Why doesn't Dunkin Donut coffee taste the same at home?

by Mario
(Centerport, NY USA)


QUESTION:


Why does store-bought coffee smell and taste better at their location than at my home? I use a French press coffee maker. I bought the grinds at the same location as I buy the coffee in a cup.

ANSWER:

Interesting question! I think there may be two reasons.

In part, perhaps it is the influence of the aroma and atmosphere in a coffee shop. There's something about the strong aroma of fresh-brewed coffee that just permeates the whole place. The environment of coffee-making, donuts and people likely combine to make the coffee taste a little bit better.

It's probably the same deal at Starbucks. You can buy their coffee too, and make it at home. But I bet it tastes better in a Starbucks store.

The second reason may be that the coffee beans being used in the store are almost certainly fresher. By the time you get that can of ground coffee home, it's probably quite a bit older, and a little staler, than the coffee used in the store.

Or, it's possible that the coffee they use in their stores is not exactly the same as the coffee they sell in their cans.

As for your coffee maker, a French press is an excellent way to make coffee. So I don't think you would have a problem with the brewing process itself.

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Apr 07, 2014
Commercial Bunn and coffee
by: Anonymous

Commercial coffee makers are key. Then type of coffee. Freshest beans and different creamers is nonsense. Many restaurants purchase big boxes of coffee packaged in individual units (exact measurement for one pot of coffee). It's not even close to fresh ground, yet tastes superb. For years, many restaurants served Superior brand coffee in this form. Best coffee ever. (Farmer Brothers now owns Superior).


Apr 05, 2014
brew it hotter!
by: Linda

I use an old fashion perculator on top of the stove to make my coffee and it always comes out tasting like Dunkin Donut's (better because I like mine stronger). You need to perc the coffee at a higher temprature. You do not get the heat that you need by using a Mr. Coffee.

Mar 29, 2014
Filtered water
by: Anonymous

I worked for DD and learned the filtered water allows for a better "bind" with the coffee flavor.

Mar 11, 2014
Dunkin at home vs. in stores
by: Anonymous

Dunkin doesnt taste the same at home in part because of the cream. They don't use half & half which has about 10-15% fat. They use light cream which has between 18-30% butterfat. To compare, whipping cream is 30-36%. In the store, the coffee is freshly ground and they use industrial coffee makers that brew at higher temps. Dunkin now sells creamer though which does make it taste more like in the store.

Mar 09, 2014
It has changed
by:

I have been drinking Costco bought DD coffee for 2 years straight, since it was the best store bought I could find...very close, but not exactly like from the DD up the street. The bag I bought on Feb 23, you could tell when opening it , no wonderful DD aroma, just a bitter, burnt smell. Upon brewing, same result, basically undrinkable, bitter wretched brew.

I went back to the store 2 weeks later and bought another bag, figuring maybe it was old stock, or air got in the bag. Same thing, just a nasty bag of something.

So the coffee, at least in AZ, from Costco, is not the same as it was in 2013.

Mar 08, 2014
why brewed at home taste better
by: Anonymous

Brewed verses syrup, thats why. I discovered in store they use syrup for flavor. So home brewed flavored coffee is always better. I stopped buying from there shops because even simple orders they screw up and once i realized they use syrup i was done.

Feb 02, 2014
Coffee Flavor
by: Anonymous

Water temperature makes a big difference in the tast of coffee and also water flavor.

Jan 25, 2014
DD Creamer
by: SJ

I concur with "Bob" from Jan 19th Post. Listen everyone... DD DOES NOT make there own Cream!! They purchase whole sale from a dairy farm. It could be as he said Garlick or whatever. They receive the product from the farm,then put the DD label on it & its shipped in the Big DD semi truck that delivers all there other inventory to your local franchise.
Expierment around, YES you of course need the FRESHEST beans possibe... Puified wated helps as well. With those two things, & grinding right before use should yield you results! And creamer fans like I said just need to expierment.

Heres another nugget IF you never knew this... DD DOES NOT bake fresh donuts every morning from scratch. Every bake product is shipped by franchise frozen, where then the franchisee bakes & dresses up the finishings to DD spec's. There is no George the baker baking from scratch every morning!! LOL. This hold true to ALL franchies .. Tim Hortons Starr Bucks what have you.


Jan 25, 2014
Half and Half isn't all the same
by: Anonymous

People's comments about using half and half can be misleading. Have you ever looked at the contents of several different containers of half and half?

Next time at the store, LOOK at the ingredients of the several different packages of half and half!

Half and half doesn't mean half cream and half whole milk. It means whatever the seller wants it to mean. I now buy 100% cream to know what I'm really getting to add into the coffee.

Look at hot dogs. One could say they should all taste the same. Nope, no way. Same as half and half.

Jan 19, 2014
Dunkin donuts uses everyday creamer
by: Bob

To everyone on here who said that you need to get Dunkin Donuts creamer to make their coffee taste better should not comment on things they don't know of, its obnoxious. Dunkin Donuts uses creamer from whatever dairy is local and will give it to them the cheapest, same with milk. For example in upstate New York it comes from Garelick Farms. Do you really think that Dunkin Donuts owns a huge dairy farm with special Dunkin Donut cows running around it? No. The creamer that they sell in the store that says "Dunkin Donuts" is from Colorado. So chances are if your not in Colorado the creamer your getting from a Dunkin franchise came from a completely different place then the creamer in the store. There is absolutely nothing different between the creamer in a franchise and normal everyday creamer that comes from a dairy. The reason your coffee tastes different is because the beans are ground in the store to an exact weight per pot (carafe). If your buying beans or grind from the store its probably been sitting in that bag forever seeing that it has to be shipped from wherever its produced to the warehouse owned by the grocery store or wholesale supplier then to the shelf. That's a long trip for "freshness" to remain intact. I ran many Dunkin's and can tell you 1st hand that its all in your mind. Everything that Dunkin uses is from the same stores you shop at besides their coffee beans. In all honesty I could have bought green mountain beans or some other brand of beans that has the same roast type and I highly doubt any of you would have noticed.

Jan 12, 2014
I can get to taste just as good
by: Anonymous

Buy the whole bean original blend. Grind it at home. Use bottled water because many times the water from your tap may be the reason it doesn't taste as good.If you like cream in your coffee the you need to get half & half and put it in your cup and heat it before you pour your coffee in. Just put it in the microwave for 30 or 40 seconds. And of course the coffee needs to be fairly strong if you are using creamer. I too wanted it to taste like it does when i got it from the dunk & donuts and now i have figured it out.

Dec 16, 2013
coffee 'purist'
by: Anonymous

How about what I would call 'cowboy coffee'. When the freshest tastes and looks like dark brown shoe polish. THAT is the real stuff. A purist would not consider DD coffee to BE coffee.

Dec 14, 2013
Pure coffee
by: Anonymous

My coffee has to taste like coffee. Cream in it, but no Irish cream liquor. No flavored coffee either, just pure coffee.

OK you purists, I need cream so don't laugh at not being black coffee.

BTW, I sure like Irish Cream liquor in its own glass...

Dec 14, 2013
Not Rocket science..
by: Anonymous

Not rocket science, but one has to figure in about 6 factors to come up with what tastes good to THEM. I am a cone filter user only when at home. With 2 or 3 white 'cupcake' filters UNDER the basket rather than inside. And I mix two flavors of coffee most of the time.
Back to DD coffee...it's great at the actual shops (they have nasty donuts though! ) but what is packaged at any store as such must be their reject batches.

Dec 13, 2013
Water, Coffee, Coffeemakers, Grocery stores
by: Anonymous

Coffeemakers are mostly all drip nowadays and filtered water is filtered water. None of them will make a difference (other than perhaps speed the water drips through the coffee). We know it has to drip FAST in D.D. stores.

Very hot filtered water doesn't care whether it is at D.D. or at home.

