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(Quartz)   As Dunkin' Donuts expands to Bulgaria, Middle East, and Asia, American cities and states outside of Northeast are still bereft of their delicious coffee and pastries   (qz.com) divider line 107
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2014-01-19 02:27:54 PM
Krispy mutha farkin' Kreme.
 
2014-01-19 02:37:43 PM
Yawn, you can't go two feet without bumping into one here.  I like their coffee and the plain donut it good, if you like that kind of thing.  Their corn muffins are okay, but really too sweet.
 
2014-01-19 03:47:37 PM
They're all over Florida as well.  The donuts are good enough, I can't tell any difference between their coffee and anyone else's though, but I rarely drink coffee.
 
2014-01-19 04:27:20 PM
They're OK, but you're really not missing much if you don't have one.
 
2014-01-19 04:35:32 PM
Their donuts are terrible compared to Krispy Kreme, but their rolls and bagels aren't bad. Not a coffee drinker so I can't say anything good/bad about it.
 
2014-01-19 04:38:21 PM
Georgia is a northeastern state?
 
2014-01-19 04:49:31 PM
Yep, all over Florida.  Can't say I'm a fan of their acid-blend coffee, though.
 
2014-01-19 04:51:56 PM

BravadoGT: Georgia is a northeastern state?


As are Texas and Nevada apparently.
 
2014-01-19 04:52:29 PM

TheXerox: Their donuts are terrible compared to Krispy Kreme, but their rolls and bagels aren't bad. Not a coffee drinker so I can't say anything good/bad about it.


Panera Bread makes excellent bagels.
 
2014-01-19 04:53:23 PM
alaric3:  Krispy mutha farkin' Kreme.

Sorry, Krispy Kreme is acceptable *ONLY* if you like cardboard soaked in way too much sugar.  Worst frickin' donuts I ever had in my life.

Not to mention that the biggest cockroach I ever saw in my life was sitting at the counter in a Krispy Kreme on Rte 1 South in Alexandria, VA, a couple miles south of the Beltway.
 
2014-01-19 04:54:22 PM
qzprod.files.wordpress.com
 Hmm, someone failed at geography.
 
2014-01-19 05:00:00 PM

alaric3: Krispy mutha farkin' Kreme.


Ayup.

Though DD coffee is still superior.
 
2014-01-19 05:02:02 PM
Dunkin Donuts is a welcome inexpensive alternative to Starbucks.
 
In the past few years they've been putting Dunkin shops in Chicago L stations, I can't believe they left that opportunity untapped before.

/ You know Krispy Kreme customers eat frosting from a can with a spoon. You know they do.
 
2014-01-19 05:17:56 PM
There is the best Dunkin Doughnuts outside the main Gate at Tung du Chon ( TDC) South Korea... (Home of the 2nd Inf. Div); oh hell ja's... hot and fresh and with all sorts of sprinkles and glazes at 0400 in the morning... all the drunk GI's getting off the civvie bus from the party bars in Seoul... trying to make PT formation. They were delicious!  ( 1989, C/1-503!!!)
 
2014-01-19 05:18:41 PM
I'm in the deep south and I have one closer to where I live and work than a Krispy Kreme.
 
2014-01-19 05:24:29 PM

zamboni: I'm in the deep south and I have one closer to where I live and work than a Krispy Kreme.


I'm in the South and there are 4 starbucks and a krispy creme closer to me than dunkin.

/in the whole city the count is SB 12, DD 2, KK 1
 
2014-01-19 05:28:43 PM

jaytkay: Dunkin Donuts is a welcome inexpensive alternative to Starbucks.
 
In the past few years they've been putting Dunkin shops in Chicago L stations, I can't believe they left that opportunity untapped before.

/ You know Krispy Kreme customers eat frosting from a can with a spoon. You know they do.


Just out of curiosity, how much cheaper per fluid ounce is DD compared to *$ for drip coffee?
 
2014-01-19 05:42:06 PM

StrikitRich: [qzprod.files.wordpress.com image 640x463]
 Hmm, someone failed at geography.


Was about to point that out.
/Won't buy Bain Doughnuts anyway.
 
