Does McDonald’s Have Espresso?

By Mark •  Updated: 06/21/22 •  5 min read

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Everybody knows that McDonald’s offers a range of popular espresso drinks on its menu. One would assume that ordering a single or double espresso shot would be straightforward; however, that’s not always the case.

Does Mcdonald's have espresso
Does McDonald’s have espresso?

Here’s why.

Does McDonald’s have espresso?

McDonald’s does not have espresso on most drink menus in the United States. You can request an espresso shot at McDonald’s, which the barista can add to your order by pressing a special button. If you are online, you would be limited to ordering Americano or regular filtered black coffee drinks.

McDonald’s does have espresso available in other countries, including Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

McDonald’s Espresso Drinks Guide

Have you ever wondered what espresso drinks McDonald’s serves? Then read on as I explain everything you need to know about Mcdonald’s coffee and share my hot tips on accessing secret off-menu McCafe coffee drinks!

What Kind of Coffee Does McDonald’s Have?

What Kind of Coffee Does McDonald's Have
What Kind of Coffee Does McDonald’s Have?

McCafé coffee drinks can be divided into two categories: espresso-based beverages and brewed coffee. Both can be served with additional flavors such as vanilla and caramel:

  1. Espresso-based drinks – made from dark roast beans, an espresso drink can be brewed either hot or cold except for cappuccinos and Americano, which are only served warm. The most popular espresso options include cappuccino, french vanilla latte, macchiato, and mocha.
  2. Brewed coffee drinks – made with medium roast beans; these include premium-roast coffee, iced coffee, and iced caramel coffee.

What Coffee Beans Does McDonald’s Use?

McDonald’s uses 100% Arabica beans which is superior to the Robusta bean. Arabica coffee is famous for its smooth, consistent taste and flavor profiles.

What Coffee Beans Does McDonald's Use
What Coffee Beans Does McDonald’s Use?

McCafe has sourced its 100% Arabica coffee from Gaviña Gourmet Coffee suppliers since 1983. Gaviña owns a state-of-the-art facility in Southern California where they roast the coffee beans and train McDonald’s baristas.

The most popular coffee from McDonald’s is the premium regular drip coffee, with around 500 million cups consumed daily in the USA alone.

What is McDonald's Most Popular Coffee
What is McDonald’s Most Popular Coffee?

Although premium-roast coffee is the most popular, McDonald’s lattes, iced coffees, Americano, and iced french vanilla coffee rank among the top 5 coffee drinks from McCafe.

Popular Secret Menu McDonald’s Coffee Drinks

Here are some of our favorite secret menu coffee drinks that you can buy at McDonald’s:

  1. Snickers Coffee – if you would love an iced coffee that tastes like Snickers, then order an iced hazelnut coffee and ask for the following custom ingredients: one pump of chocolate syrup, two servings of caramel drizzle, one pump of chocolate caramel syrup, topped with whipped cream.
  2. Espresso milkshake – order a chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry shake and one shot of espresso. Simply pour the espresso into your milkshake and enjoy!

Does McDonald’s Latte Have Espresso?

Does McDonald's Latte Have Espresso
Does McDonald’s Latte Have Espresso?

A McCafé latte contains 8.88 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce of coffee. A latte from McDonald’s contains:

  • A single shot of espresso for the small (12 fl oz) size.
  • Double espresso for the medium latte (16 fl oz).
  • Approximately 2 and a half shots in a large latte (21 fl oz).

Does McDonald’s Have Extra Espresso Shots?

McDonald’s does not offer extra espresso shots on its U.S drink menus; however, you can request it when placing your beverage order, and the barista can add an extra shot.

Does McDonald's Have Extra Espresso Shots
Does McDonald’s Have Extra Espresso Shots?

If you live outside the U.S, it is possible to order a double espresso or extra espresso shots directly from the menu when placing your beverages ordered.

People Also Ask

Can you get espresso shots at McDonald’s?

Can you get espresso shots at McDonald's

McDonald’s does not offer espresso shots on most of its U.S menus. You can still order an espresso shot which the barista can add to your order for approximately $1.

In other countries, including AustraliaCanada, and Great Britain, McDonald’s offers shots of freshly ground espresso, made from 100% Arabica beans, on its menu.

Is there espresso in McDonald’s coffee?

Is there espresso in McDonald's coffee

Contrary to popular belief, McDonald’s serves surprisingly delicious coffee for a fast-food restaurant chain. It offers a range of coffee beverages that contain espresso, including Americano, french vanilla cappuccino, caramel latte, caramel macchiato, and mocha.

McDonald’s also offers medium roast brewed coffee which does not contain any espresso.

Is there espresso in McDonald’s latte?

Is there espresso in McDonald's latte

A McDonald’s latte has between one and two and a half espresso shots, depending on which size you order. A small latte contains a single shot of espresso, a medium latte includes a double shot, and a large latte has two and a half shots.

The espresso in McDonald’s latte is made from Rainforest Alliance Certified 100% arabica beans, which are of superior quality to robusta coffee, and one of the key reasons why the McCafe latte tastes so good!

What does McDonald’s use for espresso?

What does McDonald's use for espresso

McDonald’s uses high-quality arabica for its espresso, which is superior to robusta beans used by some other competitor companies.

McDonald’s espresso beans are also Rainforest Alliance Certified, meaning they are sustainably produced and grown so that farmers also get a fair deal for their hard work.

Wrap Up

I hope you have learned some valuable facts about your question “does McDonald’s have espresso” today. In summary, McCafe uses 100% Arabica beans for brewing espresso coffee beverages which is one of the main reasons it offers superior coffee to many other fast-food restaurants.

While it is odd that they don’t offer espresso on the menu in most U.S.-based restaurants, you can quickly request one when placing your order. I think it’s only a matter of time before espresso gets added to the coffee menu, similar to overseas menus.


G'day from Australia! I'm Mark, the Chief Editor of Portafilter. I'm super passionate about everything coffee-related and love to spend endless hours mastering pulling the perfect shot on my Breville Barista Express. Follow on: Linkedin and Facebook.

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