Good quality coffee at global cafes or fast food chains can be hard to come by. But McDonald’s prides itself on serving exceptionally great coffee. Sure, it won’t be as good as at one of your local specialty cafes, but I think it’s pretty good.
Getting a coffee at McCafe is a solid choice when you have limited options in the area.
But what about their sustainability practices?
I’m pretty sure the amount of sustainably sourced coffee depends on the country. In Australia, McDonald’s has declared that all their coffee will be sustainably sourced all the back in 2008!
From May 2008, all the 50 million cups of coffee served in Australian McCafe are exclusively from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.
For a farm to be Rainforest Alliance Certified, it needs to meet specific standards regarding the production, welfare of workers, interest in the farming communities, and protecting the environment.
These standards are controlled independently by the Rainforest Alliance, giving you the peace of mind that this is a certification you can trust.
I know the efforts to make all the coffee served at McDonald’s ethically sourced are global. From my research, it looks like they’ve achieved this goal in the United States in 2019 and similar efforts and progress have been made in Europe and the UK.