With finals in full swing, there’s only one thing on everyone’s mind: caffeine. This time of year, the length of the Starbucks line in Carrier has you wondering if your venti caramel iced coffee is worth the 30 minute wait (it most definitely is). Campus is in full chaos mode as students are sleep-deprived, making last minute attempts to salvage their GPA’s, and downing absurd amount of caffeine. Amongst this madness, you may stop and ask yourself, “Am I more of a Dunkin’ or Starbucks person?” Wonder no longer, here are a few facts that will help you determine which brand is best-suited to fuel your caffeine addiction this finals week.

1. Where you study on campus: 

It’s very likely that you base your caffeine choice on your favorite study location. If you enjoy a modern atmosphere, with food options, and a up-beat social scene, you might study at the Student Success Center and frequently indulge in Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. If you prefer to study in a traditional library setting, thrive in the fast pace of Carrier’s or ECL’s first floor, and like an extra shot of expresso, then Starbucks might be your first choice.


2. How many dining dollars you have left:

This time of year dining dollars are running low, just like your level of motivation. Some students conserve their dining until the last minute, but most are left scrambling to find friends who are willing to spare a few dining dollars for a quick cup of joe. When this is the case, you may turn to the cheaper option of Dunkin’ in order to cut costs.


3. Maybe Starbucks makes you feel trendy:

Our society treats Starbucks coffee as a staple. In movies, tv shows, and magazines celebrities are pictured carrying the notorious white and green cup, thus connecting Starbucks with up-scale coffee drinkers. Although Dunkin’ Donuts carries very comparable beverages and breakfast options, the same status is not associated with that brand. Even though you may hate to admit it, sometimes you feel trendy carrying your Starbucks cup around campus.


4. Or perhaps you’re on a donut kick:

Although Starbucks coffee has been a trend for quite some time, so have donuts. Many people enjoy getting a sweet treat with their coffee. Also, Dunkin’s iced coffee can double as a donut holder!

Photo courtesy of @DunkinDonuts official Twitter account

5. How big of a coffee fan you are: 

Lastly, everyone knows the caffeine addicts flock to Starbucks for the rich, robust flavor of their coffee. However, Dunkin’ Donuts has a plethora of options for those who aren’t completely sold on coffee. From coolatta’s to smoothies to frozen hot chocolate, you will be sure to find something to appease your taste buds. Although Starbucks has non-coffee items on their menu too, such as: teas, chais, and smoothies–Dunkin’ has more variety for those who aren’t exactly coffee fanatics.


Are you more of a Starbucks or Dunkin’ connoisseur?  Comment below! 

4 thoughts on “Dunkin’ vs. Starbucks

  1. Always preferred Dunkin Donuts but there are hardly any left anymore. Instead of a Dunkin Donuts, I see sometimes 2 or 3 Starbucks in the same block. Once saw 3 on the same street corner. And let’s be honest here. How many people go to Starbucks just to be seen with their newest “mac books.”


  2. I like Dunkin better. They are definitely more cost efficient and I think Starbucks coffee is too strong. To be honest, I like McDonalds coffee better than both. I think many people like Starbucks because of the atmosphere. It’s more conducive to sitting and talking to friends or doing some laptop work. I also think people feel more high end drinking it. But as far as taste, I like Dunkin. I bought a small Acai berry drink once at Starbucks. It cost about 6 bucks and I finished it in three sips


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