It ALL has to do with either the coffee purchased and/or the creamer used. Nothing else will make a difference. I say again, nothing else will make a difference!

This isn't rocket science, people.

The SAME coffee and SAME creamer in Latvia and in Canada will taste the SAME!

Dec 12, 2013
DD from grocery
by: Anonymous

Like all of the other comments here seem to state...they can't get ANY of the 'for sale to the public' ground DD coffee to taste the same at home. Whether bags from grocery or DD stores. I have heard this complaint for years directly from those who have bought it. As long as people will keep paying $2.00 per small cup the secret will remain so UNLESS you find what factor (coffee machine, water, etc.) makes your host's brewing different from everybody else's in the world.

Dec 07, 2013
DD coffee bags not as good at home
by: Anonymous

I've been buying ground decaf bags at the DD store for years. I was never able to duplicate the taste of the fresh brewed coffee in the store. Recently, I was visiting someone who bought the DD coffee from the supermarket. That coffee tastes exactly like the coffee brewed in the store!! The bag is smaller and has a vent in it. Perhaps it stays fresher. I plan on asking DD what the deal is.

Nov 24, 2013
Starbucks was good...
by: Anonymous

Starbucks was good at one point and for years but then for whatever wasteful reason started having THEIR people make it stronger. No amount of cream would fix it...but I starting asking the 'barristas' to add a good shot of hot water to mine (like 3/4") plus leave room for cream. Then it's like it tasted for years.
Thing is, call me cheap, but be darned if I will pay the going rate for brewed coffee out unless I am desperate. Think of what that adds up to in a year or two vs. making it at home. P.S. Try a $3.75 bag of NEW ENGLAND BRAND hazelnut creme flavored even if you just mix as you use with Colombian or other unflavored types. I recommend it highly.

Nov 23, 2013
I had Dunkin Donut's creamer
by: Anonymous

I was at a health plan seminar today and they had the Dunkin Donut's creamer. The coffee sure did taste a lot more like Dunkin Donut's coffee so I'm thinking it's got a lot to do with their creamer and additive, whatever that is.

I will have to pick up some D.D. creamer at the store.

Nov 19, 2013
rebuttle of a few comments
by: Anonymous

Ok few things...starbucks does not taste better at the store they both are overly strong brewed coffees and no amount of cream can make them taste good...second we have a few gas stations now that carry dunkin donuts coffee and it is exactly the same so the theory of the place is incorrect. But the creamer I have found is almost impossible to find in the store....they do sell it now but hard to locate.....so you almost get the perfect cup at home but its still a little off.....I do know that you need alot more coffee grounds brewed to get the flavor than a normal pot. Good luck and I too am still trying to get the experience in my own home....

Nov 08, 2013
LaNell
by: Anonymous

I had some brought to me by a co-worker 7 years ago and it was really great as it is lately (if fresh). Wonder when they changed? Surely it wasn't better before. So long as not imported from China or Vietnam

Nov 07, 2013
Tase test one of these days
by: Anonymous

The wonderful taste of Dunkin Donut's coffee isn't because of the ambiance of drinking it in Dunkin Donut's.....because...

I always take it with me. PERIOD! It is just a very nice cup of coffee. I still haven't taken a cup of coffee with cream,... then take a second cup, (black), home. I will do my own coffee taste one of these days.

1 cup with their cream....AND
1 cup Black to take home to use my cream. We'll see if it is the coffee or the cream.

Oct 28, 2013
Dunkin Donuts - not the same as it was 20 years ago
by: CB

A few years back, Dunkin Donuts used to buy their beans from a dedicated supplier, but when coffee prices began to rise, they started to buy from different vendors in order to save $$. The blends they now use do not match the coffee of years ago.

Oct 14, 2013
This is getting funny...
by: LaNell Barrett

Ah...the mystery of Dunkin D's coffee is much more real than The Colonel's K-Y-Fried secret herbs and spices. And far more frustrating. And sought after.(This is coming from a Derby City gal who met The Colonel when I was a child (-:)
Bet it is everything from THEIR shop-only packets to the temp of the water TO the water itself. And how about the cream they use. I dare a chemist to analyze DD store bags to a smuggled 'silver pack' from shop version. I'll do a sniff test on the dry grounds and guarantee I could tell.
I would have to do it away from the sickening smell of their donuts...ugh.

Oct 03, 2013
Dunkin Donut Creamer
by: Carla

Walmart now carries Dunkin Donut Creamer in original and three other flavors!

Sep 04, 2013
answer to the Burnt Flavor
by: Anonymous

The coffee was so hot it instantly curdled the creamer. Taste resulting is yuk / burnt. I finally figured this out a week ago. I took it back and had her pour it over a couple ice cubes then add creamer and viola!! The great taste I was searching for.

Jul 14, 2013
It's the cream
by: Ck1

Dunkin donuts uses a light cream called Tuscan. They will tell you that it's made by dunkin donuts but you can buy it at Shoprite.

Apr 22, 2013
append my original post
by: dunkin dude

get you beans whole from a dunkin, the other places that carry the dunkin brand coffee are different beans, and grind them yourself if possible, if not the pre ground will still work just use a little bit more. also the flavor shot is from taylor company

Apr 22, 2013
it can be done! hot or iced
by: dunkin dude

for hot dunkins coffee northeast style
hot water at 200 degrees
medium coarse grind
11 grams coffee to 6 ounces water
use exact measures of sugar or sweetener in teaspoon measurements small 2 tsp. medium 3 tsp. large 4 tsp. xl 5 tsp. cream or milk we use garelick farms light cream and same brand for milk .75 ounce per shot shots equal to sugar amout per cup size. this will get you exact brews and taste as this is how we do it in dunkins. you can even go a step further and pick up empty dunkin cups any size for around .15 cents each in stores

for iced dunkin deliciousness
hot water at 200 degrees
same grind as above but nearly double the amount of coffee to water ratio.
a few ways to achieve this, this is easiest brew a full 10 or 12 cup pot of coffee at the near double ratio get a heat resistant container capable of at least double the volume of your pot now here is gets fun you want to double the volume of brewed coffee with ice and water by about one third water and two thirds ice add ice and water to your container and slowly pour fresh double strength brewed hot coffee into the ice and water wait till ice is melted stirr it well and make an awesome iced dunkin drink at home use the same guidelines as above for cream and sugar.
all of this info can be found by simply asking a dunkin employee, if they have the time and you tipped them im sure they will talk to you about it. thanks and enjoy. mr. j, the dunkin dude.

Apr 21, 2013
Easy vanilla flavored coffee.
by: KansasRascal

Put a few drops of Vanilla Extract in your glass pot before turning on the brewing process. It REALLY does make yer coffee taste like the store-bought Vanilla kind... maybe even better! :)

Apr 21, 2013
Resturant Coffee
by: Mike

Most of the coffees used here in our restaurants is S&D coffee. I have been told this is the same brand that DD uses. But S&D coffee comes in different roasts so I don't know what roast blend they do use. I have now been able to find a web site where the average joe haha pun intended can by S&D coffee by the case like restaurants get. So now I need to figure our what blend of S&D coffee my favorite restaurant uses. I like mine black with just a little sugar.

http://www.sndcoffee.com/

Apr 14, 2013
Coffee or Creamer?
by: Jim

I’m not sure why some people say it is the brewing of the coffee that makes the difference. As far as I know, all commercial coffee is “drip” brewed which means coffee is only filtered, then flows by gravity to the pot.

Any coffee brewer that drips the coffee has to taste the same. The grind of the coffee, the hot water temperature, the purity of the water (charcoal filtered), the coffee quality (Arabica, Robusta) make a difference. There are varieties of Arabica, so just because you have Arabica, doesn’t mean you have the same coffee. Some Arabica is sweet, some tangy, some fruity, and some sugary.

