Somehow the Coca-Cola from a McDonald’s machine tastes way better than at any other restaurant. And while there are wavering rumours that’d say McDonald’s may be adding more syrup to their drink or that the food at McD’s is too salty that makes the soda more appetising, there are quite a many technical reasons that’d say otherwise.
Atleast the New York Times got a sneak peek of what there is to the Coca-Cola from McDonald’s. And we’d like to tell you the details:
One such minute detail concerns the storage of Coke syrup and if you need to preserve it better you need to use a stainless steel container than using any other method to preserve it.
As for McDonald’s, their official website, tells us that the fast food chain follows strict guidelines issued by Coca-Cola to make sure it has the same taste as the Coca-Cola out of a bottle. There’s no secret formula, as such, to McDonald’s recipe.
The fast food chain makes sure their syrups and drink fountain is ice cold, with insulated tubing running from the back refrigeration until all up to the front and drive-through units in the restaurant. The apparatus ensures that the soda water is chilled to perfection so that superior carbon dioxide levels can be maintained, leading to more carbonation. The result is soda water of a better pedigree making for a sharper fizzy Cola at the end of it.
As McDonald’s mentions on their website, the water and the Cola syrup are pre-chilled before they make way into the fountain dispenser and the ratio of syrup is just enough to make room for any ice to melt. The fountain beverage system is also kept chilled at all times so that the drink is refreshingly cold at all times.
The soda water is regularly recirculated through the tubing system so that it remains at between 33-38 degrees (just about to freeze at a slightly higher temperature from there), at all times.
In order to maintain a gold standard, McDonald’s invests considerable amount of money to ensure all of its restaurants have a high-end water filtration system.
It is not just as much in the technical details of things - there’s also the size of the straw that makes a world of a difference. And McDonald’s reveals that their straws are slighter wider than the typical ones, so that all of that Cola tastes hits your taste buds right.