you like coffee, well this is a can’t miss. The service is great too. I usually drink a few cups of coffee a day, and after tasting some of the great alternatives in Vancouver, I’ll be damned if I ever buy another cup of capitalist molasses from $tarbucks again.

9 smooth cups of coffee out of 10

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One Pic Post – Daiso Coffee

I have a lot of respect for Japanese ad design and marketing. They can make absolutely anything look like a premium upscale product. That’s why I love going to Daiso. I can always find something that makes me say “Wow, that’s cool”, within 2 seconds of looking at just the packaging. It shows that these guys have really done their jobs, and that is to catch consumers’ attention while having their product placed on a shelf among a hundred other similar products on a display shelf.
These two cans of coffee were picked up from Richmond Daiso for $1 each, and they might as well have cost three times that price if someone put them at another store next to other overpriced import products, and no one would be able to tell. The minimalist design and expressive typography tells you…no…ensures you that these products are of premium genealogy and that even the greatest luxuries in life are within your reach.
This one in particular is branded Whistler Black coffee. I’m not sure if that is intended to sound like Whistler Blackcomb or not. The subtext reads “You can enjoy the finest flavor and taste”. Isn’t that so positive and encouraging? Its like getting a good fortune from a fortune cookie, but without all the philosophical pretense.
The coffee itself taste like something you pick up at a supermarket for cheap. To me that didn’t matter. I just wanted to hold the sexy can.

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