The creamer makes the coffee very different in taste. I am a cream and sugar coffee drinker. Coffee with cream tastes completely different than with half & half. Coffee with Coffeemate or milk is still completely different than the others also. If you don’t believe that, that’s easy to prove in your home environment.

One of these days I will buy a large cup of Dunkin Donuts BLACK coffee, get a copious amount of their cream on the side, and come home and do a 4 cup test, using cream, half & half, and the Dunkin Donuts creamer. I will brew a cup of my coffee also, using D.D. cream. That should settle the answers for me, whether it is the Dunkin Donut’s cream or the Dunkin Donuts coffee.

Apr 13, 2013
Similar Taste to that of commercial Machine
by: omegared378

I bought some Starbucks coffee and some Dunking before. I will admit that the taste is never trully the same as in the store. I noticed when I use the French Press I get a commerical taste from my coffee. I will also admit that Presses leave cafestrol which is really bad for your heart, and that is what commercial machines leave in your coffee too. Therefore keep in mind when you brew coffee it might not taste the same, because the paper filter extracts most of the cafestrol and other components of the coffee which does not get extracted from a commercial brewer. Sometimes I take a paper filter and place it on the bottom of my french press and make my own filtered/ commercial cup that has some of the cafestrol filtered from it. Make sure you do not cut to much paper or you may get it stuck on the sides of the filter.

Mar 26, 2013
What brand of Flavor Shots does Dunkin use?
by: Anonymous

I have tried to duplicate the French Vanilla Iced coffee at home for some time, but nothing really tastes like flavor shots you get at the B&M store. I've tried Monin, Torani, etc...does anyone have any thoughts on this?

Mar 12, 2013
Friend Owns A Dunkin...Heres your REAL Anwser
by: Anonymous

100% for sure....IT IS THE BREWER. I Know someone who owns a dd franchise and my wife managed the place for over a decade. I know its not the answer people want to hear because commercial brewers are expensive..but that is DEFINATELY the answer. At my wifes store they use the EXACT same coffee as they sell in the bags and the sad fact is when she makes it at home it is DEFINATELY different..but if we take some beans from THE SAME BAG and brew it up the street at dd's...BINGO...tastes like it should. Even if you put Maxwell house, through a commercial brewer there will be a WORLD of difference. I have done it. Most owners of a franchise will tell you there is no difference because they want you to buy both- coffee to drink and bagged coffee to take home and make yourself...but we all know they just want your money :) so instead of buying bags and being disappointed...just save up and shell out a couple g's for a commercial brewer.....PROBLEM SOLVED !!!!

Mar 11, 2013
Dunkin
by: Jamie

Brew hot water first in ur coffee pot. Let it go through the
pot and heat itself. The reason it doesn't taste the same is because Dunkin Donuts has their water set to 200 degrees. I know it seems hot but trust me it will be ok. I work at a Dunkin and that's how I know.

Mar 07, 2013
You have changed your coffee!!
by: MWeingrad

I have purchased the same blend ( One Pound size of Ground Original Blend 100% Dunkin Roasted Coffee ) for several years and have enjoyed the mild flavor. Out of the last 5 - One pound bags - purchased over six months, 4 bags contain product that do not smell like coffee; have a bitter taste when brewed using the same brew machine; and appear to be a finer grind size. I'm ready to go back to Maxwell House.

Mar 01, 2013
for the last time - THE BEANS ARE DIFFERENT!
by: MOT

It's been my opinion for a long time now that the beans they sell in the retail package are NOT the same beans that are supplied to the Dunkin' Donut franchises.

I recently switched from the orange retail bag and tried buying the pre-packaged one pound retail (brown and yellow) bag at a Dunkin' Donut store. NO DIFFERENCE IN THE TASTE....

*SO* I bribed the girl behind the counter with a nice tip and she sold me one of the plain wrapper silver bags of coffee that they use in the store. I took it home, grinded up some beans and made a fresh cup in my french press. It is a **SIGNIFICANTLY** different taste than the retail beans!

In all fairness, it did not taste exactly like the DD shop cup does...HOWEVER, it was MUCH, MUCH smoother...in comparison the retail bag coffee tastes acidic and bitter. THE BEANS ARE DEFINITELY DIFFERENT!!

Lastly, based on my "first cup" experience with the beans from the silver bag, I think through some experimentation (water temp, grind time, etc) that I will be able to make it take extremely close (if not exactly like) a cup purchased at DD.

There is absolutely no question here that THE BEANS ARE DIFFERENT.

Feb 25, 2013
Brew Master
by: Paul W.

To make a great cup of coffee buy the whole bean. Grind the bean for 20 or 22 seconds depending on your grinder. Look on the bag to get measurement per cup and after you've made it make sure you use it less than 20 minutes... The coffee makers hot plate will burn the coffee after 18-20 minutes. If you have a thermist you will increase the life twice as long. However if you want a great cup of coffee throw it down the drain after 18 minutes and make fresh. Use spring water to make it.

Dec 10, 2012
Burnt Flavor
by: Chris

Sometimes when I order a Plain coffee cream n sugar it tastes the best, like I always want it to taste. Other times it tastes Burnt! It has a distinct burnt flavor ocassionally. Maybe I need to ask for a fresh pot everytime to get the consistancy that would keep me coming back. I will try this method and re-post later with my findings.

Dec 09, 2012
DD coffee employee.
by: Anonymous

The main things that can change the taste are, the amount of cream you use, we use half and half, and 2oz for a small, 3 for medium and so on. Then the sugar, 2tbsp for a small 3 for medium ect. Then flavor, if you get a syrup flavor, it will taste more like a creamer you have at home, a flavor shot you need to add about 3 sugars to your size coffee. And the beans need to be whole and freshly ground right before you brew. Water at about 200* grinds corse. And don't let it sit, after 15 min, it's lost it's freshness.

Dec 01, 2012
cream
by: Anonymous

Mine taste the same to me. I use real cream in mine and get the same flavor.

Nov 19, 2012
DD Coffee
by: Anonymous

The Dunkin Donuts coffee you buy in the store comes from JM Smuckers, while the coffee in the DD coffee shop/restaurant comes from someone else. Does anyone know who produces the coffee brewed the in restaurants?

Nov 08, 2012
Donut Shop K-Cups Pretty Close
by: Will

I have a DD next to my office and when I make coffee at home I can replicate the taste pretty closely to the point that it is indiferent to me by using the Donut Shop K-Cup in my Keuring machine on the highest water temp setting and largest cup setting using a generous amount of half and half (milk or fat free half and half will not cut it), and about two slightly heaping teaspons of sugar. I have not tried the DD K-Cups that they only seem to sell in the a DD so I can't comment on those since they cost a lot more than going to a Costco and buying the Donut Shop K-Cups there.

Oct 28, 2012
Beans are NOT the Same
by: FuzzyK

My wife bought the orange bag (retail grocery store) whole bean, regular roast because she got a good deal on-line. The beans are so weak! Folgers, Millstone and DD in the orange bag are all owned by J.M Smucker (acquired from former owner, Procter & Gamble). DD only licenses the NAME to be used - no one ever said they are the SAME beans! I bet the DD coffee is the same as (or at least made side-by-side with) Folgers and Millstone. Not very good company to aspire to!
Think about it - if you were a big corporate food manufacturer like Smucker of P&G wouldn't you just slap different labels on what are pretty much the same thing? OK, maybe Millstone and DD brands get the slightly better grade, and the garbage is left for Folgers.
You want good coffee? Buy Eight O'Clock 100% Columbian Whole bean if the big bag from BJs, etc., and grind it yourself at home. Use the proper amount, and you can't beat it - especially for the price!

Sep 21, 2012
In addition to table cream...
by: Jennifer

Also, I always add salt and a tiny bit of fresh ground nutmeg. I've heard that baking soda also works to take out the bitterness.
Try the nutmeg. Surprisingly good.

