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The Ultimate Rivalry: Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts

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Written by BookRenter Mike

Although I go to school at the University of Virginia, I’m a California kid, born and raised about an hour outside of San Francisco. As part of my education, I have come to notice a certain rivalry between the East Coast and the West Coast, an argument in which nobody-wins but everybody is right. One of the most interesting parts of this rivalry is the preference that people have for coffee, or more specifically, whether Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks is better.

The Corner district at UVA is where every student goes to grab a bite to eat or enjoy the local bar scene but also to enjoy a good cup of coffee. Starbucks has been around ever since I came here 3.5 years ago but recently a new Dunkin’ Donuts just opened up on the corner. You would have thought the circus was coming to town with all of the hoopla surrounding the opening.

So my question: What do you think is the better, Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks? I asked some local students what they thought and here are my favorite responses:

“No doubt its Dunkin’ Donuts, I mean, how can you beat the combination of delicious donuts and coffee? Starbucks is OK buts it’s a little too trendy for my taste, I like the atmosphere much better at Dunkin” – John B. 3rd Year, Boston MA

“I would have to say Starbucks just because from a coffee standpoint, it tastes a lot better than what they serve over at Dunkin. Also, the lines are always much shorter at Starbucks because their workers are quick and much faster at bringing out orders” – Joe U, 4th Year, Rye NY

“It’s a tough call but I’m from Seattle and there’s no way I can say that Dunkin is better than Starbucks, I would be shot upon coming home for Thanksgiving break. But if I wasn’t from Seattle? Definitely Dunkin, nothing beats those chocolate donuts after bars.” Henry M, 2nd Year, Seattle WA

It definitely seems pretty split but I have to give the slight edge to Dunkin Donuts, at least at UVA. What about you guys who go to school on the West Coast? Chime in and leave a comment, and just maybe Starbucks can come back and win the Coffee Challenge.

Comment on our blog from now and until the end of November and be entered in to win one of our weekly coffee giveaways. Each winner will receive a $10 gift card, to one of the following: Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or TBD.  Winners will be chosen at random and announced each Wednesday beginning this Wednesday, Oct. 27th. Promotion Rules and Terms


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