Ah, Dunkin’. What can I say? It’s been a year now since our relationship began, and my life has changed ever since.
Yes, you read that right– the first time I began drinking Dunkin’ Donuts coffee was a year ago, when I had an internship in Bolingbrook, Illinois (Chicago area). Having grown up in California, I never tried Dunkin’. I don’t even remember it being in San Diego, although my memory could be overshadowed by Starbucks.
Which is why, when I started grabbing Dunkin’ on my way to work last summer, I was blown away by what I’d been missing out on.
I mean, really– Dunkin’ isn’t great coffee, but at the same time, it’s great coffee. I can grab a latte at Dunkin’ that tastes similar to a Starbucks latte, for half the price. And it’s fast. In my line of work, speed counts for a lot. At Dunkin’, I’ve never once waited more than 2 minutes for a drink. It usually arrives within 30 seconds. And then I’m on my way, with my giant cup of happiness.
Here’s the thing about Dunkin’, though: You have to be careful what you wish for. In other words, if you don’t like sugary coffee, you better make sure you say unsweet when you order, or that drink will be straight Splenda. If you don’t want a ton of cream in your coffee, ask for 1 cream (the default is 3).
These were lessons I learned the hard way. Learn from me, people. Don’t repeat my mistakes. I made them so you don’t have to.
- In the summer, a medium iced coffee is 99 cents from 2-6 p.m.. 99 FREAKING CENTS. For a MEDIUM. And I can drink coffee all day, so the time window is nothing.
- Dunkin’ sizes are realistic sizes. A small is a small. A Tall at Starbucks is like the kid’s meal version of coffee: Tiny and unsatisfying. You gotta go for the Grande, and by then you’re like seven bucks in the hole.
- There’s never a line. And when there is, it’s like, 3 people. This is true of every location I’ve seen, and I’ve seen many, many Dunkins.
- Not to state the obvious, but they have donuts.
- Did I mention donuts?
- There’s a Dunkin’ near every tourist area, so you can grab a coffee AND see a few walls.
Dunkin’, thanks for a wonderfully caffeinated year.