Sep 21, 2012
It's the cream!!
by: Jennifer

My husband and I were taking turns each morning driving at 5:30 to pick up 2 extra large coffees, extra cream and extra sugar. This was becoming expensive at $5/day! So, I decided we had to make a change.
I bought a small bag of DD coffee and brewed a pot each morning for about a week. It never really hit the spot, always left me craving a "real" cup. So, we caved and went back in for about one month, until....
A lady who works there told me that they use table cream. We had been using whole milk.
So today I bought table cream at our local Safeway. It's Lucerne, which is their brand, but it's the only one sold. In fact, we have 4 grocery stores in our town and they are the only store that sells it. It is sold by the pint, and costs the same as a gallon of milk, $2.99.
It made ALL the difference. I'm loving a cup as we speak. I will never, ever go back.

Sep 02, 2012
coarse grind
by: Anonymous

Too coarse of a grind in a drip machine will make weak coffee, but a slighter coarser (rather than fine grind) will produce a smoother, less acid brew.

The real key that you've hit on is the amount of coffee used. At 11 grams per 6 oz of water (good ratio), you're talking about more than 3.75 oz of coffee per 60 oz pot of coffee. That's about twice the amount of coffee that most consumers use.

You've chosen a realistic load to produce a quality cup of brew. You've further chosen to use more coffee with a coarser grind for a smoother, less acidic brew.

You're using a quality grinder (although you don't mention which model, your brand sells $125 to $575 models).

Most consumers would not choose the coarser grind at the sacrifice of using even more premium coffee. Your info is correct ..... but the most important info for the sake of this topic is your ratio ..... most consumers are using far too little coffee and expecting good results.

The 'taste' that readers here are looking for, can be achieved using a standard drip grind, but they still have to use more coffee.

If they want the ultimate in their brew, a slighter coarser grind will yield an even smoother cup.

Aug 31, 2012
It does!
by: Bellini Dream

I make Dunkin Donuts at home and it tastes the same as from their stores. The brewer I use is a Bunn A-10. I use 11 grams of coffee per 6 ounces of water. The big secret is the grind of the coffee. It needs to be fairly coarse. I asked my local Dunkin Donuts to show me coffee fresh ground in the store to get an idea about the correct coarseness - this was most helpful. I use a Baratza grinder - it took trial and error to get it just right. The coffee needs to be much coarser than what is sold in the pre-ground bags.

Aug 21, 2012
Why doesn't Dunkin Donut coffee taste the same at home?
by: Thomas lewis

It could be that in your area they use cream in their coffee,experiment with different strengths and water,tap water is some areas is terrible.I use bottled water or filtered from the frig.Its taste the same when everything is right.good luck

Aug 15, 2012
Foodservice vs Retail
by: Anonymous

My wife used to work at S.L. which supplied all the foodservice coffee for Dunkin Donuts. It's different manufacturers. Kraft makes the retail version.

Aug 12, 2012
dunkin donuts employee
by: Anonymous

Hi, I work at a Dunkin Donuts, and one of the main reasons may be that we actually grind the coffee beans at the store that go into each coffee, whereas the coffee grinds that you buy at Dunkin Donuts are packaged in a factory and are distributed all around the country. We get about 10 giant bags of beans (I'm not sure the exact quantity but each bag weighs about 3 pounds) at my small store. Also, if you order a coffee with, lets say french vanilla, we put a liquid, calorie free shot of artificial french vanilla flavor in the cup along with sugar, or sweet & low or equal, or splenda, or whatever you prefer. and the cream that we use is just garillick farms cream that gets delivered to us via delivery truck, same goes for the whole milk and skim. I'm not sure if its different depending on where you live, but I know that in the Boston area that is where we get our dairy products. I know this is a little wordy but I hope it helps! :)

Aug 09, 2012
..Correction
by: Jim M

..That should read 200 degrees for water temp on my August 5th post. SORRY!

Aug 05, 2012
Here's the Deal
by: Jim M.

So heres the deal.. I like most that have read this form ama HUGE fan of DD. Particulary the coffee. I take mine with cream & sugar. SO..IF you do the same everything you read in this plays a part of. MOST IMPORTANTLY and again IF you also use Cream ..DD's cream is different!! Its also high in fat..Ohh well I say its good!!

So heres what I suggest if you choose to home brew. Buy your beans from DD NOT a grocery store!! They are different(those are run by Folgers) Brew water to 100 degrees..grind beans corse right before brew.. and of course establish some kind of relation with employees of your local DD so they will give you a LG cup or so of there cream because they WONT give it up willingly!! Good Luck All!! If you dont take my word for this..try it..then voice your opinion (Ohio)

Jul 27, 2012
Must be different coffee or their creamer
by: Jim

I used boiling water slowly poured into the coffee maker filter area with the Dunkin Donut coffee from Walmart and it still didn’t taste like from the D.D. shop. It must either be different coffee or the D.D. creamer, and not the water temperature.

Jul 27, 2012
D.D. Coffee & Creamer Test
by: Jim

I love D.D. coffee and have read most the articles here. My thoughts would be to buy a cup of black D.D. coffee, and then ask them to put the creamer separate.

Take home and split the coffee into two parts, putting half the creamer into one cup of D.D. coffee and put your normal creamer in the other cup. Do a taste test and it would tell you if it is ‘the coffee or the creamer’.

Secondly, if you have D.D. coffee from the grocery store, brew some using filtered boiling water (212 degrees) and pour it gently into the coffee filter containing the coffee in the coffee machine (some here said it was because of the hotter water that the coffee makes a difference). A coffee maker is a coffee maker. All it does is pour sparingly the filtered water over the coffee grinds .… period, although some have different hot water temperatures. I will do all this ASAP for my own knowledge. I figured it was the creamer until people said the coffee is different. These tests will give the answer.

Jul 22, 2012
Creamer
by: Mike

Also the creamer Dunkin Donuts uses makes a HUGE difference. Some (but few) Dunkin Donuts stores will sell a half gallon of their creamer. Mine does for $4 and it's a great deal! Sooooo good & makes all the difference!

Jun 07, 2012
dd stronge french vanilla coffee
by: Anonymous

i wen out and brought a keurig brewing and brought at dd their coffee and it came out stronge and no tasta of cream

May 13, 2012
`IT DOES WITH A KEURIG`
by: Anonymous

I use dd whole beans.Grind coarse in a regular grinder. A touch of salt,purified water and light cream. The keurig is a must.

May 08, 2012
perfect
by: Anonymous

I use the Keruig coffee maker and it taste exactly like the store

Apr 21, 2012
Secret for a perfect match. DD coffee, store/home.
by: Marc

1. Coarse grind beans at home.
2. Let boiling water sit for 2 mins before pouring into French Press.
3. half and half cream
4 whip cream on top.

Apr 01, 2012
Why does Dunkin D's coffe taste better than home brewed
by: KansasKid

I worked in a college cafeteria as a food service employee. When ever we would make a pot of coffee we were told to add a few drops of pure vanilla extract to the empty pot. I was told that this reduced some of the bitterness and enhances the taste. Surprisingly your taste buds barely notice the subtle vanilla taste, but your brain does take notice. Helps the aroma, too.

Mar 31, 2012
Dunkin' Donuts coffee
by: Anonymous

Water filtration. Every coffee maker at every DD store has a water filtration filter on it. It is about 6 inches long and right in the water line just before it gowes into the maker. They change them regularly.

Mar 13, 2012
Creme?? Really??
by: Anonymous

Yes, freshness is a critical element, but by itself will not produce a quality cup of coffee. You can have beans roasted that day and ground 2 minutes before brewing and if the other factors are off enough, you'll still have bad coffee.

We talk about 'bad' water. Here's an example of extremes that are critical factors. We've discussed that if you have crappy tasting water, such as heavily chlorinated tap water, it will translate to bad tasting coffee. I've read discussions (like this one) about people that will take that little tidbit of info and go out and buy bottled distilled water, because that's the 'purest' that you can buy. Distilled water w/o the proper ph, minerals, etc. CANNOT PROPERLY EXTRACT what's necessary to brew a good cup of coffee. We're not talking the difference between good and great - it just can't extract enough to make an even acceptable cup of coffee.

