6 Reasons Starbucks is Better Than Dunkin’
No hard feelings, Dunkin’… we just love Starbucks more
#1 Starbucks is everywhere, on practically every street corner it would seem, and in nearly every country. There are way more Starbucks than Dunkin’ Donuts locations: 23,305 Starbucks in 63 countries and around 11,000 Dunkin’ Donuts in 33 countries.
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#2 Dunkin' Donuts' chicken apple sausage breakfast sandwich doesn’t stand a chance next to Strarbucks’ slow-roasted ham and Swiss breakfast sandwich. Dunkin’s English muffin is undercooked and between it, an unknown slice of orange cheese sits barely melted; while Starbucks’ ham sandwich is prepared on a flaky and buttery croissant roll graced with a rich slice of melted Swiss cheese.
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#3 Starbucks’ green tea lattes, iced or hot, just can’t be beat, or replicated. Dunkin’ hasn’t caught on.
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#4 They keep pumpkin bread around even in the summer, but Dunkin’s pumpkin treats are only available in the fall.
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#5 The secret menu at Dunkin’ Donuts is nonexistent. Starbuck’s secret menu is worth the wait.
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#6 You can pretend to be someone else, giving any name in the world as yours. The proof is there on the cup.
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*At Brooklyn's busiest Starbucks location, which is near a subway hub
Starbucks has these and other drinks down to a science, while many coffee shops fake it.
At Starbucks a cappuccino is a shot of espresso plus half steamed milk and half foam. A latte is a shot of espresso plus steamed milk with a thin layer of foam.
When making a cappuccino, baristas steam milk for 6-8 seconds. Latte milk is steamed for only 3-5 seconds. Baristas also monitor temperature when steaming milk, serving drinks at an average of 165 degrees Fahrenheit and never above a scalding 180.
To become a certified barista, candidates must pour a perfect cappuccino, which is evaluated either with an electronic scale or using a measuring cup.
3 Reasons Why Starbucks Still Shines, Despite Market Shortcomings
Grabbing morning joes and afternoon pick-ups are essential parts of the day for millions of people worldwide, providing an excuse to step outside, take a short walk and rejuvenate. How different would our twenty-first century lives be if there were no such thing as coffee to buzz and energize us? To coffee lovers, this hypothetical thought may be a frightening one.
The desire -- even need -- for caffeine is what attract the crowds and make coffee such a huge business. In almost any civilized place today, a cup of coffee is never too far away and in urban environments, it's hard to walk for five minutes without seeing a vendor. In Manhattan, there may be multiple coffee shops or coffee carts on a single block. But all cups of coffee and coffeehouses are not created equal. The industry’s reigning king, Starbucks, has consistently managed to stay on top in the popularity contest. How do they do it? Here’s a hint: A large chunk of the company’s recipe for success can be found outside of the cup.
Starbucks has received its fair share of backlash in the wake of recent shortcomings for projected third quarter earnings. When it came out that the company is still growing, but that profits per share were 2 cents less than projected for the quarter, stocks plummeted by 11% on July 27th in after hours trade. But this extreme reaction to to Starbucks’ shortfall might just be an extreme overreaction. Every public company will inevitably have its ups and downs, so the big picture is important to keep in mind. Over the past year Starbucks’ trend is one of growth, despite a few sharp downturns -- this recent one being the steepest.
According to Forbes Markets Reporter Agustino Fontevecchia, too much optimism about Starbucks’ expansion in China set shareholders up for disappointment. The world economy showed that it couldn't handle as much as investors expected in stocks across the board this quarter, so the decreased growth rate isn't specific to Starbucks. Still, CEO Howard Shultz contends that the company will remain a powerhouse on both a national and international scale, pointing out that this was its "eleventh consecutive quarter of record results."
It’s no secret that last Friday marked a low point for Starbucks, but its 41 years of perseverance makes it a pretty solid company in the grand scheme of coffee vendors. The coffee giant opened its first store in Seattle's Pike’s Place Market in 1971, but stores didn’t start multiplying in significant numbers until the late 1990s. A pivotal point for the company, Howard Shultz took Starbucks public in 1992. From 1990 to 2000, the franchise went from having 84 locations to 3,501. It was an impressive decade, but nothing exceptional compared to the additional 13,500 stores that have opened since the 2000. Let’s take a look at some factors, other than its coffee quality, that continue to draw loyal customers.
Many would agree that Starbucks serves up a high-quality brew that helps them power through the day. But coffee is far from being the only menu option. Stores today carry a small selection of food items and plenty of coffee-free beverages, making them more friendly to children and snack-seekers.
Customers also have the option to overindulge (a trenta macchiato with a donut on the side) or under-indulge (a skinny latte with a veggie snack box). If you're meeting up with someone whose food preferences are unknown, Starbucks is a pretty safe bet for any palate.
