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I think by now everyone is sick of the great #RedCupDebate and #CupGate2015…I know I am! That’s why in lieu of getting a plain red cup of overpriced coffee I will just stick with what I know, McDonalds yummy line of McCafé drinks!!
We all know I’m a huge frappé fan but now that it’s getting cold outside I am going with my next favorite thing…the McCafé Vanilla Latte! YUM!!
All jokes aside I really do love me some McDonalds coffee. According to the McDonald’s website…
“Globally in 2014, about 32% of our total coffee bean purchases were from Rainforest Alliance Certified™, Fair Trade USA or UTZ Certified farms. The majority of our certified coffee purchases are from Rainforest Alliance Certified™ farms, including 100% of our espresso in the U.S. and Canada, all McDonald’s coffee served in Brazil and all of our coffee in Australia and New Zealand. McDonald’s markets in Europe source 100% of their coffee—with the exception of decaf—from farms that are Rainforest Alliance Certified, UTZ Certified or Fair Trade International.”
I don’t know about you but I certainly didn’t know that McDonalds uses fair trade/sustainable coffee. They are a huge corporation and can buy from anywhere so why would they choose to purchase what is probably more expensive than your everyday run of the mill cheaper coffee beans? The answer is simple. McDonald’s cares about their customers. They also care about the environment and being socially responsible.
McDonalds has their own Coffee Sustainability Program where they work directly with farmers from around the world, and specifically in Colombia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Brazil and Sumatra, to train them in sustainable coffee growth practices.
I love that McDonalds invests in new technology such as TechnoServe and SCAN and really takes the time to teach farmers with smaller amounts of land how to use what they have and get the most from it. From the website…
“Initial evaluation shows that the first cohort of 9,000 farmers are now implementing improved agricultural and business practices that have increased coffee yields by an average of more than 20%. This means higher incomes for farmers and more food for their families during the lean months that threaten most of the region’s coffee-producing families. These results were generated despite Coffee Rust disease, difficult weather conditions and fluctuating prices. Farmers are also being trained in best practices for staple food production and planting alternative crops to provide food for their families and to sell.”
How awesome is that? I think everyone who reads my blog knows how much I love McDonalds food and now you can see why. Not only does McDonalds serve the yummiest fast food around but they truly do care.
Did you know that McDonalds had a Coffee Sustainability Program??
What is your favorite McCafé drink??
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I love that McDonald’s has this sustainability program. I think it’s important to make sure we keep our environment strong, and initiatives like this help do that.
I had no idea McDonald’s had their own sustainability program. That’s very good to know. I love vanilla lattes and now I know McDonald’s has them too!
I had no idea they did that! I love the fair market trade it is something I look for when I buy certain things! We lots of coffee from McDonalds so I am happy they do this.
I noticed recently that in the brand new McDonald’s restaurants they have included in very nice Cafe area for all of their coffee drinks to compete with Starbucks.
Liz Mays says
I think this is an awesome move by McDonalds. Sustainability is the future by definition and it’s good that they’re setting an example.
I had no idea McDonald’s had a sustainability program. This is wonderful news! Now, I will happily order a next cup, or 2, of coffee anytime!
Jaime Nicole says
It is so good to see good examples of corporate responsibility. This sounds like a good step towards McDonald’s being a good corporate citizen, and I am happy to grab a cup of coffee to celebrate.
Crystal Green says
McDonald’s frappes are delicious! I just had one last night and was surprised by how cold it made me. I can’t get over the fact how much a cups decorations has caused such an uproar across the net.
I’m a Mc Donalds girl through and through. My favorite $1 sausage biscuit and yes the vanilla latte, yummy. I can throw in a hashbrown if I am extra hungry and still spend less than overpriced red cup.
This is the first time I heard about the sustainability program. I prefer their coffee over the overpriced red cups.
Annemarie LeBlanc says
Thank you for letting us know about McDonald’s sustainability program. It makes me feel good to get coffee from them knowing that I am doing a small part to help the economy and the coffee farmers!
Crystal Lopez says
I did not know this about McDonalds! I love to hear stories of how bigger chains stay involved first hand with farmers. I love their iced coffee!
Diana Villa says
Thank you so much for letting me know about this program, I’m a coffee lover so I definitely going to do it! :D
Mistee Dawn says
What a great program! No, I never knew they had this! I think this is genius!
Oh wow I didn’t know about how McDonald’s uses sustainable coffee. Their coffee tastes great and not at all expensive.
Up Run for Life says
I love Mcds coffee and think that Starbucks is overrated. Plus, I think it’s a bolder taste which I don’t care for. I know that Frappes arent exactly healthy but with a bit of exercise you can offset an occasional treat. :)
Chubskulit Rose says
I didn’t know about their sustainability program. We seldom go to McD’s but this is great to know.
This is the first time that I’ve heard about their sustainability program and I’m so glad to know that. I am a coffee addict and now you just made me want to go to McDonald’s and grab me a cup of coffee.
Bonnie @wemake7 says
That’s great that they have their own program. I love coffee from McDonalds too.
I didn’t realize that they had their own sustainability program, but they do have wonderful coffee! I wouldn’t consider myself as a coffee drinker, but I do love to drink it from time to time.
I did not realize they took part in this type of a program. I like to go to McDonald’s in the morning when I drop my son off and get an iced coffee. :)
Ann BAcciaglia says
No, I did not realize that McDonald’s had a coffee sustainability program. This is good information to know .
My mom is all about her McDonalds coffee, she loves that she can save money and still get a good coffee. Happy to hear they are giving back to where they source them from.
Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green says
Kudos to McDonald’s. I’m a tea drinker, and my McDonald’s drug of choice is most certainly the Ice Tea. lol I can’t ever get enough of it.