Hot Dispute: Dunkin’ vs Starbucks

Dunkin takes on Starbucks in the ring

Dunkin’ takes on Starbucks in the ring

Braden Hamilton, Reporter

Recently Rockbridge County has received word that there will be both a Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. Whether you’re a college kid, teenger or fully grown adult, you’d be happy to know that they’ll be up and running in no time here in Rockbridge.

Starbucks was founded in 1971 in the streets of Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market. From there, the brand only went up. Locations started to pop up all around the northwest like a virus. That all brings us to where we are now, being approximately 15,000 storefront in the USA alone and nearly 33,000 across the globe. 

On the other hand, Dunkin’ Donuts started out with a small business in 1948 in Quincy, Massachusetts. And just like its rival Starbucks, it took the world by storm. In just 10 years after the opening there were 100 storefronts and growing. Taking a look to where Dunkin’ is now, racking up 8,500 stores in the USA and 11,300 across the world. 

When it comes to the rivalry between Dunkin’ and Starbucks, it’s always been a back and forth between the two. Whether it’s Starbucks coming out with the original pumpkin spice latte and Dunkin’ later following, or Dunkin’ stepping up their food game with Starbuks doing the same. 

Let’s get into some personal opinions. Starting with freshman Paul Drumbl who stated, “I prefer Starbucks” with his reasoning being “my favorite product is their chocolate croissants so I’ll probably be there the most.”

Now for a Dunkin’ fan, we have junior Emma Bates who brings a good point to the table. “I would choose Dunkin’ over Starbucks because they have better tasting food”, Bates says. 

When asked what her all time favorite food at Dunkin’ is, she answers, “My favorite product at Dunkin’ is the brownie batter donut.” What a good choice.

Now for a strong Starbucks advocate, senior Olivia Williams. “If I had to pick, I’d pick Starbucks, because I’ve never really given Dunkin’ a chance, and I feel like Starbucks’ menu has more variety.” When asked where she thinks she’ll be more she said, “I’ll probably be at whichever one has a shorter line”. Williams left off with a strong comment saying “Dunkin’ tastes like creekwater!!!!”