At a price around $2.00 for a tall (small) cup of coffee, and upwards of $20.00 for the fanciest drink imaginable, you better believe that there’s more allure than just good coffee for the company to meet such widespread success at these not-so-competitive prices.
In addition to its variety of non-coffee beverages and on-the-go eats, Starbucks’ ambiance is a draw. By now, most customers pretty much know what to expect when they enter through the heavy glass door, small green letters hanging overhead on the building exterior. A Starbucks interior in Los Angeles won’t look too different from one in Tokyo -- a rich warm color scheme, alternative music, organic-looking art, and baristas in green aprons. Everything about the interior of a Starbucks, from the warm aroma to the casual couches, screams “comfort”.
3. Consistently Convenient
Perhaps the reliability of the Starbucks experience is the key to winning over customers’ taste buds and loyalty. Baristas work quickly and keep long lines moving. Starbucks has even partnered with Square to make the future of the ordering process cashless (release date set for fall 2012). People often complain about Starbucks’ high prices, but is $2.50 really that outrageous for a decent cup of joe, free wifi, and a public environment in which to sit, work or mingle? Bottom line -- when you walk into a Starbucks, you know what you’re getting yourself into, and as the numbers continue to prove, certainty is quite attractive.
For the first time in years, LikeFolio Consumer Happiness levels for Dunkin Donuts are now higher than for Starbucks. That’s the kind of shift that can have long-lasting impacts on company sales. With Starbucks at 25 times as much revenue as Dunkin’, even a small shift of regulars could have an enormous impact on Dunkin’ Donuts’ bottom line.
On April 24, we issued a BEARISH OPPORTUNITY ALERT for LikeFolio members. That’s when the stock was near $60/share (subsequently dropped under 50!). Here’s a key takeaway from that alert:
Starbucks already had a morale problem cutting back some of the traditional perks that were part of Howard Schultz’s management style. Add to that what happened in Philadelphia along with operational problems already existent and Starbucks doesn’t only have a PR problem. They now have an issue with 8,000 store managers.
Starbucks has lost its mojo. Wall St. is losing faith in this management team. It could take a few quarters but numbers will come down.
When they do, so will the shares.
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4. Dunkin Donuts has not banned plastic straws
Virtue-signaling can be really bad for business. While the net outcome may be something the company truly believes in, many times these campaigns are created as diversions from the underlying business problems at the company or executives. Starbucks is a bit different, as it has been more vocal in the past about policy issues, but the timing here is suspect.
We'll see if Dunkin' submits to the public pressure on this one. but so far they seem to be more inclined to give customers, rather than activists, what they want.
Physical Set Up of the Store
Starbucks has perfected the art of the “third space.” A perfect mixture between work and home – their stores not only give their consumers a great cup of coffee, but also a neutral space to complete their daily tasks. This third space enables consumers to maintain boundaries between their work and personal lives, allowing their home to exist as a pure place of relaxation. For this reason, they will continue to dominate the coffee industry because consumers are not only buying a product, but they are also buying an experience. On the other hand, at Dunkin Donuts, you are most likely just stopping through on your commute to grab a quick cup of Joe.
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We asked more than 3,000 people about which fast-food chains have the best coffee, and Starbucks beat everyone by a mile
Whether it's just a quick pick-me-up or you can't stay awake without it, coffee is a crucial part of many a morning routine. That's why it's so important to be able to get coffee that's fast, cheap, and, hopefully, good.
We asked Business Insider's readers which fast-food chain they thought had the best coffee. We received over 3,000 total responses, and in order to include smaller regional chains, we determined the rankings by measuring the number of positive responses against the number of total responses for each chain.
For coffee, there were only three chains that swept the ranks. Panera and Krispy Kreme received 5% and 8% of the votes, respectively, from respondents who'd visited them in the last six months, while 1% or fewer respondents preferred coffee from Burger King, Chick-fil-A, and Wendy's. Positive response was negligible from all other chains, including Subway and Taco Bell.
The top three dominated the competition, but the competition within the three wasn't even close.
Give me McDonald's
His top choice? McDonald's, which may surprise some given the company's reputation in some culinary circles. The Golden Arches is in the midst of a slump, yet connoisseurs such as Najarian still prefer its brew to the competition.
"I'm a big McCafe guy," said Najarian. In a blindfolded taste test, Najarian correctly identified the three brands of coffee.
"I love my coffee," he added.
McDonald's, Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts all reported and beat earnings estimates this week. Despite the beat, good tasting coffee wasn't enough for McDonald's, where overall sales in the U.S. continued to slide.
