Where Can I Buy McDonald’s Coffee to Make at Home?

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     Question: “Where can I buy McDonald’s coffee so I make it at home?” – Duane Schroeder

Answer: Hi Duane,

Thanks for the question – it comes up from time to time.  Last November, somebody asked something similar:

Read: Where Does McDonald’s Coffee Come From?

McDonald’s sells a coffee that they’ve blended to recipe.  That blend is proprietary information, so it will be difficult to make the exact same coffee at home that they sell, but that coffee is out there and accessible to you.  To find out where McDonald’s coffee comes from, I went straight to their website.  It shares some information.  Their Premium Roast Coffee is advertised as “a blend of Arabica beans grown in Brazil and the mountains of Colombia, Guatemala and Costa Rica,” brewed no more than 30 minutes before you buy it.

So, what’s the best way to replicate the coffee blend that McDonald’s sources from four different countries?

Peet's Coffee & Tea     All four of those countries are Latin American, and many roasters offer blends made up of coffees sourced from this part of the world.  Go to Peet’s Coffee & Tea website, and check out their House Blend and Blend 101.  Both blends are well-balanced in flavors from Latin American countries.  It may not be a perfect match to McDonald’s, but there’s a good chance you will like them.  In my opinion, it will be better, and I think you’ll be happy with either one.  Since McDonald’s does not sell their coffee in bulk, but you clearly like what they’ve blended from Latin American countries, the two blends above should also be to your liking.

Alternatively and wherever you currently buy quality coffee, keep an eye open for blends advertised as Latin American.  It may not be as fresh as what Peet’s sells, but give it a shot.  The origin of a coffee (and the roasting) defines its flavor characteristics, but freshness is so important to coffee that what you buy from a l0cal roaster or what you buy from Peet’s will have a noticeable difference over what you buy from Costco or from a grocery store.

I hope this helps!


  1. Really good helpful advice. I love coffee,especially Mcdonald’s coffee, I have found anything like it yet. After receiving this information I am ones step closer to finding something similar out there.

    Comment by Anonymous — August 4, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

  2. In the fast food world, I believe McDonalds currently has the best coffee.

    Comment by Marc Wortman — August 5, 2014 @ 12:45 am

  3. McDonald’s coffee is coming to a supermarket near us soon!

    Comment by kimesha — August 9, 2014 @ 10:44 am

  4. I couldn’t find any information on that. Do you have a link that you can share?

    Comment by Marc Wortman — August 11, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

  5. Amazon…

    Comment by Donna — August 28, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

  6. Donna, this might be the first McD’s product I’ve ever seen, sold this way.

    Comment by Marc Wortman — August 28, 2014 @ 10:53 pm

  7. The Meijer chain of stores in the midwest sells it. So far I haven’t seen it for sale anywhere in the south. The McDonalds restaurants in Canada sell it in bulk also. Probably to compete with Tim Hortons. Wish the US would follow them.

    Comment by chris studaker — December 28, 2014 @ 10:26 am

  8. Who would’ve thought we’d be buying McDonalds coffee at the grocery store? They’ve come a long way from what they used to serve as coffee :).

    Comment by Marc Wortman — January 9, 2015 @ 2:10 am

  9. Mc D coffee is the greatest- the problem is that it is so difficult to get a fresh made cup, it is either too cold or they make a “fresh” pot and give me the first drip and it is so awful strong that it isn’t drinkable. 1 out of 15cups may be perfect!

    Comment by james — April 11, 2015 @ 11:43 am

  10. McDonalds used to have aweful coffee – tasted like dirty mop water – so, I stopped buying it. About two years ago I bought a cup of their new coffee, and found it to be awesome. My coffee at home is thickish, with hardly any coffee flavor (though I use more than recommended.) Anyway, just saw a commercial for Mc Coffee coming to a supermarket near you. Can’t wait!

    Comment by Jiji — May 14, 2015 @ 9:01 am

  11. Thanks for the comment, Jiji. I think McDonald’s coffee is among the better ones provided by a fast food chain. It’s great when you need a coffee on the go, because they have locations everywhere. I haven’t tried the grocery store version yet, and I’m skeptical. I can’t imagine it will be too fresh, but I won’t make judgments until I try it.

    Comment by Marc Wortman — May 15, 2015 @ 12:31 am

  12. I love mccafe coffee I want to know how to buy and where please

    Comment by Lisa kirby — November 2, 2016 @ 4:14 am

  13. Your Mcdonalds coffee in the stores doesn’t taste like the coffee in the restaurant. & the restaurant coffee taste so much better. Why’?.

    Comment by Benjamin Williams — February 11, 2017 @ 3:09 pm

  14. It could be a lot of variables. It may not be the exact same coffee. There may be a difference in time the coffee spends in the restaurant supply chain versus the grocery store (ie. difference in freshness). There is also the difference in water and equipment used in a McDonalds restaurant versus what one uses at home.

    Comment by Marc Wortman — February 13, 2017 @ 1:59 pm

  15. I’m having a hard time finding a good cup of coffee from McDonald’s,it seems since their any size coffee for a dollar promotion. It’s watery. And l tryed many locations in my area and haven’t had any luck. Looking to purchase grounds, after being a McDonald’s customer for about forty years.

    Comment by Nancy mercado — April 18, 2017 @ 12:21 am

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