The Dispatch wrote Will McCafes’ java lure coffee lovers?
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
BY BILL CHRONISTER
What with fuel prices, food costs and the onset of summer doldrums, you deserve a break today — or so McDonald’s would like you to think. The fast-food giant has, for the past three months, been installing espresso-based coffee bars and training baristas at restaurants across central Ohio. They’re in 23 stores so far, in Columbus, Dublin, Lewis Center, Marion, Mount Gilead, Mount Vernon, Newark, Pataskala, Reynoldsburg, Westerville and Zanesville.
Local franchisees expect to have them in 106 locations by the end of July. The McCafe coffees, like Starbucks’ and Dunkin’ Donuts’, start with espresso. And like the other two, McDonald’s offers a wide selection of lattes, iced lattes, mochas and cappuccinos in a variety of syrup-based flavors. Prices might differ, but they start at $1.99 for a 12-ounce drink.