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In the marketing war of Dunkin' Donuts vs. Starbucks, Dunkin' is aimed at the average joe, whereas Starbucks is generally seen as an elitist brand. Dunkin' Donuts coffee reviews indicate that plenty of people see themselves on the Dunkin' side of the divide but can't get fully behind a coffee they find so unequivocally mediocre.
Overall, the Dunkin' Donuts coffee reviews we read appear pretty evenly split. On the plus side, some consumers who have posted coffee reviews at Costco like that the Original Blend is a mellow, medium-roasted coffee, without the burnt aftertaste that darker coffeehouse blends sometimes have. It is an easy cup of coffee to drink, without harshness or bitterness, according to reviews. That's exactly what our panelists liked about it in a blind taste test, in which it was declared the runaway favorite. The panel also noted the coffee's rich aroma.
At Coffee Review, experts also call the coffee sweet and aromatic but say some of that gets lost as you drink it, and it has no lasting flavor. Likewise, one coffee drinker who posted a Dunkin' Donuts coffee review at Walmart finds the brew flavorful but on the weak side. Many others comment that the Original Blend has no heft to it. If that's something you want in a coffee, you won't find it here.
The people who aren't so crazy about Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend (starting at $8.99 for 16 ounces, Amazon) repeatedly cite that lack of oomph as the reason. One consumer posting on Epinions calls it acceptable -- fine for people who like a blah sort of brew. Another Dunkin' Donuts coffee review on Epinions deems the Original Blend better than most grocery brands, although not by much; the reviewer says there are better coffees out there for the same price.
Dunkin' Donuts Original Blend is available as ground coffee or whole beans in vacuum-sealed pouches of various sizes, as well as K-Cups.