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I tried 3 types of coffee from Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’ — and the winner was clear


  • Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Dunkin’are battling for morning-coffee customers.
  • But which has the best-tasting coffee?
  • I tasted a regular coffee, an espresso-based drink, and a frozen coffee drink from each of the three chains.
  • Starbucks came out as the overall winner, with the best regular coffee and frozen coffee drink.
  • McDonald’s coffee drinks tasted good, but the mocha and the caramel frappé didn’t taste how I expected them to.

When it comes to coffee, most people know exactly how they like it: black and scalding hot, syrupy sweet with a swirl of whipped cream, or somewhere in between. Where you get your fix is also a key detail, and in the Starbucks-Dunkin’ battle for coffee-chain dominance, there are fierce supporters on both sides.

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