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The Best Fast-Food Coffee, According To Chefs


Chain coffee may not be the coolest caffeinated beverage around, but sometimes it’s the only option. Especially if you work a chef’s schedule all the time.

We asked chefs their preferred way to caffeinate at chain coffee shops, so you too can get a boost like a professional cook.

“I don’t drink a lot of coffee, but Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee lives up to the hype. You can smell the sensuous, caramel roast of a Dunkin’ coffee from five blocks away.” — Simone Tong, chef, owner of Little Tong Noodle Shop.

“Starbucks has the Frappuccino game locked down. The Salted Caramel is a classic but the Maple Pecan is pretty good, too. I always add additional shots of blonde espresso to mine.” — Brian Baxter, Chef de Cuisine at Bastion

“I honestly don’t get a chance to go to chain coffee shops too often (perks of living in Brooklyn!) but I do like a Frappuccino on a hot summer day.” — Dianna Daoheung, executive chef of Black Seed Bagels

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