Hot Drink Heaven: Has The Golden Arches Got The Flat White Right?

Of all the options we have in the UK for coffee, one has always been different from the rest, we have our big chains and our little independents and then we have the fast-food industry. All of our fast food joints offer coffee and McDonalds have been known for being the best.

The McCafe range is your no thrills coffee line-up, black and white coffee, lattes and cappuccinos, mochas and hot chocolates. However, the company has finally jumped into the flat white market with their £1.49 flat white.

I embarked on a road trip to my nearest branch, asking for just a coffee at McDonald’s is like going into an HMV and asking for a video, the staff seemed puzzled and eventually give you something. After some funny looks, I got a hold of the flat white.

By far a bigger flat white than the like of Greggs or Starbucks, the cup measured just a little bigger than the normal and by far wider, in my honest opinion, I thought it was the size of a double shot of both milk and coffee.

The colour of the coffee was quite simply stunning, blending the delectate milk white colour and the black as coal colour of coffee making a light and breezy amber colour. The swirl of the milk into the coffee looked natural and pleasant. No latte art here, just the classic swirl.

The first taste is the moment we savour and my first taste of the flat white was that of bitterness and strength, hitting the tongue like a bull in a china shop, just how a flat white should be, then came the smooth rich aftertaste of the textured milk. The right beans had been used, as flat white is the powerful younger brother of a latte. Whipped around and knocked into its small powerful shape.

even into the final last swig, the bitterness stayed loyal, just blending and cosying up with the microfoam to make a spoonable concoction.

Overall for a late starter, McDonald’s flat white is worthy of hot drink heaven, what stands it out is the size of the drink, bigger than normal with more punch.

Score 4/5

Does it go into hot drink heaven? Yes

Would I go back soon? Maybe, just without the funny looks for ordering a coffee.