Last week, writing that McDonald’s is about to open coffee bars at most of its restaurants around the country, I suggested that these coffee bars would feature fast-food decor and that patrons would be forced to drink their cuppa as children screamed.
And Kitty Martin, a reader from Atlanta, wrote to correct my misconceptions. Martin has visited the McCafe in Vienna, Austria, and notes the following:
1. The coffee bar is a separate counter from the Mickey D food counter — complete with a pastry case and a dedicated order-taker.
2. The coffee rates a thumbs up. The thing that impressed Martin was “the excellent taste of the small latte” she ordered. Not only that, her latte was served, she says, in a “nice-size porcelain coffee cup and saucer with a bonus piece of chocolate.”
3. Personnel were courteous.
4. The price was right.
5. Martin enjoyed her coffee in a separate (but not dedicated) area that was so quiet she read a book for about an hour.
Martin suggests I take a trip to Vienna to see for myself. If only.