Battle of the Coffee – Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s, and Starbucks

So as I’m driving to work today, I decide to get some coffee before I start my day. The choices are simple and convenient – Timmies, McD’s, or Starbucks.

Probably the most popular out of the three is Tim Horton’s. Its literally everywhere. I’m talking about the locations being literally five minutes away from each other. And that’s porbably the only good thing about Timmies.

The first thing you will notice is the drive thru. I have never been to a Timmies drive through and not waited at least ten minutes. It is extremely annoying and it doesn’t help that the majority of the workers are incompetent, as well as have a thick accent. Most of the time you can’t even understand what they’re saying so what you have to do is pull over to the drive thru and repeat your order unnecessarily. Annoying.

Once you overcome these obstacles, you finally receive your drinks/food. Honestly, I do not understand why people are obsessed with Tim Horton’s coffee. It is bland, tastes like water, and is very weak. To top it all off, each time you order the exact same drink (double double), it tastes different EVERY SINGLE TIME. Sometimes it’s too sweet, other times it tastes like no sugar has been added. There is no consistency with anything at Tim Horton’s, which puts them at the bottom of my list of places to get my morning java from.

Next in line we have Starbucks, and I’m going to try and be completely objective and unbiased here. The first thing you notice as you walk in a Starbucks is the environment. It is very warm and comforting, with couches sprawled out the sides and indie music playing in the background. Starbucks wants their coffee shops to be the third most important routine in your life; work, home, then Starbucks. And their setup actually works. When I was in university, I would study for midterms/finals only at Starbucks, because they had a comfortable, quiet setting to work in (as well as power outlets, which Tim Horton’s has NONE if you pay attention).

The next reason why I love Starbucks is something they like to call Surprise and Delight. If you are unsure of how a certain drink tastes or what kind of pastry goes well with a certain drink, don’t expect just to be told a description by the barista. They will actually make you a sample (which is in their Short cup size) which is a decent sized serving. Not a lot of people know this, but instead of taking a chance on a new expensive drink, ask the barista and try it out!

Now let’s get to the actual drinks haha. Starbucks has a mild and bold blend always brewing, and they change their pots every 30 minutes. So you’re alwyas guaranteed a fresh cup of coffee. As for the other drinks, they have a large variety, so you’ll always have something different if you get bored of the same drink easily. Hands down, Starbucks is the place to go to if you want premium, quality tasting drinks, albeit the slightly higher prices.

The last contender in the coffee war is McDonald’s, and they’re dead serious about bringing some heavy competition to the battlefield. The first thing I noticed was that every morning, they give you a free copy of the Toronto Star with your coffee, which is always a bonus. Who doesn’t love getting freebies?

The next thing I noticed was the actual coffee. It’s miles ahead of Tim Horton’s. It always tastes fresh, is consistent every single time, and actually tastes like coffee! Oh, and I gotta give credit to the marketing geniuses at McD’s. When Tim Horton’s Roll Up to Win contest was taking place, McD’s held their own promotion for two weeks where you can come in any time and get a FREE cup of coffee, no strings attached. What a way to rain on the parade of Timmies. And honestly, who ever wins at Roll Up to Win anyways? 😉

Stay classy, San Diego

-Aret M.

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4 thoughts on “Battle of the Coffee – Tim Horton’s, McDonald’s, and Starbucks

  1. Totallyyyyy agreee with the above comments. McDonalds coffee is AMAZING!!!. I dont understand what the whole hype about tim hortons coffee is but i find that its grosss and leave a bad aftertaste in my mouth. Ppl need to stop going to timmies simply due to the buzz around it.

  2. I didn`t see Second Cup on the list! I actually prefer that instead of Starbucks and Mickey D`s. As for timmies, can you say garbage flavored water and hinteegs!

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