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McDonald's Could Make a Ridiculously Arty Film About Coffee - But It Hasn't (Kind Of)

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Leo Burnett London and Academy Films' Us parody various genres in this meta ad

McDonald's Could Make a Ridiculously Arty Film About Coffee - But It Hasn't (Kind Of)
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.”  
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Brand: McDonald's

Marketing Director: Michelle Graham-Clare

Marketing Manager: Tom O’Neill

Brand Manager: Jodie White

Campaign Assistant: Harry McLean

Media Agency

Media Agency: OMD


Sound Company: 750 mph

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: Leo Burnett London

Chief Creative Officer: Chaka Sobhani

Creative Director: Pete Heyes

Copywriter: Andrew Long

Art Director: James Millers

Planner: Adriana Ferran

Senior Creative: Andrew Long, James Millers

TV Producer: Bruce Macrae

Head of Planning: Max Keane

Senior Planner: Adriana Ferran

Group Project Manager: Jamie Teale

Project Manager: Sian Collister

Client Service Director: Victoria Reiz

Business Director: Kate Tweed

Account Director: Jassmine Wixon

Senior Account Manager: Felicity Davies

Account Management: Kate Aspinall

Account Executive: Gabriella Kaas

Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Framestore

Production Company

Production Company: Academy Films

Director: Us


Music Production: Yellow Boat

Genres: Dialogue, People, Storytelling, Comedy

Categories: Retail and Restaurants , Fast food

Leo Burnett London, Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:45:52 GMT