Comments about 'commercial' brewers: Bull crap. The difference in a commercial brewer and a decent home brewer is the ability to reheat water more quickly to make large amounts of coffee continually and more substantial components so that they last longer under constant use.

Fact is, you can use a pour over cone filter, such as Melitta makes and pour your own heated water through it and make a great cup of coffee. I do it every day.

Creme and sugar????? Let's get real. This is a thread about how to brew a good cup of coffee with the same results as in a coffee shop, not about completely masking the coffee with sugar, creme and flavored creamers. That's just just plain stupid. The more you 'flavor' your coffee, the less and less important good brewed coffee becomes.

Before you flame away, drink your coffee how ever you like it, but please don't confound a serious discussion about brewing a great tasting cup of coffee with how you plan to flavor it.

That's like going to Ruth Chris steak house and commenting on how wonderful your steak is after covering the steak with half a bottle of ketchup or steak sauce. You never got to actually taste the steak.

Mar 06, 2012
The definitive answer.
by: Anonymous

I drink DD at home and at work (industrial coffee maker) and it's never the same as when you buy it from them. My friends husband came home with DD and realized they didn't add the cream and sugar. My friend said, no problem; I'll doctor it up, but it didn't taste the same. We knew it had to be the cream. I read all the answers here and based on her experience we tried the 18% cream. What a difference. That made it for us. Forget the fancy makers and presses. Not all stores carry it and in some it may be labeled as table cream. It falls in between half&half and whipping cream as far as fat content. You could probably even use whipping cream for the same taste.

Mar 06, 2012
The definitive answer.
by: Anonymous

There's no doubt that the temperature, coffee maker, fresh ground beans, etc. make a difference, but if you don't have the fancy equipment, the easiest way to get your DD coffee made at home to taste more like the store is the the 18% cream as someone else wrote. My friends husband brought coffee home from DD and realized they forgot to put in the cream and sugar. She put in cream and sugar from home and she said it did not tast the same. When I read the advice from this website we tried it and sure enough it made a huge difference. 18% cream is basically light whipping cream. It falls somewhere in between half & half and whipping cream as far as the % of fat. Not every store carries it; some containers it's labeled as table cream. You could probably even use whipping cream to get the same taste.

Feb 27, 2012
Different Answer
by: Isaias

The machines they have work differently than the ones you have at home... they have powerfull machines that heat up and work better than the ones we have. No wonder they are more espensive machines :)....

Feb 21, 2012
Wild Goose Chase
by: Chris

While many have theories that the taste is different for one reason or another, the MAJOR difference is freshness.

The minute coffee is roasted, it degrades. If you buy ground coffee, it is already stale according to quality standards as it takes weeks and sometimes more for the supply chain to get that bag into your hands. Buy whole bean, grind it yourself, and you will notice a difference. Even then, the whole beans have degraded as it takes weeks from roaster to your home.

The ideal decision is to buy from a local roaster. Yes, some of the theories have merit but the fact is a good bean that is fresh is the way to go.

Go fresh or go home! LOL

Hope that helps my fellow coffee lovers!

Feb 21, 2012
I love DD coffee
by: Melissa

This is ridiculous...even the Keurig DD pods makes terrible coffee.

Feb 20, 2012
brewing tips
by: Anonymous

Read about how to make coffee from a reputable source. This site has those resources. Another is Sweet Maria's.

Always buy quality freshly roasted whole beans, not ground beans. Store in an air tight container, but still only buy what you will use in a week or two.

Grind beans just prior to brewing and it must be the correct grind for your brewing method. A decent grinder will run you $65-100.

Use good water. If it doesn't taste good as water, your coffee won't taste good either. Water stripped of all minerals, such as distilled water, will not allow proper extraction and will make horrible coffee.

Proper water temperature is critical. 197-205 for most brewing methods.

Proper extraction time. Most brewers don't allow you to control this except thru the grind, which makes the choice of a reputable coffee maker important.

The most common mistake of poor tasting coffee at home is not using enough coffee. Experiment with the amount of coffee and the grind to get what you like.

Serve yourself a small cup (4-5 oz) without a lid. The aroma is a major part of your tasting experience and small portions give you fresh and hot coffee. If you use a lid, you need richer or stronger coffee to give you the same taste as without a lid when you can smell it.

Feb 11, 2012
Closest I have ever gotten...
by: Howie

So, for years, I have been trying to replicate the dunkin donuts coffee taste at home. This morning I got the closest I ever have. This is what I did:

1) Bought whole beans from dunkin donuts
2) Poured 7 scoops into my Capresso grinder (set on the most coarse setting)
3)Poured 8 cups of hot water (just before it boils) into my french press
4) Let the coffee sit for 5 minutes before pressing

Try it. I'd be curious what you think.....
I've tried it with the grinds in my drip coffee maker for years and it never tasted that good. This week I finally bought a coffee grinder, and it makes the coffee taste so much better!

Jan 27, 2012
the trick to at home DD coffee
by: Val

I agree with adding the soda, I thought it was wierd, but what the heck, I have a whole Costco sized bag of coffee. I just add a pinch and mix it into my grounds...What a difference! Thanks for sharing the fireman secret!!!

Jan 20, 2012
the scam
by: George Hayden

it's not the same beans. they're cheaper and scam the DD customers into thinking it's the same. & that the taste at home is our fault. Bullshit !!!

Jan 08, 2012
D&D Coffee
by: Capman911

I tried adding a sprinkle of salt to the coffee being brewed. It brought out the flavor but not the bitterness. So I remembered when I was a firefighter we would put a dash of soda in the tea we would make for lunch and dinner to take out the bitterness. So I tried a small sprinkle of soda on top of the fresh grounds in the filter and let the hot water pour over the fresh coffee. When I drank my first cup, then the whole pot I knew I had found my secret to a better cup of D&D coffee for me. There is not any bitterness only smooth flavorful coffee. I hope this works for those who want to try a small sprinkle of soda with their nixture.

Jan 07, 2012
If you want your Coffee to taste like Dunkin...
by: Anonymous

If you want your coffee to taste like Dunkin buy the coffee from the Dunkin Donuts store its the real deal. DO NOT buy the ORANGE labeled Dunkin Donuts coffee from your local grocery store or warehouse store as these are not the same beans/roast used in Dunkin Donuts coffee!!! Try it you will be surprised.

Dec 19, 2011
Simply Cheap Coffee
by: Jo Ann

I've never had coffee at a DD shop but I got suckered-in by the TV-commercial and bought a 40oz bag of DD Original Blend at Costco. The very first pot of coffee after opening the bag (1.5 tbsp : 6 oz purified water) was terrible!

I know that the problem is not the temperature of the water as my Cuisinart (Drip) makes terrific coffee when using freshly ground Peet's beans (which btw only requires 1 tbsp : 6 oz water)!

I can only conclude that the packaged (ground) DD coffee is the problem, pure and simple!

Dec 06, 2011
Capman911
by:

I have a commercial grade Bunn coffee maker in my kitchen thanks to a friend who owns a restaurant. I have tried different brands of coffee in it but I can't get the same taste as if I was at a DD or restaurant. I have adjusted the temp up higher and went by the directions on the bag, but to no avail. I haven't tried adding a dash of salt to the fresh coffee yet so that will be my next experiment. My friend gave me a bag of S&D coffee to try and that was the taste I was looking for. But the average joe (no pun intended) lol can't buy S&D coffee. Since S&D makes DD coffee I will have to keep trying for that wonderful eye opening cup of java.

