Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or Peet’s? BookRenter Taste Test

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Guest Written by BookRenter Briana

No doubt about it, Americans love their coffee in the morning! But which do people really prefer?  Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or Peet’s is the real question around our office. Over 100 million people drink coffee everyday so we want to know if people would really know the difference in their coffee of choice. We decided to take it upon ourselves to do a taste test for our employees to see if there is really a difference in taste and quality.

We set up a nifty stand with 3 different coffee pots to choose from. Our employees had no idea which coffee brand they were drinking but they voted on the one they enjoyed the most.

And the winner……STARBUCKS!

Runner up was Peet’s and last but not least was Dunkin’ Donuts. All tallies were very close, a point separating each one.

Some of our staff was surprised they didn’t choose their favorite coffee which makes me think, can people really tell the difference in their coffee they drink? With all the choices in coffee creamer flavors and sweeteners I’m not sure how one could tell the difference.

So what do people really enjoy about the delicious taste of coffee? And do they really know the difference in their particular brew of choice? I guess we can ask our staff once they stop shaking from their caffeine high.

57 Responses to Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, or Peet’s? BookRenter Taste Test

  1. Shannon says:

    I have to say… Starbuck’s is awesome, but how can you beat the price of DD?!

  2. Diana says:

    Starbucks is soooooooooooo strong. Yuck!

    Dunkin > Pete’s > Starbucks

  3. WHO could start a morning without a good cup of coffee??? I know I can’t

  4. Courtney Haas says:

    Coffee is yummy, even better when it’s a cappuccino…

  5. crystal brocious says:

    dunkin donuts!!!!! starbucks is good too not a strong to me

  6. stephanie t says:

    yes you can tell the difference in black coffee. My favorite Coffee out of those 3 is starbucks.
    I personally put so much stuff in it that by the time I”m done with it , it tastes like whatever creamer I put in it lol.

  7. Becky Jahnke says:

    There’s a definet difference in coffees, some are stronger, some are bitter. If your a coffee drinker you know the difference!

  8. rachel says:

    starbucks. def the best!

  9. Melina Pereyra says:

    I prefer Dunkin’ Donuts! It’s more cheap! 🙂

  10. Sherry Lebow says:

    Love starbucks coffee, especially when I am out and about. For home we buy the dunkin donuts bags of coffee

  11. Jennifer Lutz says:

    I don’t much care cor DD coffe but thats just me!

  12. Kimberly says:

    I love Starbucks! I bet I could pick it out of a bunch. 🙂

  13. Personally, I like Joe Muggs! They are located in many Books-A-Million and offer WiFi free. They are also a quiet place to work if you are doing research or writing papers.

  14. Harmony Cooper says:


  15. jay w says:

    love starbucks & would love to win. thanks for the chance!

  16. Sheree Clement says:

    Dunkin Donuts

  17. katrina says:

    yea starbucks. they are the best

  18. I can tell the difference between all 3. I love, love Starbucks and DD is a close second. If DD made chai latte—they would be tied with Starbucks!
    You have smart employees in that they all chose Starbucks 😉

  19. Melinda says:

    I love starbucks!!

  20. mayra says:

    I have to agree with the decision. I do love Starbucks, but they are getting a bit pricey!

  21. olivia olson says:

    I love Starbucks Coffee!

  22. Nellie Ford says:

    Defitnley love starbucks all the way

  23. colleen ferland says:

    thanks for contest..mmmm coffee n donuts

  24. Renee says:

    Dunkin’ Donuts has the best coffee :)! Their flavor seems to have a stronger kick and the aroma is wonderful – even in the bag!!!

  25. Tiffany M says:

    Am I the only one that isn’t that fond of Starbucks. Really, I mean, everthing there is ok, I guess, but I don’t drink coffee. I have tried teas, fraps, and caps from there, but haven’t found anything that I like better than Panera or a Speedway. lol

  26. Gabrielle S says:

    I prefer to brew my own at home. That way, it prevents the needless waste associated with disposable coffee cups, and I can know exactly where my beans are coming from (I buy organic, fair-trade certified). Plus, I can use the grounds as compost. However, as far as Pete’s, Starbucks, and Dunkin Donuts is concerned, I enjoy the organic Seattle’s Best, which is owned by Starbuck’s, so I guess they get my vote!

