I basically drink only black coffee, so it’s important that I like a chain’s signature roast enough to not need milk or sugar.
But since I don’t really use sweeteners and syrups, I know very well that not every coffee is created equally.
To figure out where I can find the best hot black coffee, I ordered a small cup of the signature brew from four popular coffee chains: Gloria Jean’s, Tim Hortons, Starbucks, and Dunkin’.
Each cup of coffee cost about $2, so I didn’t factor price into my ranking. Here’s how the signature roasts stacked up.