2014-01-19 05:43:47 PM
Slurping on a Dunkin coffee outside of Chicago now ... So there
 
2014-01-19 05:49:17 PM
The strange thing isn't "the upper plains doesn't have Dunkin" so much as it is "the upper plains just doesn't have donut stores".  For instance, there's about a quarter-million people in greater Sioux Falls.  There are two small Daylight Donuts franchises in the entire city, which close by 2 in the afternoon.  Beyond that, you're down to Casey's gas-station level.

It's not like people are unfamiliar with donuts or particularly health conscious.  Take a similar-sized, similar demographic city like Saskatoon, and they somehow manage to support 25 Tim Hortons.

It just seems like a massive available market and I'm surprised that Dunkin (or Krispy or someone) hasn't taken advantage of it.
 
2014-01-19 05:55:36 PM

Lawnchair: The strange thing isn't "the upper plains doesn't have Dunkin" so much as it is "the upper plains just doesn't have donut stores".  For instance, there's about a quarter-million people in greater Sioux Falls.  There are two small Daylight Donuts franchises in the entire city, which close by 2 in the afternoon.  Beyond that, you're down to Casey's gas-station level.

It's not like people are unfamiliar with donuts or particularly health conscious.  Take a similar-sized, similar demographic city like Saskatoon, and they somehow manage to support 25 Tim Hortons.

It just seems like a massive available market and I'm surprised that Dunkin (or Krispy or someone) hasn't taken advantage of it.


Heck, Tim's could just move south of the border.
 
2014-01-19 05:56:01 PM

alaric3: Krispy mutha farkin' Kreme.


Are they the ones with custard in the centre? I spent a summer on Cape Cod eating nothing but them. A long time ago.
 
2014-01-19 06:13:49 PM
Drunken Grownup's coffee used to be excellent, but now Cumberland Farms has superior coffee and it's only a buck.

Their doughnuts are far better than Krispy Kreme.
 
2014-01-19 06:28:11 PM
DD is an exercise in mediocrity at best.  everything is OK except for the coffee which is awful.

/lifelong masshole
 
2014-01-19 06:29:18 PM
Our town's new Krispy Kreme is set to open in abut a week or so.
 
2014-01-19 06:38:37 PM
Dunkin Donuts in Korea was a little scary.  Everything was perfect.  Right down to the girls behind the counter, standing in a neat row.

They nailed the donuts, mostly.  I just don't get green tea frosting.
 
2014-01-19 06:40:28 PM
Eh, Dunkin was all over years ago in CA, as was Winchells.  Both of them failed miserably.  Krispy Kreme has closed many locations as well.  Do you know why?  No one beats the random Korean/Chinese/other immigrant at donuts at the random donut shop in the corner strip mall.
 
2014-01-19 07:01:30 PM

alaric3: Krispy mutha farkin' Kreme.


Are disgusting.
 
2014-01-19 07:09:26 PM

alaric3: Krispy mutha farkin' Kreme.


no
 
2014-01-19 07:14:12 PM

StrikitRich: [qzprod.files.wordpress.com image 640x463]
 Hmm, someone failed at geography.


Partially.  While all those states have them, from experience I can say that they're not that good.  You can't have coffee get old at a Dunkies inside 495, it's just impossible.  I'm sure there are days where a lot of non-northeastern locations wouldn't brew a second or third pot if they didn't have to.

It's just a different culture, it just is.
 
2014-01-19 07:15:03 PM
We don't have them where I live, but we have a locally run shop that has three stores that beats the hell out of anything you can get from Dunkin or any other chain.
 
2014-01-19 07:15:28 PM

bhcompy: Eh, Dunkin was all over years ago in CA, as was Winchells.  Both of them failed miserably.  Krispy Kreme has closed many locations as well.  Do you know why?  No one beats the random Korean/Chinese/other immigrant at donuts at the random donut shop in the corner strip mall.


I remember they were up here back in the 80's-early 90's.  Then a local entrepreneur opened a donut shop with free delivery anywhere in town.  His business boomed, other businesses took up the model, and it drove DD completely out of the state.

/rare case of a small business driving out the large corporation.
 
2014-01-19 07:33:34 PM
We have a KK and a brand-new DD within sight of each other about a mile from here (West Columbia, SC)
 
2014-01-19 07:41:05 PM
Delicious?

