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McDonald's Coffee

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Tom 
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 4:58 PM
Subject: Mc Donalds Coffee

Hi Phaedrus..
I have a question or questions as the case may be.. first of all recently McDonalds 
changed their brand of coffee and I have to admit hands down its the best cup of 
coffee Ive had in a LONG time.  Ive asked the person at the window if they sell the 
coffee by bulk bag and they replied no, not at this time.  After further inquires 
they did say that the bags were small in size and that they get 3 large cups or 
5 small cups to a bag.  It was more work like that but it provided an exceptional 
cup of coffee insuring that it was fresh and not kept warm in the pot.  On the Discovery 
Channel I watched a segment on how automatic commercial coffee making machines were 
made and according to the video the coffee machine allowed 4 grams of coffee machine 
per cup.  I weighed out one scoop of coffee and that came out to approximately 1/2 gram. 
That comes out to about 8 small triangular scoops per cup..I think you can see where 
this is going...wayyyyyyy too strong..  Would you have any knowledge on who or where 
McDonalds buys their coffee from and what is the right measurement for ( scoops per cup ). 
I use 9-10 of these little scoops to make a pot that says 12 cups in a Brun coffee maker, 
and that seems to be just about least for me.  I know the water is kept 
just below the boiling point, which is around 170 degrees..  I now live in British 
Columbia Canada and have found it difficult to get a decent cup of coffee.  I used to 
live in Southern California and bought a brand of coffee at Costco under the name of 
"Jose"..which was a Columbian Bean of medium roast, but they dont export it out of 
Southern California.  Got too expensive to have friends send up 3 ..two pound bags..
the shipping cost almost as much as the coffee itself.   I finally found the small 
company who markets " Jose's" and they told me that Safeway uses the same blend but 
markets it under the name of Don Francisco"s.. I tried it and its not even close. 
Any information you might be able to shed on this would be greatly appreciated as always.


Hello Tom,

Well, I didn't find anything that said McDonald's recently changed their brand of coffee. Where did you hear that? In the last few years, they did introduce a premium coffee and a line of coffee drinks, but as far as I could find, their regular coffee has not changed brands, at least since 2006.

There is an article about McDonald's Coffee here:
Coffee Habitat

According to some of the information that I found, The kind of coffee used by an individual McDonald's may vary according to location. This article seems to say that McDonald's stores in the Northeast use "Newman's Own", which is produced by "Green Mountain Coffee" of Vermont, but that McDonald's stores in the Northwest use "Seattle's Best." It doesn't say what's used in the rest of the country.
The Stockmasters

This article also says that, at least in New England, McDonald's uses "Newman's Own."

This article says that McDonald's coffee, at least that used in the coffee drinks, and maybe the premium coffee, is made for them by "Gavina".
Hispanic PR Wire I didn't find anything else that was definitive. These are a couple of possibilities, pure speculation:

1) They use different brands of coffee in different parts of the country (and in different countries) because coffee preferences are regionally different.

2) They buy their own beans directly from Latin American growers, blend them according to their own formula, then have them roasted by local companies in different regions.

Either way, I was not able to find answers to your questions. I've no idea what they use in Canada, although "Seattle's Best" might be worth a try in your location. I've no idea how much to use per cup other than what's said on the bag or in the instructions that come with the coffee-maker.

The sense that I get from reading all the various articles is that McDonald's probably buys their own beans directly from certain growers in South America and has them blended and roasted by roasters in the US. The beans and the blend are most likely the "secret". If that is the case, it's highly unlikely that you will be able to purchase the coffee unless & until McDonald's decides to go the route of Dunkin' Donuts and to market the coffee itself as a retail item.


Big Apple Bagels

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dala" 
Sent: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 6:02 AM
Subject: Looking for lost muffin recipe

Hi there!

I'm looking for the Big Apple Bagels cafe 's two recipes:
Chocolate cheesecake muffins
Chicken salad with honey mustard dressi.

The cafe in our country closed and I wish I'd gotten their recipes! I 
searched online but to no avail. Your help is needed. Thanks!



Hello Dala,

Restaurant chains like Big Apple Bagels rarely give out their recipes. I cannot find any recipes or copycat recipes for these items. Sorry.

There is a chocolate cheesecake muffin recipe here:
Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins


Rattan Movie

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Brian 
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 11:44 AM
Subject: INFO please

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

I have a request, please.  As a collector of vintage rattan furniture, I was intrigued 
to see a scene from a movie from the 40's or 50's, I presume, containing seriously 
outstanding rattan furniture-----wide-band , meaning 10 or more bands of rattan forming 
the arms of the seating pieces.  The scene was set outdoor, on a patio or terrace, and 
for some reason I think that the movie was about the life of one or two composers. 
I have searched and searched, to no avail.  Any idea what the name of the movie might be? 



"The Godfather" was a 70's movie, but I did find this reference.

"Paul Frankl inspired rattan furniture is also know as 'Godfather' rattan furniture, a reference to its appearance in the 'Godfather' movie."

That's the only movie reference that I could find with a rattan connection.


Here are some old movies about composers...

The King Without the Crown 1937
The Life of Giuseppe Verdi 1938
Song of Love 1947
The Life and Music of Giuseppe Verdi 1953
Song without end 1960

Timm in Oregon
Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

Amazingly, a few nights ago I caught a bit of a movie on TCM that I believe is the
one featuring the wonderful rattan!  It is "Midnight" starring Claudette Colbert 
and Don Ameche, and was released in 1939.  It is not in color, nor is it about two 
composers.  Heaven only knows where I got those ideas.  Thank-you very much for 
placing the query on your website. 


Copeland's Restaurant House Dressing

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Brian 
Sent: Friday, July 22, 2011 11:44 AM
Subject: INFO please

Dear Uncle Phaedrus,

I have another request, please. Does anyone have the recipe, or an approximation, 
of the house salad dressing at Copeland's restaurants? It is a wonderful, creamy 
dressing with a bit of spice (from ginger?), and I think, Parmesan cheese.  Thanks 
a million times over!  I love your site, and have had considerable success converting 
"finds" into gluten-free versions, since I have been gluten-free for almost 20 years! 


Hello Brian,

Sorry, I had no success with this. I found a few recipes from Copeland's, but not the house dressing.

I'll post this on my site. Perhaps a reader can help.


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