McDonald’s coffee is not, in fact, Tim’s old brew

Us Canadians take our coffee pretty seriously. About as seriously as we take hockey, actually. And with our passion for coffee, we’re all avid supporters of Tim Hortons and their liquid gold – for some of us, Tim’s coffee may be our lifeline.

Tim Hortons is sort of the superior choice when it comes to Canadians’ coffee tendencies, but McDonalds brew comes a close second for many of us. I actually prefer McDonald’s coffee to Tim Hortons’, and for the longest time, I was under the impression that Tim’s sold their brew to McDonald’s.

I, like many of us, was wrong.

My sister sent me an article describing this misinformation. Titled “No, Tim Hortons did not sell its coffee recipe to McDonald’s,” the article, written by Alicja Siekierska for Yahoo Finance Canada, debunks the rumour so many of us have become accustomed to.

Take a look at the following excerpt, pulled from the article.

“Tim Hortons wants you to know that it did not sell any aspect of its closely-guarded coffee recipe – including its supplier, blends and beans – to its competitor, McDonald’s.

‘I don’t know why this story originated, or how it grew the way it did, but I can 100 per cent confirm that it is a myth,’ Mike Hancock, Tim Hortons chief operating officer, said in an interview with Yahoo Finance Canada this week. In fact, he says, there are just three employees in the company that actually know the formula for blending and roasting the Tim Hortons coffee that goes into a double-double.”

I’m not entirely sure how this fabrication came to be, but I know I’ve been living a lie for a few years now. It goes to show how far-reaching fake news can be, and it certainly pays to do a little research before beliving something we read online.

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