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2014-01-19 07:42:32 PM

AtlanticCoast63: We have a KK and a brand-new DD within sight of each other about a mile from here (West Columbia, SC)


Outside of any context, this could be arousing....
 
2014-01-19 07:44:16 PM
Was surprised and happy when I was walking in Berlin toward Checkpoint Charlie and along the way I found a Dunkin Donuts. Bitte!
 
2014-01-19 07:46:09 PM

StrikitRich: [qzprod.files.wordpress.com image 640x463]
 Hmm, someone failed at geography.


Map is bullshiat, I don't think there are any in California.

/definitely none in Washington :(
 
2014-01-19 07:46:20 PM
Old timey Bostonite here.... I remember when Dunkin' Donuts had purple and white signs. When I was a kid their donuts were superior, far superior to just about anything you could get, which is not saying much, since besides DD there were a few privately owned donut shops, they were pretty good, and supermarket donuts. That's it.

Cormee: alaric3: Krispy mutha farkin' Kreme.

Are they the ones with custard in the centre? I spent a summer on Cape Cod eating nothing but them. A long time ago.


No, those were probably Dunkin' Donuts.

Krispy Kreme didn't enter the Boston area until the 2000s.
 
2014-01-19 07:50:54 PM

FriarReb98: StrikitRich: [qzprod.files.wordpress.com image 640x463]
 Hmm, someone failed at geography.

Partially.  While all those states have them, from experience I can say that they're not that good.  You can't have coffee get old at a Dunkies inside 495, it's just impossible.  I'm sure there are days where a lot of non-northeastern locations wouldn't brew a second or third pot if they didn't have to.

It's just a different culture, it just is.


Agreed. I'm in NJ right now and the coffee at the local DDs is hit or miss. Mostly miss. Because of the bitterness.

They're mostly franchised and run by immigrants, which although they mean well, don't seem to get the fact that you have to constantly clean the DD coffee apparatus, or else get bitter coffee. Some of the franchise stores are quite good, and the coffee tastes fresh, but some are abysmal and make up for the bitter coffee by dumping a pint of cream in with the brew.
 
2014-01-19 07:51:58 PM

skinink: Was surprised and happy when I was walking in Berlin toward Checkpoint Charlie and along the way I found a Dunkin Donuts. Bitte!


Yeah? Wait until you find out that among the toppings at Domino's in Germany are canned tuna and squid.
 
2014-01-19 07:52:34 PM
Shipley Do-nuts FTW
 
2014-01-19 07:53:27 PM

undernova: Shipley Do-nuts FTW


Dis! I have two within 5 minutes of my house.
 
2014-01-19 08:01:54 PM

Cormee: alaric3: Krispy mutha farkin' Kreme.

Are they the ones with custard in the centre? I spent a summer on Cape Cod eating nothing but them. A long time ago.


You are thinking of Boston Cremes. basically a chocolate eclair donut. mmmm
 
2014-01-19 08:14:28 PM

TuteTibiImperes: Heck, Tim's could just move south of the border.


They already moved north, to Detroit.

/ Not kidding, look at a map
 
2014-01-19 08:18:51 PM
I prefer:

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Hot like....well never mind.
 
2014-01-19 08:26:10 PM

Swampmaster: There is the best Dunkin Doughnuts outside the main Gate at Tung du Chon ( TDC) South Korea... (Home of the 2nd Inf. Div); oh hell ja's... hot and fresh and with all sorts of sprinkles and glazes at 0400 in the morning... all the drunk GI's getting off the civvie bus from the party bars in Seoul... trying to make PT formation. They were delicious!  ( 1989, C/1-503!!!)


It wasn't there a decade later. And the home of 2ID is CRC. Casey just has some of the forward and support elements.
 
2014-01-19 09:06:26 PM

TuteTibiImperes: Heck, Tim's could just move south of the border.


They already have. They have stores mainly in Maine, New York State, Michigan and Ohio, but as far south as Virginia Beach.
 
2014-01-19 09:26:28 PM
I miss the old DD's locations with the circular counters and the original nubbed donut designed for dunking.
 
2014-01-19 10:48:17 PM
You can't throw a rock in New England without hitting two churches and three dunkins.
 
2014-01-19 10:55:38 PM
None in India? I don't remember the last time I saw someone who wasn't Indian working at a DD.
 
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