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Bad Home Cooking seal of approval: Dunkin’ Donuts coffee

by Julie Tilsner on January 5, 2009

in BHC Seal of Approval

This is the first of a series of posts about products the Bad Home Cook loves….or not. And I’m no pushover, mind you.

This month’s BHC Seal of Approval: Dunkin’ Donuts original blend coffee.

Americans have a thing for gilding the lily. To hear people talk, we’re suppose to view the 4,500-square foot house and a TV the size of a plate glass window as desirable. This is the culture that has brought us the Hummer, and the $5, 40-ounce coffee drinks covered in whipped cream, caramel and gold leaf.

What happened to the simple things?

A regular cup of joe. Not shade-picked, triple-roasted, imported on the backs of virgin Sherpas. Not a bitter-tasting vente anything. I’ve always wanted my coffee plain and old-fashioned; light, no sugar, and served in one of three ways: in a chipped porcelain coffee cup, in evil Styrofoam, or in a blue paper cup edged with Greek motifs.

In other words, diner coffee. Drugstore coffee. The kind of coffee you buy at a donut shop where they don’t sell croissants.

This is my world. My desires are basic. So you can imagine the happy jig I danced when a recent trip to Target hipped me to the original cup of coffee — Oh Dunkin’ Donuts, I never knew how much you meant to me.

Whip up a pot at home. Smell that? Now you can trudge upstairs to the computer with a smile on your  face. Mocha-brown, medium-roast coffee of the sort that allows for all day drinkin’. God only knows how much money I save by quaffing this stuff instead of paying $3 for a cup of bitters at the chain coffee stores that litter every corner.

I know. If I were really hard-core I’d be drinking Folger’s freeze-dried from a can. Allow me my simple luxuries.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa January 5, 2009 at 8:41 pm

I can’t get past the whole not tasting like donuts thing – otherwise yeah, decent coffee 🙂


elfini (Dawn) January 6, 2009 at 9:20 am

Damn it. Forget the coffee, I want a donut!


kelli January 7, 2009 at 8:54 am

I just saw that you can get dunkin donuts coffee to make at home! I will try it…I just hope I can make it like the teenager behind the counter…


Charlie Hills January 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Didn’t they just run commercials showing that in a blind test people preferred Dunkin’ Donuts’ coffee over Starbuck’s? Maybe there’s something to that!
I wouldn’t know. I’m just not a fan of taking a bunch of burnt beans, grinding them up, pouring hot water through them, then getting addicted to that for ever and ever amen.
The Diet Lime Coke is bad enough…


Cher January 14, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Please – this coffee, simple or not, tastes like crap! Brown water I tell ya…


JulieR January 20, 2009 at 3:52 am

Sometimes I like instant coffee – there’s a couple of italian and mexican brands I like. Definitely the best for making iced coffee – I like the little crunchy granules that don’t quite dissolve all the way.


Mary January 31, 2009 at 10:52 am

If you like this coffee…You will LOVE “Bigby” Coffee…
I discovered this coffee when I couldn’t find Dunkin coffee. It’s now my favorite morning brew.


Sean February 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

I read recently that Rachel Ray (who was sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts) was handed a cup of their coffee by her assistant and (not knowing what it was) said, “What is this s$%t? Get me my coffee!”
I don’t really care for their coffee at all; their flavored varieties are laced with M.S.G.


Bad Home Cook March 1, 2009 at 9:59 pm

I heard this story about Rachel Ray, which in my mind just makes it more delicious. And I never bother with flavored coffees, I just like the regular stuff!


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