Apparently the coffee in Colombia, one of the world's most famous coffee producing countries, sucks. Travelogue Roads & Kingdoms investigated the situation in a recent piece and notes that coffee in Colombian cafes tastes like "battery acid" for two reasons: When Colombia's coffee trade first took off in the 60s and 70s growers and exporters sold the best beans to other countries like America. It became normal to save the scrappy beans for Colombian consumption, and the country's population grew to have a taste for what they call "tinto," an inky black coffee-like drink. The tide is changing, though, as a younger generation realizes the potential of Colombia's home grown Arabica beans, long prized around the world for their nuanced flavors.
And now, how about a doughnut break:
In other news, McDonald's is testing a new breakfast sandwich; a professional tasted Donald Trump's wine; Starbucks responds to accusations that its drinks contain more sugar than soda; The Brooklyn-based Bagel Store, famous for its rainbow bagels, has abruptly shuttered; and finally, a breakfast week blue plate special.
— McDonald's is testing a thing called the Chicken McGriddle, which is a chicken and pancake breakfast sandwich. Remember that McDonald's McGriddles are not part of the all-day breakfast menu. The Chicken McGriddle is, for now, only available at locations in Ohio.
— A sommelier decided to lend her professional nose to a taste test for America: As documented by Vinepair sommelier and Manhattan-based wine director Victoria James tasted wine produced by presidential candidate Donald Trump's Trump Winery. Tasting notes include this nugget: "It tastes super cheap. But, it's correct. It's also just really boring. Like painfully boring." Related: Donald Trump doesn't drink.
— According to a new report, Starbucks is serving drinks with more sugar in them than the average can of soda. Starbucks isn't denying the allegations, but did tell CNBC: "Earlier this year we committed to reduce added sugar in our indulgent drinks by 25 per cent by the end of 2020. We also offer a wide variety of lighter options, sugar-free syrups and sugar-free natural sweetener and we display all nutritional information in-store and online."
— Rainbow bagels are dead! Long live the rainbow bagel!
— Finally, all about a traditional English breakfast: