McDonald’s are at it again with new McCafé campaign poking fun at the world of coffee, by Leo Burnett London

Ads, Advertising, Business

Building on the success of its Great tasting coffee, simple campaign over the last two years, McDonald’s have launched a new integrated campaign called ‘We could’ aimed at driving the quality credentials of its McCafé coffee in a simple and pragmatic way. The campaign kicks off with a TV advert airing on 18th March and will be supported by radio social, press, digital display, out-of-home, all of which bring to life the ridiculous ways McDonald’s could talk about their coffee in each of those channels, but don’t.

Created by Leo Burnett London, the humorous campaign shows McCafé coffee as having the same quality points as its competitors such as 100% freshly ground Arabica beans and organic milk but without the superfluous ways to talk about them.

The 60” film and two 30” cut downs show the audience how the brand ‘could’ communicate the quality of McCafé coffee using classic advertising methods such as ‘telling a humble origins story and discovering conveniently placed sacks of coffee’ or by ‘showing a selection of models holding cups up to their faces’.

After a number of scenes demonstrating the more ridiculous ways McDonald’s could choose to talk about its coffee, the audience is shown Arabica beans being freshly ground in a McDonald’s restaurant and a McCafé cup being filled with coffee, highlighting what McDonald’s actually do: ‘Great tasting coffee, simple’.

Chaka Sobhani, Chief Creative Officer at Leo Burnett London:

The latest outing for our McCafé campaign and hopefully one that tickles the funny bone even more. The category can still take itself a little too seriously so what better than gently ribbing the madness when all we really want is a cup of great tasting coffee, simple.

Michelle Graham-Clare at McDonald’s:

The McCafé work has always rung true with customers; people who just want a great coffee. This campaign is no different, tackling the world of coffee advertising in a funny and relatable way. The campaign highlights the fact that we know people want to feel assured they are going to get a good cup of coffee, but they don’t always enjoy the pretentiousness that comes with it.


Leo Burnett London 

  • Chaka Sobhani – Chief Creative Officer
  • Pete Heyes – Creative Director
  • Andrew Long – Senior Creative
  • James Millers – Senior Creative
  • Bruce Macrae – TV Producer
  • Max Keane – Head of Planning
  • Adriana Ferran – Senior Planner
  • Jamie Teale – Group Project Director
  • Sian Collister – Project Manager
  • Victoria Reiz – Client Service Director
  • Kate Tweed – Business Director
  • Jassmine Wixon – Account Director
  • Felicity Davies – Senior Account Manager
  • Kate Aspinall – Account Manager
  • Gabriella Kaas – Account Executive


  • Michelle Graham-Clare – Marketing Director
  • Tom O’Neill – Marketing Manager
  • Jodie White – Brand Manager
  • Harry McLean – Campaign Assistant

Copywriter:  Andrew Long

Art director: James Millers

Planner/CSU Director: Adriana Ferr


  • Executive Business Director: Jo Butler
  • Associate Director: Lucy Johnson
  • Communications Planning Manager: Jamie Graham
  • Strategy Director: Julia Smith
  • Connections Planning Manager: Anna Martorana
  • Digital Connections Planning Associate Director: Tom Kirkham
  • Investment Associate Director: Alex Neary

Production company: Academy Films

Director: Us

Audio Post Production: 750 mph

Post Production: Framestore

McDonald’s has run its business in the UK since 1974 and currently operates just over 1,300 restaurants across the UK. McDonald’s is one of the UK’s largest private sector employers, employing over 130,000 people. It is estimated to provide 70,000 jobs to young people aged 16-25, making it one of the largest employers of young people in the UK.

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