You might think that donuts & coffee as sold by Dunkin Donuts Coffee with several outlets in nearly every town would not meet the quality standards of good coffee brands; that a coffee lover could not enjoy their coffee; and that mass production of coffee rarely results in anything other than bland mediocrity.
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However, there are exceptions to the rule and Dunkin Donuts Coffee may just be one of them. In store, you can buy a range of coffee beverages made for you to order:
Believe it or not, 63% of Dunkin Donuts’ revenue comes from its coffee! Their coffee is made with Arabica beans from Central and South America. This is not a testament of how bad their donuts are but how good the public thinks their coffee is.
They are actually giving trendy coffee shops a run for their money; in an economic climate that has been anathema for the average business, Dunkin Donuts is opening new shops every week due to demand for the coffee!
There seem to be inconsistencies when you purchase a prepared cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee in one of the Dunkin Donuts outlets; one store has great coffee, another not so good. In the branches near our home, we always found a good standard of preparation, freshness and product quality. More's the pity when the local branch closed, especially when business seemed brisk.
The differences are in how it is made by the employees, so if you decide to try it in-store first, and it’s not what you expected you owe it to yourself to ask for a fresh cup or try a cup in a different store. It should have a smooth taste and texture, mild and not as acidic as some of the stronger blends.
You can also buy Dunkin Donuts Coffee Beans either in one of their stores or in your local store or supermarket to take home and make yourself. If you don’t have a grinder at home, the store’s employees will be happy to grind it for you right there or you can pick up an inexpensive grinder and do it yourself.
Though the coffee’s also available as ground coffee in many retail outlets, from Amazon, and even directly from the Dunkin Donuts store, unless you are going to use the coffee immediately, I'd recommend purchasing Dunkin Donuts Whole Bean Coffee and grinding it in your own time.
Either way, when you take this coffee home, make sure you store the coffee beans and ground coffee appropriately. Otherwise you may find your coffee loses the finer nuances that you originally experienced on that first cup.
One tip that Dunkin Donuts advises: don’t leave the coffee sitting in the pot for more than 18 minutes, good advice for any type of coffee, in fact. The additional heat will mean that the coffee turns bitter or burned, and much of the 'fresh aroma' that you love will be gone. If you must keep the coffee warm, use a vacuum pot or travel mug to keep the temperature.
Dunkin Donuts does retail a range of coffees. You will also find this coffee comes in regular and decaffeinated varieties. While most of their coffees appear to be ground already, you will find that you have quite a choice with the Original Blend, Medium Roast, and Dark Roast. There are also decaff variants: the Decaf Ground, and Medium Roast Decaf Ground.
You may also see Hazelnut, Cinnamon Spice, and French Vanilla flavors for sale, if you are interested in flavored coffees. These coffees are not typically made in store, though. If you do see them on the menu, they will likely be made with syrups rather than flavored beans.
Dunkin Donuts recommends that you not keep your coffee in the freezer to preserve its flavor; every coffee connoisseur knows that freezing coffee alters the taste because of the tiny, almost invisible crystals that form in it during the freezing process. Unused beans and ground coffee should be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.
You can expect to pay from about $7.00 for a bag of Dunkin Donuts Ground Coffee or Dunkin Donuts ground coffee in stores, though if you purchase at supermarkets or online you may find better deals for larger bags of coffee beans. They do have specials a few times a year when the coffee is priced at two pounds for $10 and there are frequent coupons.
Update: I've noticed that Amazon.com no longer stocks much Dunkin Donuts Coffee at all. Not sure why. You can check the actual Dunkin Donuts retailer page at Amazon for any remaining stock. If you find any, let me know! I haven't seen any there for a while! February 15th, 2013.
Dunkin Donuts Coffee Shop can be found at https://shop.dunkindonuts.com.