Fast Food

McDonald’s Is Turning Their Coffee Waste Into Car Parts For Ford

Fast food sustainability is the next frontier to be tackled and McDonald’s seems to be ending the year on an ambitious note with their latest venture. The Golden Arches announced that they’re turning coffee bean waste into car parts.

In collaboration with Ford Motor Company, the burger chain is taking coffee chaff — the dried skin on the bean that falls off during the roast — and converting it into a durable product that’s used to strengthen vehicle parts.

Under low oxygen and high temperatures, the coffee chaff is heated and mixed with plastic and a few other additives and made into pellets that can be molded into different kinds of shapes. Ford Motor says that coffee chaff actually much better heat properties than the materials that they currently use.

McDonald’s goes through millions of pounds of coffee chaff every year and typically it’s used for things like garden mulch or charcoal. Through this collaboration, a new alternative use for the wasted material presents itself for the fast food chain. This effort will divert waste from landfills, use significantly less petroleum, and lower CO2 emissions through the production of bioplastic car parts. McDonald’s expects to source 100 percent of its consumer packaging from recycled or renewable sources by 2025.

Wonder how many car parts I’ve contributed to with all the McDonald’s coffee I’ve had over the years?

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Don Francisco’s Giving Away Free Dozen Donuts In These States

Who: Don Francisco’s Coffee

What: Receive a free dozen mix and match donuts from the bakery with the purchase of select Don Francisco’s Coffee products in honor of National Doughnut Day.

Where: Albertson’s and Safeway locations in the Portland, Seattle, Denver and Intermountain areas. Click through to find a Safeway, Albertson’s or Stater Bros near you.

When: June 7th, 2019 for Portland, Denver and the Intermountain (ID, SD, WY, UT, MT) area; June 5th – 11th, 2019 for Seattle.

Why: Because no one is having a day so good it couldn’t be improved by free donuts.

National Doughnut Day is June 7th and in celebration, Don Francisco’s is running a promotion that ups the ante from the standard “one free doughnut per person” – a free DOZEN mix and match donuts! Check out the details below:

Albertsons/Safeway Portland: Buy one 10-12 oz. bag of Don Francisco’s coffee OR one 12 count Don Francisco’s Single Serve and get one assorted dozen Private Label donuts. (6/7/19)

Albertson’s/Safeway Denver: Buy one 10-12 oz. bag of Don Francisco’s coffee OR one 12 count Don Francisco’s Single Serve and get one assorted dozen Private Label donuts. (6/7/19)

Albertson’s Intermountain (ID, SD, WY, UT, MT): Buy one 10-12 oz. bag of Don Francisco’s coffee OR one 12 count Don Francisco’s Single Serve and get one assorted dozen Private Label donuts. (6/7/19)

Albertson’s/Safeway Seattle: Buy any two 12 oz. Don Francisco Coffee Cans, Cold Brew or 12 count Don Francisco’s Single Serve and get one dozen assorted Private Label donuts. (6/5/19 – 6/11/19)

Overwhelmed by the possibilities? Read these suggested pairings to make the most of your designated dozen!

#1. Glazed & Cinnamon Hazelnut

A classic deserves a classic and nothing screams all-American, fried dough goodness like a traditional glazed doughnut paired with the spicy, nutty flavor of Don Francisco’s Cinnamon Hazelnut.

#2. Sprinkled & Hawaiian Hazelnut

Who says the unofficial drink of adulthood has to be drab? With a warm hazelnut aroma and hints of coconut, Don Francisco’s Hawaiian Hazelnut Arabica blend meets it’s match with a sprinkled donut for a combination that brings the whimsy.  

#3. Donut Croissant & Breakfast Blend

Some trends are so delicious that they outlive their fifteen minutes of fame – the donut croissant is one such creation. Tuck into this brilliant breakfast food hybrid with a mug of Don Francisco’s Breakfast Blend for a sweet start to your day.

#4. Sour Cream & Espresso

It’s a universal truth that darkness and decadence fit each other like a slipper. Tap into that with Don Francisco’s Espresso and a sour cream donut for a combination that’s the taste equivalent of watching true crime in a comfy sweater.  

#5. Persian Donut & Organic French Roast

Delicious and underrated, the complex, concentric Persian donut balances beautifully with Don Francisco’s French Roast, for a dark horse duo that balances sweet with smoky.

Out of the area and feeling left out? Those of you in SoCal are in luck with Stater Bros – buy any two 12 count Don Francisco’s French Roast Single Serve Box or Don Francisco’s French Roast coffee bags and receive one dozen free Hostess donuts for your trouble! (6/7/19)

Created in partnership with Don Francisco’s Coffee.

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Starbucks’ Rewards Just Got Worse For Regulars, And They’re Pissed

As I woke up Tuesday morning, got ready for work and was set to order my usual Blonde Vanilla Iced Latte, the Starbucks app alerted me to some changes.

You’d think a regular would have known that changes were coming to the Starbucks Rewards program, but it’s been a hectic few weeks, and I was out of the loop.

