Coffee to Go, the Best and Worst


The Competitive Coffee Market, a Review

Dunkin’ Donuts ® Coffee

by amy elizabeth

Anybody who knows me would unanimously agree that I’m a coffee junkie. I stop at every convenience store, coffee shop, or virtually anywhere that has coffee available. I’m not particularly fussy either, it wouldn’t be out of sorts for me to stop at a rest area off the freeway and feed the coffee vending machine. This certainly doesn’t mean I don’t care about flavor, I do.  I have preferences indeed, but demands? Nah.

Most all merchants across three cities in the Phoenix area know me, and it is not uncommon at all for them to not charge me for coffee. Why? I don’t know! Maybe it’s just a friendly frequent customer service perk, but for whatever reason, I like it! There are a few exceptions, coffee shops and fast food chains seldom give free coffee. McDonalds sometimes does, but you have to know how to play the game. They have a thing about fresh, if it’s not, they will inform you they need to make a fresh pot. I simply tell them I don’t care and I’ll take what they have… then it’s free.

I’m not a fan of flavored coffee, or any of the fancy coffee drinks at specialty stores.  But for good old fashion regular coffee I certainly have an opinion on what’s good and what’s not. 

My opinions are based on best flavor, freshness, and availability.

Best Coffee:
#1 Dunkin Donuts
#2 McDonalds

#3 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
#4 Quick Trip
#5 Am/Pm

Best Coffee Brands:
#1 Seattle’s Best
#2 Farmer Brothers

Worst Coffee:


As I said before, I’m not fussy about coffee, and I there isn’t any coffee I won’t drink, but Starbucks gets a drive-by from me.  I don’t get it, they are everywhere, obviously quite successful, and their coffee tastes like bitter sludge. I’ll give them points for atmosphere and wi-fi, but it’s unfortunate in order to enjoy the perks of Starbucks you have to buy their coffee.

What do you think about Starbucks coffee?



About tbnranch

amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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11 Responses to Coffee to Go, the Best and Worst

  1. Slick Willy says:

    No one makes coffee better than Starbucks. It seems that political ideology is the only thing driving opinions these days, even at rating coffee. If you really believe McDonald’s coffee tastes better than Starbucks then you have no business drinking coffee in the first place. Grow up and stop being a lemming.

  2. I don’t drink coffee everyday, but I do love it. Regular coffee, black, no sugar,cream or funny flavors. I drink it because I LIKE the taste. 🙂 I’m with you on Bigbucks, I don’t like their aggressive corporate “we will rule the coffee world” mentality, and I’m not fond of their coffee. I love a great cup “o Joe, but I don’t mind stopping in at a convenience store / gas station and filling my travel mug. Coffee is a good thing! I can drink coffee or tea late at night also, and it doesn’t bother me. I like iced green tea also, and don’t adulterate it with sweeteners or lemons. As we say on the Pirate ship, we like our tea like we like our women, cold and bitter. 😉

  3. Bassas Blog says:

    When tall person worked in London he always stopped at a coffee shop to grab a coffee to kick start his working day. He would always have a quick chat and a joke and a smile with the barista and more often than not got a free coffee. He loves coffee and used to drink 10-15 cups a day but has cut down a lot. He can even drink it just before he goes to bed and it never stops him sleeping. He says he must have built up a tolerance over the years. He agrees with your recommendation for McDonald’s coffee – he says it is surprisingly good.

  4. bykimball says:

    I agree about Starbucks. I only drink tea there. But I do love flavored coffee. But the best coffee is the cup i drink at home with my husband…especially if he makes it!

  5. tbnranch says:

    I love the smell of coffee too… yes, even Starbucks.

  6. Rita A. says:

    I’m not much of a coffee drinker. Mocha helps and I do like Starbucks. I will never be able to drink plain coffee but I love the smell. I do love coffee shops and I’m not picky about those. A place to write is all that matters.

  7. Anonymous says:

    What? No Arizona made Arbuckles? Shame on you!
    I did find a use for Starbucks. I had a big tin of Wal mart coffee and was dreading making it. I remembered I had a 10oz bag of Starbucks in my freezer. Alone, both pretty much sucked but… mixed together, they made one of the best cups a Joe I’ve ever had! I still drink the mix today if I want a regular cup. If I want a blast of a Cuban coffee, I’ll use the Miami made Pilon. Wanna go into the coffee business with me? I want to roast and sell a brand of Cowboy coffee. 🙂

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