Nov 11, 2011
Know what you're buying.
by: Anonymous

There are two different versions of the Dunkin Donuts Coffee which you can buy - there's the version made by Dunkin, which you can buy at Dunkin Donuts locations or on their website - the package looks like this:
http://media.lunch.com/d/d7/514718.jpg

Then there's the one that they sell at grocery store s- it comes in a bright orange package like this: http://www.globalgiants.com/archives/fotos3/PROCTER-GAMBLE-DONUTS.jpg

The ones in the orange package are made by J.M. Smucker Company. Don't buy these ones. You won't be able to get the real Dunkin taste out of them.

Nov 06, 2011
Not the same, but not bad
by: Me

Yeah, didn't taste quite the same at home, but not bad at all. It's not the environment, as someone suggested, because I always go through Dunkin Donuts drive thru and take their coffee to work. And believe me, work environment is no picnic. I do think it has a lot to do with the cream they use. Love it, but not worth the very high price for me. Back to Maxwell House at home and Dunkin Donuts when I get there before work!

Nov 01, 2011
Get a Bunn coffee maker
by: Anonymous

its your coffee maker and the cream you use,
get a bunn it put out water fast at 200 degrees like they do at the dunkin donuts, and at dunkin donuts they use 18% milk fat cream, Deans makes this cream it can be found in some stores, in illinois you can find this cream at jewel or dominicks, i asked dunkin donuts to sell me their cream a few have but normally they wont, but it says right on the label 18%. and if you dont use cream the bunn is all you need, it makes all coffees taste better,

Sep 30, 2011
Coffee Changed
by: Sybil Hilton

I bought you coffee after a few months and the aroma and taste definitly isn`t as good, My husband and I used to by your coffee at Sam`s and the grocery store and it was very good. I bought some yesterday and brewed it this morning and it wasn`t like it used to be. We never go to resturants where they serve your coffee, so it isn`t the same.

Aug 24, 2011
Why!
by: Anonymous

The real question is why would anyone want their coffee at home to taste as bad as Dunkin Donuts does???

Aug 17, 2011
DD coffee
by: Anonymous

If you add a little salt to the grinds before you brew it, it also brings out the flavor

Aug 07, 2011
What Blend?
by: Anonymous

Which Snd Coffee blend matches the DnD Original Medium Roast?

Aug 02, 2011
Dunkin Donut coffee from S&D Coffee, Inc.
by: Coffee Addict

Aug 2011: Dunkin Donuts coffee is manufactured by S&D Coffee, Inc. 300 Concord Parkway, So., Concord, NC 28027 Approved Supplier# 0094

See http://www.sndcoffee.com

I worked in a DD shop and this is printed on the label of every box that arrives with pre-packaged coffee in it.

Here's a photo of the shipping box label:
http://i1230.photobucket.com/albums/ee497/Some1UDoKnow/IMG_0190.jpg

Jun 29, 2011
Hot Water!
by: Anonymous

I was told that it is a different brand so you will never be able to duplicate the taste. If customers stop coming to the shop to buy coffee they will go out of business.

Be careful some dunkin donuts dilute their coffee in the store to strech the dollar. So if you coffee has been tasting alot like hot water that's because it is .

Apr 26, 2011
Getting Dunkin Donuts Coffee taste exact at home
by: Buzz

The way to exact the Dunkin Donut Coffee is quite easy:
Here is how it is done.

1. Brewing Temperature - Must be 196 degrees
Get a Bunn VPR commercial Coffee maker.

2. Scoop (8) 1 and 1/2 scoops of Dunkin Donut coffee (Original blend)

Walaah!!! You will have it.

I transplanted from New England to Texas and had
to learn it myself. Been enjoying DD Coffee correctly for awhie now.


Feb 20, 2011
Duncan Donuts
by: friendlyman4349

I bought a Technivorm Moccamaster to brew my Duncan Donuts Coffee. First I tend to agree that even this machine does not reach the optimum temperature for brewing the coffee. I am intrigued that the coffee beans purchased are not even the same as the store used ones. Bottom line another mystery of life.

Feb 18, 2011
ADD MORE COFFEE
by: Amarial

Sorry to scream, but I just brewed a pot of DD with my old school Mr. Coffee coffeepot and when I (believe it or not, folks) followed the directions on the bag (ratio of 1.5 tablespoons to 6 oz of water), I made the best darn coffee I've ever made, and I may or may not be known in my family for my Midas touch with the ol' coffee pot.

Directions. They work... <-- you know the rest.

Jan 27, 2011
DD Store Brand not the same
by: Anonymous

The DD store brand is not the same bean origin as the Franchise shops brew. I have a friend in the wholesale coffee trade and he claims that Folgers grinds the store blend for them to their (DD)recipe. The Franchise store coffee is whole arabica bean and freshly ground, but much different than the grocery store bagged bean or grind coffee. All the nonsense about trying to duplicate franchise brewing is impossible with the grocery store recipe.

Jan 16, 2011
They are not the same beans
by: Derrick

http://www.dunkinathome.com/frequently-asked-questions.aspx

note the answer to question #3. it is neither a denial nor an affirmation, which of course means it is a denial. the coffee sold in stores is not the same. it is packaged and manufactured by a different company with the consent of dunkin donuts. they specifically say that it is blended to taste like the store version. if it was the store version, they wouldn't have to blend it to make it taste like itself.

if the answer to the question was "yes", they would have said so. their roundabout answer proves that they are not the same beans. since this question has been floating around for over a year on this site, i hope that this answer can put it to rest.

TLDR; stop trying all kinds of weird brewing processes to get your coffee to taste like the store version -- the beans are different.

Jan 06, 2011
prefer home brew
by: Anonymous

I actually think DD coffee tastes burnt every time I have ever had it. I have never had a commercial coffee that tastes as good as home brew. I worked at a small independant coffee shop for a year and we made a decent cup there. And my parents are regular DD drinkers on the go, always compliment my coffee I serve at home. taste is in balance of grounds to water and how fresh you serve it. DD is so hot coming over the counter that I feel that is what is making it taste bad, or the pre-measured packets they quickly toss in to mass produce all day may have a thing or two towards why i cant seam to enjoy a cup. will force it down for the caffine, but always look forward to my first cup at home.

Dec 25, 2010
I concur with WDL from Buffalo
by: Anonymous

WDL is right, read the post below; temp-full pot-bunn vp-17 (or similar bunn) Bunn's have thermostat so you can increase it if need be.

Dec 06, 2010
DD Coffee from an owner.
by: Mike

I used to own a Dunkin Donut Franchise about 10 years ago. Back then we used the same beans to make our coffee as what we would sell to the customer. We would actually take the beans and grind them for our customer from our own grinder. Dunkin has standards set in place for the grind...it has to be so coarse and the weight has to be exact. District managers go around and check to make sure the grind is to spec. Secondly, it has to be brewed at 210 degrees...they would check this as well. Most home brewers only heat the water to about 160 degrees. Thus you are not extracting all of the flavor from the beans. Nowadays, I even go to dunkin to buy their coffee. It now comes in a pre-sealed bag. It probably gets bought this way and sold this way...so it MAY not be the same...exactly....BUT...I still think it mainly has to do with the temperature. A french press or a perc. is probably the best bet to get the closest taste as possible.

Dec 05, 2010
Got " the way".
by: Anonymous

The beans and ground in super market chains are from a different than the ones you can get at Duncan donuts. I bought whole beans from dd and bought a inexpensive spice grinder, bout 10 dlr. I keep some in jar on counter at room temp and bag in fridge. I grind just prior to brewing and use 1 tbsp per 6 oz of water. I use coffeemate Italian sweet cream and sugar to taste and it comes remarkably close to dd. Ask your local dd store for tips. I have found this to be as close as possible. Good luck and happy brewing.

