Is Dunkin’ Worth The Hype?

Sophie Johnson, Opinion Editor

Although Dunkin’ has become wildly popular over the last couple of years, I have never tried Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Partially because I’ve never associated it with coffee and partially because there are none within a 5 mile radius of me. 

I’ve also heard lots of controversy between Dunkin’ and Starbucks coffee, two of the largest coffee chains around the world. Yesterday, I decided to make the journey to Dunkin’ on 86th Street to bust the myth. I ordered my usual drink, hot vanilla latte with almond milk, and I was left in utter disbelief. 

First because of the pricing, my latte was $5.19 for a medium and with the same order at Starbucks, I would’ve paid a little over eight dollars. Another reason I was in disbelief was not with the coffee, but with myself after I drove away from the drive thru window, leaving my debit card. 

The kind worker yelled to me, I put my car in park and then proceeded to walk up to the window to retrieve my card. The coffee itself tasted identical to my usual Starbucks order and since it was the same order it should be, but this specific order at Dunkin’ is extremely underrated. 

For my first time trying their coffee, it was not too sweet, had a good taste of espresso and perfect temperature. I do however wish they had a better holiday cup selection and that I didn’t almost abandon my card, but overall I rate this coffee a 7.7/10.



While I typically order an iced vanilla latte with almond milk for my coffee reviews, I recently took a trip to Madrid, Spain and tried traditional Spanish coffee. In Spain it’s near impossible to order an iced coffee because a traditional coffee there is a hot coffee with milk or an espresso. 

One of my favorite coffees I had was at San Ginés where I had a hot coffee with milk. Although it wasn’t frigid outside, the hot coffee was perfect for the fall weather. The coffee also had steamed milk like a traditional latte which, in my opinion, was far better than any iced latte in the United States. 

To go along with the very good coffee experience, the service at the cafe was amazing. Even though most of my family, except my brother, spoke little to no Spanish at all, the staff at the cafe were so excited we were visiting the country and put up with our very poor Spanish skills. 

My only honest complaint would be that the coffee was too small for it to be that good, I felt like I drank it too fast, but nonetheless it was one of the best coffees I’ve ever had. Overall I’m going to rate this coffee a 9.5/10 just in case I find the perfect coffee!