Dutch Bros, Dunkin' or Starbucks? Where can you get the most buzz for your buck?

Posted at 7:28 PM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-31 01:27:20-04
Coffee.  Some of us need it to function.  There are endless choices of drive-thrus to pick up that cup of joe. Which company brews the best?  Which is the most expensive?  Which is the least expensive?  
We asked people in Tempe to try three different brands in a blind taste test; Dunkin' Donuts, Dutch Bros, and Starbucks.  After tallying the votes, Dutch Bros was the favorite with 39 percent of the vote, Starbucks was second with 35 percent, and Dunkin Donuts received 26 percent.
But the best taste means the biggest cost, though not by much.
Of the three we purchased, Starbucks was the cheapest per ounce at 15.5 cents, Dunkin' was second at 16 cents, and fan favorite Dutch Bros was 17 cents.
As for other restaurants:
  • McDonald's 8 cents per ounce
  • Burger King 8 cents per ounce
  • Jack in the Box 12 cents per ounce
  • Chick Fil A 16.5 cents per ounce

(Price per ounce based on the cost of a small coffee.)

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