  27. Billie says:

    I think Starbuck’s is the best! I also think that it’s fairly easy to tell the difference in coffees even with sweeteners and creamers.

  28. Amanda Owens says:

    Great taste test! I would of picked the Starbucks too. That’s the only coffee my family drinks!

  29. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve never been much of a coffee fanatic, and maybe that’s why I can never tell the difference between Starbucks, Pete’s, DD, or even home. I usually put other things (like creme, flavors, frappachino it…) to make it sweeter. My boyfriend says that there is definitely a difference though – Starbucks is usually lighter than Pete’s. So I guess more people prefer it not as “dark”, in a sense?

  30. Leah Walker says:

    I believe wholeheartedly that people can tell the difference. I have had people argue with me telling me I can’t tell the difference in bottled water and I most certainly can. My grandmother used to try and pass off cheap ravioli on me and I could always tell when it wasn’t the Chef. Lol.

  31. Valerie C. says:

    I love flavored coffee, so, Dunkin Donuts Pumpkin Spice is my favorite.

  32. diane ferreira says:

    There’s a Dunkin Donuts everywhere I turn, so therefore, Diane runs on Dunkin.

  33. Lucinda says:

    I have to say Starbucks by default, because I’ve never tried the other two!

  34. Jeannine M says:

    I make mine own at home but when I go out for one I go starbucks. I love their Pumpkin spice lattes, Peppermint Mochas and everything else lol

  35. Annmarie W. says:

    Have to admit that I would choose Dunkin’ Donuts…but only because their donuts are the best accompaniment!

  36. Kathy says:

    So happy you went with Starbucks! I love buying my coffee beans there (and also enjoying a frappuccino), plus, we don’t have Pete’s here. 🙂

  37. Never heard of Pete’s but both Star Bucks and DD rock!

  38. cheryl g says:

    Starbucks is the best!

  39. Jenefer B says:

    I love my Starbucks! The people who work there know what I like in my drink so before I even get done paying, it’s usually waiting for me 🙂

  40. Andrea M says:

    I love them both! I always get Iced Dark Roast Coffe form DD because I love strong coffee, and as e3veryone knows, Starbucks has really strong coffee. If you just get coffee from Starbucks and nothing fancy, it isn’t that expensive. If I had to pick only one, I’d choose Dunkin Donuts!

  41. ParanormalMomTN says:

    I love Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donut’s coffee. I like Starbucks more, they just have more flavor to them.

  42. Tiffany says:

    I agree, Starbucks coffee is the best but sometimes you have to give away the best and get what you can afford such as DD

  43. heather shenefield says:

    STARBUCKS but only when i want to splurge.

  44. steve s says:

    dunkin donuts I love iced coffees

  45. Chris says:

    Starbucks is the best ! I have had all three and the different kinds of coffees you can get at starbucks cannot be beat!

  46. erin says:

    If the same creamer and sugar, and the same applies to the amount in the coffee I believe someone could tell the difference. If starbucks was chosen as the best, or the person treats themselves, starbucks is seen as a reward and seen as all that much better. Sometimes you do have to go with affordable or look for ways to save on your fav. Caffeine fix.

  47. hugeidea says:

    I love coffee no matter what brand. 🙂

  48. DaFu says:

    Love caffeine, and specially Starbucks coffee!

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  50. Laura says:

    Not mentioned in the blog post was that the Dunkin Donuts coffee was DD Turbo, and wheww, that is some strong stuff! Totally led me astray from my favorite bean when it came to the vote, grr.

    • BookRenter Team says:

      Awh, Laura- Not to worry we will have more taste testing soon!

  51. Susie Payton says:

    This would be a true indulgence for me to win a gift from Starbucks ! Can’t use a DD, there are none in south Alabama. Picking a winner via

  52. Katie G. says:

    I can go without coffee almost everyday, UNLESS I have a donut. which is often =) I love to just dip the donut in the coffee, there is NOTHING better. So it’s really the coffee alone.. it’s the coffee and donuts together that make me buy coffee! =p

  53. m says:

    Starbucks is yummy!

  54. Sheila says:

    I love Starbucks!

  55. nicole Boyer says:

    i love starbucks cause i love to get me a vanilla beam frapachino to start my day