Nov 29, 2010
DD We Love You!
by: CoffeePro

It's all about water temperature! Want to make good DD coffee? I bought a $130 coffee maker with thermal carafe and the coffee was just not hot enough and it tasted bad. I whipped out my old camping percolator and cooked up a batch of DD on the stove and its damn near perfect! I use sweet n low for the sugar and mini moos half and half for the cream. Also using the DD from the grocery store in the 12oz bag and its pretty much identical to what I get at the local DD. The trick is, once the water starts to perk turn the heat down to low...like #3 or so and let it perk for about 6 mins like that. This way the coffee doesnt get burnt but its piping hot. A decent percolator is probably $15!!! Pour and enjoy!

Oct 06, 2010
NOT THE SAME
by: Anonymous

the DD coffee you buy is not the same.they are made from junk trade beans-they are not true arabica beans.a friend i know gave me some of the coffee she uses in the dd store she works in-i brewed it at home in my $20.00 mr coffee cheap machine and it taste just like the coffee i get at the dd counter.the coffee grounds i bought from the same store taste strong and bitter.try it - see if im not right.gotta be friendly with the person behind the counter,most regular customers are.oh and tip good.

Oct 05, 2010
Hot Water
by: Anonymous

I have heard this also, and would love to know how to make it hotter?

Sep 02, 2010
Here's what a DD store manager said about why their version tastes better than the home version...
by: Anonymous

I was told at one DD store that the difference was that they brew the coffee in hotter water than we are able to with our home coffee makers. Has anyone else heard or tried this?

Aug 11, 2010
I miss Dunks!
by: Anonymous

I moved from Boston to LA 7 months ago and have had MAJOR DD withdrawal. I've been using the bagged stuff but I just can't get it right either! However, I do believe the measurements suggested on the bag are a little stronger than the actual stuff in stores. And I've got to agree that some DDs make better coffee than others. Sorry, but Massachusetts makes the best! I went to college in CT in theirs wasn't very good and don't even get me started on Dunks in NYC!

Jul 22, 2010
What does the bag look like?
by: Anonymous

I used to get DD coffee from the drive thru in maine almost everyday. When I moved to the mid-west, I found out there were no dunkin donuts in the state. I bought a bag of ground coffee at target and found it was packaged in a different state than the coffee i used to get back home. I now get REAL DD coffee sent to me from maine. The real stuff comes in a 1lb brown colored bag. The FAKE stuff at target and grocery stores comes in a 12oz orange bag. Buyer Beware!

Jun 29, 2010
Bunn Commercial Coffee Brewer
by: WDL from Buffalo

The problem is the coffee brewer!
I have had the same problem trying to make the coffee the same as the donut shop and it never tasted the same until I bought a Bunn Commercial Coffee Brewer. Bunn also makes a home version that makes coffee taste better than most home brewers but the commercial brewer does the trick. The other thing is to make a full pot because the brewing process is different when you make a partial pot. I believe the coffee companies process there coffees to taste best with these type of coffee makers. Most of the restaurants use these type of coffee makers.
Mr Coffee brewers of years ago, made some of the best tasting coffee. When they changed the brewers to the cheap newer style heaters, they gave up a great coffee brewer. I know because I did an a/b comparison taste test at a party and everyone agreed that the older brewer won hands down over the new brewer with the cheaper newer heater. This newer style heater is used by most coffee brewers that are made for the home today because they are cheap to make and they are high volume affordable for the majority of people.
I hope this helps for your understanding and may you find your great taste at home.

Jun 07, 2010
it's different..
by: Stakeout

I've been saying this for many years...

just did a taste test at home.. went out and bought a cup of DD regular coffee.. black no sugar.. the way I always get it.. brewed some DD coffee we got in the bag... no comparison... the bagged coffee tastes like regular coffee .. no matter who bags it... the DD already made coffee in a cup I just bought smells and tastes totally different.. roasted... maybe some chicory added as my wife suggested..

all I'll say is... I consider myself a 'professional DD coffee' kinda guy.. used to be a cop and lived on that stuff for 20 years before I retired... DD rules :)


May 26, 2010
This may work for you:
by: Matt

Hi! For some reason I thought I was the only person who felt this way about store-bought Dunkin Donuts coffee. I remember the first time I brought it home from the store, I was so excited thinking "Yes! I don't have to run to DD down the street every morning now!" Well, as we all have discovered, I was wrong. It's just not the same. I tried the DD coffee in several different types of coffee makers, ranging from an expensive drip coffee maker to a french press to a perculator. I personally like the perculator the best- it makes the coffee very hot, but it does seem to "boil away" some of the taste. So, after what I would call "years" of trying to perfect my at-home coffee, here's my 3 tips for what I consider to be the best cup you can make:
1) Obviously, buy the beans, keep the bag air-tight, and grind just before you're going to make coffee.
2.) Use a starbucks coffee maker. (They don't have their own brand, but you can find their suggestions online.) I used to go to my one friend's house for brunch every week, and his coffee maker, by far, was the best I ever had at home.
3) Use half and half for sure! If you go into a Dunkin Donuts- they actually use a light creamer! I don't like to use that every day because it is fattening, but, if you really like the DD flavor, you may want to go with it! AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST- I don't use sugar in my coffee. Just cream. BUT, I started putting just a bit of BROWN SUGAR in my coffee- I mean less than half a teaspoon, and it works! It doesn't give it that extra-sweet taste like white sugar, but it gives the coffee just a bit of extra richness, and it takes away the bitter edge! Try it! You'll be surprised!

May 25, 2010
DUNKIN DISHWATER
by: Anonymous

Don't drink DD if you want to drink dishwater. Go to some place like Peets or Intelligentsia or another place that uses decent beans. Today I tried the dark roast iced and it tasted like weak stale water with a tiny bit of acrid aftertaste. YUCK

Apr 14, 2010
wouldnt it be just cheaper too....
by: Anonymous

Wouldn't just be cheaper in the long run just to buy the coffee made already thru DD drive thru ... Then wasting all your money on all the equipment.

Mar 13, 2010
to the pastry chef
by: Anonymous

not sure where you received your training, but coffee making and roasting was a part of my pastry training.... the first thing that we were taught....NEVER put your beans in the freezer.

having worked for the producer of the coffee that goes into the bags for dunkin donuts i can assure you that the recipe for the blend of various arabica beans and roasting time is a closely guarded formula, the beans are 100% arabica and no robusta is even near the processing plant.

the bags of coffee for use by the dunkin facility and smaller 1lb bags for sale in the dunkin shops are produced by the same company, while the dunkin coffee produced for retail grocery stores and warehouse clubs are produced by a competitor who is also a major player in the coffee industry. can't verify what the retail formula for roasting and blending is against the corporate recipe for the dunkin shops.

it's all about water temp, the freshness of the beans, the purity of the water to start with and the cleanliness of the brewing machine. the ratio of grounds to ounces of water is also a factor. instead of measuring with a scoop, weigh your coffee out and measure the water carefully. a coffee cup is a 6oz measure not 8oz measure, for those of you not brewing with a coffee maker.

it is also about when and how the beans are ground. a burr grinder is the prefered method, it pulverizes the beans as opposed to shredding & then turning the granuals into dust. the beans should be ground immediatly before use, as they begin to stale within 10 minutes of grinding unless vacuum packed into individual brewing sized packages. the finer the grind the faster the brewing method, ie drip needs a finer grind than a french press.

and yes finally, the freshness of the cream or half and half is also a factor... it's all about the butterfat content as well and the mouthfeel that comes from it.... that's why skim milk rarely satisfies a diehard "boston" drinker. the same with eating that ben and jerry's compared to the generic "ice milk" in the grocer's freezer... a small taste of ben and jerry's or any other premium ice cream is more than worth a large bowl of fluffed up air generic "ice cream" from the grocer... the mouth feel is missing and no matter how much generic you eat, it usually doesn't satisfy the craving like the premium stuff.

the cups, that's probably more in folks minds than anything else, a coffee taster will still use a bone china cup to slurp and taste before they spit it out.... have never seen anything else used.


