Which fast food chains have good black coffee?

  • I ordered small black coffee from four fast food chains to find the best.
  • Drinks from Sonic, Wendy’s, Burger King and McDonald’s were all cheap and convenient.
  • I would order black coffee again from McDonald’s, but not from the other chains.

I drink coffee two or three – OK, sometimes four – times a day and take it almost exclusively black.

Most of the time I stick to my Keurig at home, but over the past few months I’ve tried iced coffee and signature roasts from different chains.

This time I ordered hot black coffee from Sonic, Wendy’s, Burger King and McDonald’s to see which fast food giant had the best brew.

I Changed My Mind About Sonic’s Coffee As I Continued To Drink It

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I felt that Sonic’s coffee had an unpleasant aftertaste.

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I expected to appreciate this option, because Sonic Green Mountain Cafe is a mild blend, and I have already tried the pods of the same brand.

At first the drink had quite a rich and fine flavor, but it quickly developed an odd aftertaste that was more dry and bitter than I would have liked.

I enjoyed the first two sips, but the change made me really hate this option in the end. This is the only coffee on which I changed my mind.

Despite its generous portion, Wendy’s coffee offered very little flavor

Wendy's Cafe

Wendy’s coffee tasted watered down to me.

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The Wendy’s website describes its regular coffee like medium roast, but this drink was the most bitter of all the options I tried.

In addition to its biting flavor, the coffee also seemed a little watery, which made for an unsatisfactory combination.

But I did notice traces of a slight nutty flavor, which at least made this option better than Sonic’s.

I got a lot of coffee for a low price, as this drink was the biggest of the four, but I wish it had a better flavor that really makes me want to finish it.

Burger King coffee was the most disappointing

Burger King Cafe

Burger King’s coffee tasted burnt to me.

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After receiving surprisingly large portions at Sonic and Wendy’s, I was happy that the small cafe version of Burger King was a manageable size.

Unfortunately, I hated this drink the most.

This brew had very little flavor and seemed both watery and burnt which didn’t make a good combination.

In all honesty, I may have been unlucky and had a burnt cup of what normally would have been decent coffee, but I still wouldn’t go out of my way to give this option another chance. .

McDonald’s coffee was easily my favorite, and I would definitely take it again

McDonald's Coffee

McDonald’s coffee was exactly what I was looking for.

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About the same portion size as Burger King’s, Small McDonald’s cafe Surpassed all the other options I tried for this taste test – it was exactly what I was looking for.

The chain’s coffee had a great rich flavor that wasn’t bitter, making it really smooth even without extra milk, sugar, or sweeteners.

I didn’t like most of the drinks I tried, but there were positives that each order had in common

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All cafes were affordable and convenient.

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Every chain I went to charged less than $2.25 for a small cup of hot coffee, which made each drink a more affordable option than you’d find in high-end stores and restaurants.

If you don’t want your coffee black and plan on adding syrups and sweeteners, these are all affordable choices.

But if you’re looking for a coffee that tastes so good, you’ll forget how much you paid for it, then you should definitely check out McDonald’s remarkable cup.

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