When you are spoiled from living in a city such as Calgary, where top quality coffee is virtually available at every corner, France is somewhat of a letdown in that department. Though readily available everywhere, 99% of the Espresso drinks we ordered so far are worse than what we got used to at Java Jamboree in Cochrane, P&S, Artigiano or any of the other fantastic places back home.
Especially when you are on the road, finding a good, tasty jolt of Espresso is a hard thing.
So, much to my surprise, I am telling you, despite my preconceived notion, coupled with a coffee attitude, McCafe was a very very nice surprise.
Having heard much about their desire to give Starbucks a run for the milk money, yesterday in Orleans was the first time I ever contemplated visiting one.
Right from the very first visual impression to the last bite of a flaky, buttery Pain au Chocolat I was impressed.
Yes, the Barrista is not as well trained as those world champions at Transcend in Edmonton AND probably has to flip Burgers at lunch rush, but she was extremely friendly and provided table service with a smile. A BIG smile I 'd like to add.
The Espresso con Panna was pulled very short, probably to leave space for the whipped cream and it hit the right button with me. Excellent flavor.
The pastry selection, right down to an excellent Macaron is very very good compared to those oily muffins we get in Canada.
In terms of pricing, well, they are McDonald's, so they are in a league of their own over here. 1.20 for my Espresso.
.90 for my pastry, not too shabby.
The one major let down is that as most other french cafes, they use UHT milk which makes any milk drink a gamble of flavors. Victoria ordered a Caramel Latte, which was just not good. But other than that, I give it high notes all around
Well then. When in France, stick to Espresso.
VISUALLY VERY APPEALING
WELL DESIGNED ON A VERY SMALL FOOT PRINT
EXCELLENT PASTRY SELECTION
GUESS WHO ORDERED THE MACARON
UHT MILK MAKES FOR CRAPPY MILK DRINKS
A CIMBALI MACHINE