As I navigated through the app, I still had my 1,417 accumulated stars, which I earned through buying A LOT of Starbucks, and previously equaled 11 free food or drink items at a future time of my choosing.

Those 11 freebies disappeared.

Instead I am now forced to use those stars toward their new tiered system.

The new rewards now follow a 25, 50, 150, 200 and 400 star tier of options, and it is not the best news for regulars.

You see it used to be that 125 total stars gave you the ability to receive any food or drink item, for free. If you knew how to work the system, you knew to save those stars for your Venti drinks or lunch sandwiches to really get the bang for your buck.

That free lunch sandwich will now come at the price of 200 earned stars instead of 125. That means the 11 free sandwiches that I was expecting to get with my previous rewards, has dwindled down to no more than seven.


In terms of how much you have to spend in order to get that free lunch sandwich now, you’d have to buy about 25 grande drinks, when it used to be about 16. You still get two stars per whole dollar spent.

Going from 125 earned stars to 200 stars means you’d have to buy about nine more grande drinks than you used to at an average of $4.50 per drink.

At best, to simplify it even more, you have to essentially spend about $100 (12 grande drinks, give or take) for that free sandwich perk instead of roughly $62 (9 grande drinks, give or take).

The positive way Starbucks is framing their rewards changes, is better for the casual drinker, as they can use less stars to get smaller items such as hot coffee, a bakery item or hot tea. That’s nice, but it does nothing for the frequent users, who are also their regular, loyal customers.

The 150-star perk is closest to what we’re used to, as you can use it for any sized handcrafted drink, but even then, you still have to earn 25 more stars than before.  That might not seem like a big difference, but it’s still at least two to four more drinks you have to purchase to earn enough stars.

Starbucks regulars immediately noticed how bad the change was for them, and took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.






Aside from the convenience of a Starbucks being right next door to the Foodbeast office, I really only frequented knowing my loyalty would pay off in the form of cool rewards. With this change, I might just walk a couple blocks down to get cheaper and probably better coffee at a mom and pop coffee shop.

I guess in that way, good for you Starbucks; you’re helping the little guy take your formerly loyal customers.

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Burger King Just Launched The ‘MoviePass Of Coffee’ For $5 A Month

Burger King is launching what you could call the “MoviePass of Coffee,” a disruptive new subscription program that takes the fast food value menu wars to a whole new level.

Photo courtesy of Burger King

For $5 per month, you can get a small cup of hot coffee at any participating Burger King location at any time of the day. All you have to do is sign up for the offer on Burger King’s app, and open the app daily to get your coffee fix.

To put that amount of cost savings into context, the average American paid $2.70 for a cup of coffee in 2015, and a current tall drip coffee at Starbucks is just around $2. With Burger King’s subscription program, you would pay 17 cents per cup, translating to over a 90 percent drop in price.

In terms of caveats, there seem to be very few with the subscription model. The limitations are that you can only use this to redeem on small hot coffees (no specialty or iced beverages), and that freebies don’t carry over to the next day if you don’t use it. There’s no forfeit for not getting coffee every day, however.

With this new program, Burger King just vaulted itself to the top of the coffee value menu game, since their cost just became significantly lower than the Starbucks Reward program or McDonald’s McCafe and Dollar Menu offerings. It’s pretty similar to what MoviePass did with movies, but doesn’t have the issues MoviePass had with theatres refusing to accept it.

The strategy itself is pretty genius on Burger King’s end. By alluring people to come on a regular basis for their hot coffee, it entices new customers to buy other items on their menu, whether it be breakfast or lunch time. Thus, the big success here will come if BK generates sales on secondary items, but the instance somebody like McDonald’s does this for a lower price, competition will get fierce.

Considering how fast AMC and other rival movie chains came out with similar subscription models, it should only be a matter of time before other chains follow Burger King’s lead. Whether that’s a good thing for a coffee industry struggling to find space to grow more beans remains to be seen.



Revolutionary Bottle Holds Hot Coffee And Cold Water At The Same Time

Like Ant-Man and The Wasp or Ja Rule and Ashanti, there are some duos that are just destined to work in perfect harmony. While coffee and water used to need their own respective carrying vessels, they are finally getting a joint venture through a Kickstarter campaign called H2Joe .

The H2Joe bottles let you carry around 12 ounces of water AND 12 ounces of coffee at the same time.

The unique flask works by keeping the two liquids in different compartments and two separate spouts, all on the same lid. That means the coffee is being stored at the bottom of the traveler, flowing through its own path, and coming out of its own corresponding spout. Same with the water.

“One of our main goals with H2Joe was to help combat chronic dehydration… without having to sacrifice coffee,” co-founder John Anthony said. “When we designed H2Joe, we wanted it to be easy to transport in one hand and have a natural feel.”

The leak-proof compartments are described as a, “double-walled coffee chamber,” and a “triple-walled water chamber,” which means your coffee won’t get cold for at least six hours, and your water won’t get warm for at least eight hours.

