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Dunkin' Donuts: America's Most Popular Cup of Coffee

Updated on August 17, 2012

America Runs on Dunkin': Donuts, Coffee Brewing Tips, and Everything Dunkin'!

As one of the most popular coffee chains in the world, Dunkin' Donuts has opened thousands of stores, served billions of cups of coffee, and even went public in 2011. They've served an amazingly good cup of coffee since 1950, branched out into cookies, bagels, Coolattas, and muffins, yet kept their core group of loyal patrons. Customers keep coming back for their delicious iced coffee, hot chocolates, lattes, donuts, and of course, their mainstay product, the hot coffee.

You've probably visited a Dunkin' Donuts yourself (at least if you live on the east coast of the USA), so you know how good the coffee can be. How can you brew it just like the stores do? Read on for some coffee making tips, cool Dunkin' Donuts collectibles, a brief history of the company, and even some secret menu items you may not have known about!

Dunkin' Donuts Time Square
Dunkin' Donuts Time Square

Dunkin' Donuts Timeline

A Brief History of Dunkin' Donuts

Today, Dunkin' Donuts is synonymous with a good cup of hot, smooth, mellow coffee. Coffee isn't how this chain began, but it's where the majority of the sales come from presently. Below, you'll find a timeline of DD events, starting with the first stores to more recent events.

  • Dunkin' Donuts was founded in 1950 in Quincy, Massachusetts by William Rosenberg.
  • 100 stores are franchised by 1963.
  • Fred the Baker becomes the mascot of Dunkin' Donuts, with the popular "Time to Make the Donuts" slogan appearing in commercials for about a decade.
  • Bagels enter the product lineup in 1996.
  • The 5000th store in opened in Bali, Indonesia in the year 2000.
  • The American Runs on Dunkin ad campaign, their most recently recognized, is launched in 2007.

Original Dunkin Donuts Coffee by the Pound - The acclaimed original blend -- available here

There's a reason that this coffee and doughnut chain has become so popular, and it's largely because of its coffee. With billions of cups served, they've earned a reputation for a good cup of coffee bordering on fanatical obsession with Northeasterners especially. Curious about the taste? You can try it on Amazon below:

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Dunkin' Donuts merchandise
Dunkin' Donuts merchandise

Cool Dunkin' Donuts Collectibles

Cups, mugs, and fun collectibles as gifts (or treats for yourself!)

If you're in love with Dunkin' Donuts, you're in luck, because there are some really cool pieces of merchandise in the form of collectibles that the company has released over the years. They've always had a knack for producing memorable travel mugs, unique collectible gifts, and other in-demand coffee paraphernalia.

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Mugs

A collection of unique collectible mugs from different eras, including tumblers, travel mugs, stainless steel, and other varieties.

Dunkin' Donuts Collectibles

Vintage, hard to find collectibles from way back in the day up to today. These include ornaments, plush animals, toys, koozies, and other merchandise that would make great gifts.

The Coffee Maker Dunkin' Donuts Uses: - They use these commercial coffee makers more often than not...

Some franchises use BUNN coffee makers. These coffee makers are awesome, and can really heat up a pot of coffee to near boiling in a short period of time. The burners give an even heat on the plate, and the baskets are ideal for holding grinds without overflow.

Dunkin' Donuts logo - America Runs on Dunkin
Dunkin' Donuts logo - America Runs on Dunkin

Five Things Dunkin' Donuts Does to Make Great Coffee

(That you probably don't do at home!)

It takes the right equipment and the right beans to make a great tasting cup of coffee. Freshness is key, and all of the bags of beans from Dunkin' Donuts are sealed up and used in a very short period of time. They're brewed and served fast, and that's why it tastes so fresh, especially in the morning.

Want your cup of morning coffee to taste more like Dunkin' Donuts, and less like an ash tray? Here are five things that the local donut shop is doing that might make your coffee taste better.:

  1. Always grind it fresh. Not grinding it up every time you brew? Start buying whole beans, and grinding it every time you brew your coffee. This makes for a much fresher taste and fuller aroma.
  2. Make sure the coffee maker gets very hot. Even if you don't like your coffee the temperature of the surface of the sun, it's important for the taste of the coffee. A temperature between 196-200 degrees F will ensure the grinds are getting cooked enough during the coffee making process. Bunn coffee makers are a great choice for this.
  3. Use the coffee quickly. Once you open the bag, it starts to deteriorate in taste quickly. Use the bag of coffee within a week for best results, or sooner. Technically, it will last longer, but it won't be at optimal taste unless you use the coffee immediately after purchasing.
  4. Don't let the coffee sit on the burner more than 18 minutes. DD has the "18 minute rule" for pots on the burner. After that point, they dump the coffee. Turn the burner off, or make iced coffee with the rest.
  5. Measure the coffee correctly. The coffee grinders at Dunkin' Donuts are calibrated to have the same amount in the grind basket every single time. Follow the directions on the bag using a coffee scoop, or experiment to find the perfect amount to match the in-store taste.

You'll also want to make sure you are keeping the beans or grinds in an airtight container, that the coffee maker is properly washed, and that the coffee is being stored in a cool, dark place.

Find the Nearest Dunkin' Donuts

by using the store locator on their website.

Dunkin' Beat Starbucks - The taste testers preferred DD coffee over Starbucks!

Five Things You Didn't Know About Ordering at Dunkin' Donuts - Secret menu items and ordering tips

At Dunks (as New Englanders call it), you can order some things that aren't necessarily on the menu.

  1. Combination coolattas: combine any flavors like caramel mocha, coconut vanilla mocha, or strawberry orange. It's as simple as them pouring different mixes together, and they should do it by request.
  2. Get any flavor in decaf just by asking. The flavored coffees are injected with a flavor shot, so decaf is no problem.
  3. You can get whole bean coffee ground in different coarseness for electric perc, etc. Hand them a whole bean bag of DD coffee and ask them.
  4. Melting the sugar in iced coffee can result in an entirely different flavor, and no gross sugar clumps at the bottom. Ask when ordering to "melt the sugar."
  5. Senior discounts are available to anyone over 62, so just ask.

Coffee Coolattas Were Introduced

in 1997, with fruit coolattas following thereafter. Coffee flavors available are hazelnut, caramel, mocha, french vanilla, and others.

To the caffeine obsessed, decaf can seem like a sin. Thou shall not drink decaf with thy neighbor's wife. The perfect gift for coffee lovers and fanatics!

Captain America Dunkin Promo - Coolattas and heroism go great together!

Make More Tempting Coffee Recipes: - 100 coffee drinks that you'll die for

Is there any flavor that awakens the senses and conjures up more memories than a good cup of coffee? If a cup at your local drive-thru just isn't cutting it anymore, than try out these other recipes to add some variation into your morning java, afternoon joe, or nighttime decaf fix.

I Love Coffee! Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks
I Love Coffee! Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks

* Make drinks like the Black Forest Latte, Iced Orange Mocchacino, and Candy Cane Latte

* Dessert recipes, martinis, and classics

* Learn how to steam milk perfectly

* Learn the art of making up a stovetop espresso

* Entertain with a hundred drinks -- or have a coffee themed dinner party!

 

Intro photo of Dunkin' Donuts coffee cup by consumerist.

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      Dorian Bodnariuc 5 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario Canada

      Dunkin' Donuts Coffee is great. A great quality and always fresh.