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

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, said: “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 said: “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.”  


18th March


McCafé ‘We Could’


Leo Burnett London

Agency contact 

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

Client name

Michelle Graham-Clare – Marketing Director

Tom O’Neill – Marketing Manager

Jodie White – Brand Manager

Harry McLean – Campaign Assistant


 Andrew Long

Art director

James Millers

Planner/CSU Director

Adriana Ferran

Media agency


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



Audio Post Production

 750 mph

Post Production 


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