Dunkin’ vs Starbucks


Natalia Scales, Staff Writer

Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks are the two largest coffee chains in the US. All coffee lovers either favor one or the other. When they think about grabbing a coffee in the morning, they either go straight to Starbucks or Dunkin’. There are many reasons people like one over the other. Reasons include the atmosphere, food options, drink options, prices, and much more. 


“I love both coffee stores but I do prefer to go to Dunkin’ just because it is closer to me and faster!” Josie Patton (11) said.


Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks menus are very different when you look at them. Starbucks sells things like protein packs, croissants, and breads. They also have desserts such as cookies, cake pops, and tarts. They are mainly known for their health menu that they make known to customers who eat a healthy diet. They also love to please their customers by spicing it up around the holidays with their foods and drinks. 


“I do enjoy eating Starbucks food over Dunkin’. I feel like it is more fresh and delicious.” Mila Alessio (12) said.


Dunkin’ Donuts serves breakfast sandwiches, donuts, muffins, and hashbrowns. Dunkin’ is known for selling their donuts and munchkins and have many different flavors for their customers. They have special donuts around holidays and drinks as well. They also have been adding new drinks to their menu like oat milk latte and matcha latte. The main thing that sets these two stores apart is the price you are willing to pay for your food and drinks and what you are in the mood for.


“I like to go to Dunkin’ over Starbucks mainly because I feel like they offer more and I enjoy their atmosphere better.” Mack Anderson (12) said.


When it comes to drinks Dunkin Donuts offers all the regular sizes: small, medium, large. Dunkin’ also serves hot and cold coffees, teas, and coolatas. Coolatas are a special drink they made for hot summer days. It resembles a slushy type consistency and has different flavors like vanilla bean, blueberry, or strawberry. They have specialty coffees they sell for different holidays like they do for food as well.


“I always go to Dunkin’ to get their coolatas, because they are so good and refreshing.” Ryan Stover (12) said.


Starbucks sells their drinks in a little different way than they do their sizes like: tall, grande, venti. They do this because they chose to do their sizes in Italian and add character to their shop. Starbucks offers a variety of drinks as well such as coffees, frappuccinos, lemonades, teas, and refreshers. Frappuccinos are known as the trademark of Starbucks. They are also popular for their refreshers that they sell in many different flavors such as strawberry acai, very berry, and mango dragonfruit. 


“I love Starbucks drinks and their many coffee selections but their sizes and price are sometimes frustrating.”  Josh Stanfel (12) said.


Determining on which one is better comes down to your personal preference. It can depend on what style of coffee you want, if you are eating in what atmosphere you prefer, and even the price of what you are getting. It is fun trying both companies’ coffee as they do have their own taste. Once you try both Starbucks and Dunkin’ you will favor one over the other and find your go to coffee store!