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Dunkin’ Donuts vs Starbucks


For the past few years, people have sat in long drive through lines every morning before work waiting to get their over priced coffee from Starbucks. Starbucks has grown to be a huge and commonly-known coffee shop, on every side street, at every strip mall, and sitting at the end of every block of at least every other street. So why is it that I think Dunkin’ Donuts is so much better?F

I mean, I have the same ridiculous addiction. Sitting in long drive throughs every morning waiting for a rude girl to take my order and then forget that I also ordered water with coffee and become even ruder when I ask for water as well, and then pay for my (less expensive) but still costly extra large hot coffee.

My addiction to caffeine started when I was in 5th grade and my mom started giving me coffee in the morning to help me wake up. It has now grown into at least three cups a day, with at least one of those being from Dunkin’.

Personally, I think the brew from Dunkin’ is so much better than the brew at Starbucks, and I do not care to waste 1000 calories on a frappachino or latte when I can be wasting them on Mexican food or something actually worth my time.

I would really like to know what is so addicting about both of these coffee shops though. What are they putting their coffee that keeps thousands of people wasting minutes of their life waiting in a drive through?

So I decided to do some research on my addiction to coffee to see why me and so many others partake in this daily caffeine routine. The U.S. health department did a study in Salt Lake City comparing the demand for Starbucks v.s. crack and found out that “According to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s records, crack is turning an estimated profit of $600,000 per year. Starbucks however is a billion dollar industry in Salt Lake City.”

As sad as it is I feel like it would only make a few people realize how much money and how many calories they are wasting on this. I get a daily coffee from Dunkin’ which coasts me about $2.61, which is $18.27 a week, or $80.91 a month or even more, $952.65 a year. I have actually never calculated that before and that is an insane amount of money for a college student to be spending on anything let alone a cup of coffee.

Even though that is a crazy high number, I already know it might only be enough to slow my Dunk n consumption for maybe a few days if that. I am not exactly sure what they put in this magical coffee that makes it taste so much better than the bag I buy from the store or even than Starbucks which so many other people prefer. I do know I am not alone on my daily caffeine binge, and along with thousands of others face.

Maybe there should be a caffeine addiction rehab like they have for crack. The question is though, would I even go if there was? I would probably show up with a my extra large coffee with cream and sugar and pretend like attempt to give up something I can barely get out of bed without.

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