In terms of the trade, and despite the bitter taste left in Najarian's mouth, Guy Adami of "Fast Money" said he thinks Dunkin' Donuts could be the best pick of the three.
Top 10 Caffeinated Coffees (100% Colombian)
- Eight O’Clock Coffee 100% Colombian, $6.28 per pound (15 cents per cup)
- Caribou Coffee Colombia Timana, $11.76 per pound (36 cents per cup)
- Kickapoo Coffee Organic Colombia, $14.33 per pound (40 cents per cup)
- Starbucks Coffee Colombia Medium, $11.53 per pound (25 cents per cup)
- Bucks County Coffee Co. Colombia, $8.85 per pound (34 cents per cup)
- Archer Farms (Target) Colombia Supremo, $9.05 per pound (27 cents per cup)
- Gloria Jean’s Coffees Colombian Supremo, $12.99 per pound (32 cents per cup)
- Chock Full o’Nuts 100% Colombian, $5.19 per pound (10 cents per cup)
- Peet’s Coffee Colombia, $14.12 per pound (31 cents per cup)
- Maxwell House Colombian Supreme 100% Colombian Med-Dark, $4.80 per pound (5 cents per cup)
7 Reasons to Kick Starbucks to the Curb and Let Dunkin’ Donuts Into Your Life
It only took forever and a day for Purdue to get with the program, but we finally have our very own Dunkin’ Donuts here in Lafayette. This east coast favorite comes to us promising freshly baked donuts, brilliantly blended coffee, and so many other delicious perks that will make you forget you spent all of last semester stocking up on those secret menu tips at Starbs.
1. Donuts, duh
When was the last time you bought a donut at Starbucks? Yeah, didn’t think so. Sure, they may have pastries if you can get there early enough, but that just doesn’t cut it for hungry college students. Dunkin’ Donuts is recognized for their amazing selection of incredibly tasting donuts. Their website lists over 50 possible donut flavors, and they always have seasonal specials, so you can bet they’ll have exactly what you’re craving for. Coffee and donuts go together like bacon and jelly, so this definitely is a no-brainer.
2. More is less
A plain, grande latte at Starbucks will cost you about $3.65. The same size latte at Dunkin’ comes in a little cheaper at $3.29, but that’s not the only place you’ll see the savings. Dunkin’ will add any flavor extracts, sugar, cream, or milk (besides almond) to your beverage for no extra charge. No need to put in all that effort looking for hacks to make your drink cheaper. Starbucks menu prices shoot up the more complicated your drink gets, but at Dunkin’, there are no hidden charges for that extra pump of caramel we all know you want.
3. DD Perks
Dunkin’ has a rewards program that is very similar to the Starbucks rewards system. Downloading their app allows you to conveniently pay with your phone, find locations near you, send gift cards to your friends, and rewards you for your purchases. Who wouldn’t want rewards for spending money? That’s every student’s dream. In addition, all members get a new, exclusive coupon to use every month, regardless of how much you’ve spent. Talk about real rewards.
4. Anything you can do, they can do better
Some people like to argue that Dunkin’ has fewer drink options than Starbucks. But with their 11 free flavor options, four dairy options (and counting), seasonal beverages, smoothies, and teas, there’s always a Starbs equivalent to be found. Even if you’re more of a fan of the dessert drinks than coffee, Dunkin’ can always provide you with something above and beyond all those Starbucks options. Drop the ridiculous Frappuccino and get yourself a Coolatta, stat.
5. Food for the win
Sure, Dunkin’ provides fresh baked donuts, but their other bakery selections and meals can keep you satisfied any time of day. Their breakfast and lunch combos also come with a medium coffee or tea at no extra cost. The combo deal goes for less than the price of a Starbucks panini, which aren’t worth the price for the pre-prepared sandwich you’re getting. In addition to the plethora of sandwich combinations, Dunkin’s DDSMART Menu provides customers with meal choices that are under 400 calories. To make matters worse, most of your favorite Starbucks drinks easily come in at over 400 calories.
6. Free donuts
College kids are always looking for more ways to get free food. Any time you make a purchase at Dunkin’, your receipt comes with instructions that lead you to an online survey. Upon completing the survey, a code will be sent to you, which means you’re eligible for a free donut with your next purchase of a medium beverage. Never pay for a donut again. You’re welcome.
7. It tastes better
Let’s be real, you only made Starbucks your go-to because there’s practically one on every street corner. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee isn’t known for its burnt beans and bitter brews, a common opinion when it comes to Starbucks coffee. Blind taste tests conducted by Consumer Reports consistently rates Starbucks as some of the worst tasting coffee and Dunkin’ as some of the best. Maybe I’m biased because of my east coast roots, but I swear nothing is more satisfying than a cup of freshly brewed coffee from the good old orange and pink.
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