Feb 24, 2010
brewing DD at home
by: Anonymous

I worked at (original Quincy,MA) Dunk's while in college (twenty years ago) and often tried to brew at home. Back then, we sold a bag of beans from the same bags we used in the shop, so I was positive there was no difference in the beans. It became an obsession, with family and friends-we tried different coffee pots, spring water, different filters, even the Dunk's cream and milk (and cups!). We never could do it. I really believe the styrofoam cup makes a difference in the taste (I prefer it even though it's probably from some chemical!). I think the person who said the water temperature makes a difference is probably right. I never tried this, but I know my mother claims it makes a big difference in brewing tea. I have also found that Dunk's coffee tastes much better if you leave it in the fridge overnight and reheat it in the microwave. Everyone thinks I'm crazy until they try it. I wish I could be more helpful, but I just wanted people to be assured that Dunk's isn't switching the beans around (or at least they weren't twenty years ago!-lol). Best of luck.
PS
Does anyone notice the difference in certain Dunk shops? I will drive out of my way to go to certain shops that have a smoother taste. My husband and kids think this is crazy, but I can taste the difference. I haven't ever been able to figure it out.

Dec 28, 2009
Tastes Like Dishwater
by: Wisedupinphilly

We've tried brewing this at home for years. We've also had discussions at work with others trying to achieve that in store taste. We all agree that the in store coffee tastes much different than anything any of us have achieved at home, no matter what methods we've tried. To me, this bagged coffee tastes like insipid brown dish water. My husband and I are convinced that this is a SCAM! Dunkin Donut's cannot possibly be selling the same coffee that you get brewed at the counter. It's like they put their name and reputation on a bag of dried cow dung.

Dec 21, 2009
It IS the water temp.
by: Ben

I brew my D&D coffee at work in a $15 Proctor Silex coffee maker, with standard cheapo filters. I use spring water from our cooler.

I've discovered that it tastes different when I use the COLD spring water vs the hot water from the hot tap on the spring water cooler. I had a great cup last night from the store, and then this morning had one that tasted exactly the same made from grounds from a one pound bag of D&D grounds purchased at the grocery store.

Dec 16, 2009
DUNKIN DONUTS COFFEE AT HOME
by: Anonymous

I've searched for 2 years for a coffmaker that duplicates the store flavor. I bought a technivorm first for $250, which was a waste. It totally ruined the taste. I just bought a BUNN NHXB for a 100 bucks. I was amazed. The flavor is almost identical in flavor and taste. The only real difference I see is that their coffee is a few degrees hotter. The Bunn makes it at 200 degrees which is plenty hot for the average consumer.

Dec 15, 2009
Dunkin Donuts Coffee bean smell changed
by: Anonymous

Does anyone else think DD ground coffee beans smell different than they did, say one year ago? To me, the ground DD coffee, in a bag, no matter where I buy it from, smells differently (almost burnt) than it used to smell. They sent me two free bags and they also smell burnt or much stronger. I believe it now smells like 8 O'Clock in the dark brown bag. Am I going nut's? Bruce

Dec 05, 2009
From the horse's mouth...
by: Karma

I asked a client of mine who owns a local DD.... she said that it's all about the temperature of the water. She said most home coffee makers don't make the water hot enough... the stores' water is usually between 204-215*F when brewing.

Dec 01, 2009
Coffee
by: Anonymous

I've been to a hundred Dunkin Donuts. They all have a variance in the taste. In other words, they all taste different. Sometimes the same DD will serve the same cup of coffee at different times of the day and it will invariably taste different.
Get over it. What do you want out of your coffee? I make mine the same way every time and it taste the same. Want it stronger? Add more coffee. Want it to taste like crap? Leave it on the burner for an hour.
Want it tpo taste like a cup from the local DD store? What does that taste like? Depends, doesn't it.

Dec 01, 2009
Try This
by: Anonymous

Try Bottle Water & Half/Half Creamer !

Nov 23, 2009
it's an enigma
by: Anonymous

I bought a bag one time from the grocery store that smelled adn tasted like a cup right from DD, but it was real expensive, so I tried going to tthe DD store and buying a bag from them cuz it was cheaper and it did't smell or taste like DD so I went back to the grocery store adn bought a bigger bag of the same kind that did taste like Dunkin adn the bigger bag doesn't either :(

Nov 16, 2009
they are arabica beans
by: Anonymous

I don't agree with the previous post... Dunkin Donuts is a legit and well run business... they have "100% arabica beans" marked on their retail coffee bags... they would be deceiving they're customers if they didn't put arabica beans in they're bag and could be sued. They are too smart to not back their word. The person who wrote the previous post should try different coffee brewing methods to get a better result.

Nov 15, 2009
Because
by: Anonymous

they are using the cheapest beans they can find for the coffee you purchase to brew at home.The beans they are buying and roasting are NOT ARABICA -they are what we used to call our TRADE blend of beans,they make the worst tasting bitter and brunt tasting coffee you will ever taste.And they are the cheapest to buy-as i dont buy there coffee brewed in the store i cant answer that,but the 16 oz bags i buy have been really bitter and burnt tasting and smelling coffee grounds.

Nov 03, 2009
Try a Chemex Pot!
by: Anonymous

the french press is good however use a chemex pot...the temp of the water is most important along with the freshness and all the other stuff people have added...french press messy and difficult...make sure to get the unbleached chemex filters as well as pour only a little water on the beans to have them bloom before you start brewing all with boiling water all in filter...if confused look up chemex coffee pots and see if you can find a long article about how to use...not the actual chemex instructions but the ones someone else wrote...follow it and you should have coffee snobs and dunkin donuts best pot of coffee ever!

Oct 25, 2009
Still trying
by: Bret

I LOVE DD, and in my quest to brew the perfect cup of DD coffee at home i have even gone as far as buying a Bunn VPR commercial coffee maker off of Ebay to sit in my kitchen so i absolutly know i am using the same equipment as they are. I got the bagged DD coffee at the store, ran it through the machine and while it was a great cup of coffee, it still did NOT taste like the coffee the store makes. I am convinced now they use something different in their machines, the stuff in the bag doesn't even smell right. Ill keep you all posted if i can improve it.

Oct 02, 2009
Brilliant!
by: Anonymous

Finally some very sound technical replies! Of course water temperature is predominantly responsible for succes or failure of the perfect cup. If you can buy your favorite bean fresh great. So with those two points established the only legitimate variables are the grind and actual brew technique

I'm going to try the french press and keep looking for a drip system that will provide the right water temp.

As for the "lame" notion that ambiance is the no one reason your SB or DD coffee at the store taste better. Come now. Most of us take our orders to go!

Sep 20, 2009
Don't forget the cup
by: Anonymous

I also have trouble making the same coffee I can buy at the DD. I discovered the paper cup that it comes in makes the difference.

Sep 14, 2009
Beans are different
by: Rob

The Beans they use at the store are not the beans they sell. The manger at my local DD would sell me a bag of the beans (3 lb bag if I remember correctly)) they use in the store. The roasting must be a little different. The color is different, they smell different and taste different. I've chewed on beans right from the bag before grinding and they are NOT the same.

Sep 04, 2009
It ain't the same coffee!
by: Greg

I honestly believe that the coffee in the shop is different. They refuse to sell it to me and it makes sense. They use a commercial brewer and their coffee is roasted for it. Most consumers use a different type of coffee maker so the coffee is taylored to taste the best given the style of the most popular coffee makers(no commercial dripmachines vs. commercial flow through machines.

Aug 08, 2009
Answer
by: Randy

I had the same problem. Found out it was the cream!
Around here DD uses Garelick farms cream. Now my coffee tastes as good, and often or not, better than some of the Dunkin Donuts!

Mar 18, 2009
Dunkin Donuts Coffee
by: Anonymous

Dunkin Donuts coffee taste bad to me lately. Is it possible that they are using something else in their coffee to substitute the original blend?

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