Photo By: Taylor Williams
There are two general options for those of us attending LSSC. Starbucks, and Dunkin Donuts. While Leesburg has a much more limited selection in comparison to the South Lake campus in Clermont, it’s safe to say that these two coffee giants lead the market in coffee based beverage sales. So who should you spend your money on?
Money is the bane of our existence as college students, being that we are basically broke all the time. The good news is that coffee is relatively affordable, but if you’d like to save a few cents for that piggy bank, Dunkin Donuts is the best choice. A Dunkin Donuts large iced vanilla coffee costs 2.87$ plus tax. In fact, their large drinks are a whopping 32 ounces and during happy hour (3-6 p.m.) they are a mere 1.07$. Comparatively to Starbucks, who’s large is only 24 ounces and costs 3.17$ with tax, Dunkin wins this round by a landslide.
When it comes to beverages, Starbucks knows how to please the consumer. Their available drink selection outnumbers, and out flavors Dunkin’s menu with ease. While Dunkin Donuts has been stepping its game up to offer specialty drinks, Starbucks has mastered both quantity and quality for its consumers.
Now what about actual coffee beans? Who has a better cup of joe, no sugar or cream added? Starbucks’s coffee bean of choice is the Arabica bean which they import from Latin America, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Likewise, Dunkin’s bean of choice is also the Arabica bean, which they only import from Latin America. While Starbucks has much tastier drink concoctions to mask the sharp, bitter, acidic taste of their coffee bean—Dunkin Donuts pulls into first place with a bean that is by far, easier to consume without dousing it in sugar and adding tons of flavors. Dunkin’s Arabica bean has the ever sharp Arabica bite, but a warmer taste that is not too potent without the fix ins’.
Last, but certainly not least, is service. Coffee is great, but it’s even greater when served with good customer service and moreover, made correctly. Dunkin Donuts has a lot to learn when it comes to this aspect of the business. While they claim that “America runs on Dunkin” it has never been truer that Starbucks runs off Dunkin’s mistakes. Starbucks consistently serves their beverages correctly and with the exact specifications to the customer, whereas Dunkin Donuts employees seem to serve whatever they feel like. It’s almost as if the staff doesn’t know the proper recipes for the company’s drinks, and for that, Starbucks catches back up to tie with Dunkin Donuts.
Both companies offer entirely different consumer experiences. Dunkin Donuts may have the cheaper average Joe suitable for college students on a low budget, but the true coffee snob award goes to Starbucks and their impeccable service and coffee creations.