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updated 2/4/2007 8:09:24 PM ET 2007-02-05T01:09:24

Starbucks may be the world’s largest coffee shop chain in the world, but what they serve isn’t as good as what McDonald’s brews, Consumer Reports says.

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In the March issue, the magazine called the fast food giant’s Premium Roast “cheapest and best.” The coffee also beat out new offerings from Burger King and Dunkin’ Donuts.

A panel of “trained testers” took their brew black — no cream, milk or sugar — and visited two locations of each company.

The magazine reported that McDonald's was “decent and moderately strong. Although it lacked the subtle top notes needed to make it rise and shine, it had no flaws.”

As for Starbucks, the magazine called it “strong, but burnt and bitter enough to make your eyes water instead of open.”

The magazine’s final recommendation: “make your own coffee — just call it something special.”

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