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McDonald's vs. Starbucks: Coffee Battle Brewing
Would you like a nonfat latte with that Big Mac?
That’s what you’ll probably be hearing in the near future, if you’re a fan of the Golden Arches. McDonald’s announced recently plans to add “coffee bars” to its 14,000 U.S. locations starting this year. They’ll also be hiring baristas to work the new stations serving up mochas, lattes and the Frappe – kind of a like a Starbucks Frappuccino or a Coffee Bean Ice Blended.
From yesterday’s Wall Street Journal:
Internal documents from 2007 say the program, which will also add smoothies and bottled beverages, will add $1 billion to McDonald’s annual sales of $21.6 billion. The confrontation between Starbucks Corp. and McDonald’s Corp. once seemed improbable. Hailing from very different corners of the restaurant world, the two chains have gradually encroached on each other’s turf. McDonald’s upgraded its drip coffee and interiors, while Starbucks added drive-through windows and breakfast sandwiches...
McDonald’s is entering its sixth year of a successful turnaround while Starbucks has begun struggling after years of strong earnings and stock growth.
But then again, LAist has another solution where you don't even have to choose between getting your java at Starbucks or McDonald's - maybe support our local coffee shops like Lost Souls, Groundwork, Psychobabble, Lulu's Beehive -- where you can actually sit down, read, relax and converse over a good cup of coffee.
Photo by Nate Steiner via flickr.