This is extremely convenient for busy folks who usually carry around two bottles. You know who you are.

The bottle’s starting Kickstarter pledge price for the first 24 hours is $34, which will go up to $49 thereafter. The campaign funding goal of $20,000, set to end March 13.

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The First Coffee Made Without Beans Is Coming, And It Could Help Save The Planet

It’s 2019, and food scientists have invented tons of innovative, more sustainable replicas already. There’s burgers made without beef, cheese without any dairy, eggless eggs, you name it. The next product to get converted into a groundbreaking substitute? Coffee.

Photo courtesy of Atomo Coffee

Atomo Coffee has invented what they are calling “Molecular Coffee,” the first-ever to be made with zero coffee beans. The product instead consists of a “ground coffee look-alike” that can be put through a brewer or coffee maker just like standard grounds. Atomo’s head food scientist, Jarret Stopforth, PhD., developed the product through identifying the key aroma and flavor compounds in coffee, naturally sourcing them, and creating a coffee ground-like base they could be added to.

There’s two key reasons that Atomo invented their new Molecular Coffee. One of them was to get rid of the bitter notes that are often masked by cream and sugar by coffee drinkers. It’ll help reduce the amount of calories often consumed by drinking coffee in such a fashion but also improve the flavor appeal to those that don’t like bitter.

Another key reason for this novel coffee substitute is for sustainability. With factors like climate change and drought threatening coffee tree farmers around the world, a pressing challenge for the future is how to meet coffee demand with what will likely be fewer available trees. Atomo is a substitute that can potentially address this in a sustainable fashion without sacrificing coffee’s full sensory experience.

Photo courtesy of Atomo Coffee

In terms of taste, it appears to stand up to major coffee brands so far. A study conducted at the University of Washington found that 70% of students that tasted it preferred the Atomo substitute to Starbucks, according to Food Navigator. Whether that translates to people actually wanting to drink a “coffee-free coffee,” however, remains to be seen.

Atomo just launched on Kickstarter, and hopes to have their first bags shipped by the fourth quarter of this year.


Berkeley, California Named Best U.S. City For Coffee Lovers

If you’re a coffee addict who needs to get in your sips in order to function, there are a number of cities littered with coffee shops, making sure you get your fix.

While naming the best coffee city in America is subjective, Apartment Guide tried to incorporate a bit of research into their version of the best coffee city.

By their metrics, Berkeley, California is where coffee lovers should be residing.

Their study analyzed the number of coffee restaurants per resident, and Berkeley has one coffee spot per 2,073 residents, although that only equates to 59 total coffee shops in the city.

You’d think Seattle, Washington would be tops on any coffee list like this, but they actually came in 4th with 1 coffee shop per 2,308. Not a huge difference by that metric, but as far as total coffee shops, Seattle has way more in the city, with 314.

Believe it or not, you can take the total number of both cities, and they’d still come up short of San Francisco, California’s 385 total coffee establishments.




The top 10 on the list rounded out like so:
1. Berkeley, CA ( 1 per 2,073)
2. Vancouver, WA (1 per 2,224)
3. San Francisco, CA (1 per 2,297)
4. Seattle, WA (1 per 2,308)
5. Portland, OR (1 per 2,322)
6. Salt Lake City (1 per 2,387)
7. Minneapolis, MN (1 per 2,427)
8. Pittsburgh, PA (1 per 2,607)
9. Everett, WA (1 per 2,752)
10. Ann Arbor, MI (1 per 2,825)

If driving through a city that lacks coffee sounds like you’re living in a horror flick, find your way to one of these cities and keep yourself wired for life.

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7-11 Coffee Is Surprisingly One Of The Strongest In Fast Food

We’ve all had those mornings where we just NEED that last minute cup of coffee while on the road. Not all brews are all created equal, though, so popping into one chain restaurant for a steaming mug of joe may mean you get less wired than if you ordered somewhere else.

Take the below infographic from Sleepopolis, for example. By looking at the caffeine content of different chain restaurant coffees, they were able to figure out which spots will get you the biggest wake-up boost. When it comes to some of the big names, like Dunkin’ and McDonald’s, their coffee just seems to fall short while some surprise names like 7-11 are relatively strong.

At 17.5 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce, 7-11 easily trounces some of the biggest names in coffee in terms of strength, including Dunkin’ (15 mg/fl oz), Panera Bread (11.8), and McDonald’s (9.1).

You can view the whole infographic below, with the data related to chain restaurant coffee appearing on the right-hand side.

Photo courtesy of Sleepopolis

Only Caribou, Starbucks, and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf have more caffeine per fluid ounce than 7-11’s brew, making the ubiquitous convenient store a prime choice if you need to get wired without dishing out a ton of cash.

In comparison, an average cup of coffee has 12 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce. That puts Tim Horton’s and McDonald’s, two of the most ubiquitous coffee spots out there, below average in terms of caffeine content. Why that is, only one can guess.