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Dunkin Donuts blend?
Anyone know what the recipe is for their 100% Arabica signature blend? Apparently, it hasn't changed since it was created in the early '50s. A spokesperson said it had 4 or 5 beans in it. I always thought it was just Brazilian.
Brew it at 170F, then heat it to 220F, then serve. That's all I know.

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Called JM Smucker...Their customer service response was that they source beans from 70 different countries across the globe. Depending on availability (which I interpret as price), the blend will actually change.
Then she went on to read from her screen about flavor profiles and how they won't change even though the beans change...The goal of course is to remain consistent...
Here's my take on their consistency.
Though the coffee is never actually the same, you are going to put a copious amount sugar and a heavy dose of cream to cover up any nuance that the coffee had..So, at the end of the day, our cream and sugar remain the same, thus our coffee remains the same.
Edited by Unta on 12/02/2011 10:08 AM
Sean Harrington
Smuckers just so happens to be a real player in the coffee biz. Foldgers, Millstone, DD packaged items, along with some cuban espresso company. Makes me think that the DD packaged coffee is even going to be different from the DD store coffee.
Sean Harrington
Is RL Smuckers simply your regional roaster for them? Locally for me, Sara Lee is the big regional roaster...they handle a number of brands around this area including Millstone.
....Big commercial coffee is a strange world. -Scott
JM smuckers must own the rights to the DD and millstone, I have no idea if they actually do the roasting. The do own the brands.
They paid big money for Foldgers, from P&G.
Sean Harrington
frankly is tastes like branch water...

no taste.

a Ken Davids classic
the "Who Should Drink It:" in the review sums it up

Mega coffees:mooning:
Edited by farmroast on 12/02/2011 11:02 PM
Ed B.
DreamRoast 1kg roaster, Levers, Hand Mills
Dunkin Donuts is better? 86.

Edited by seedlings on 12/02/2011 11:32 PM
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seedlings wrote:
Dunkin Donuts is better? 86.


yeah 86 really?
My last fling with DeeDee was sept1 at Fenway park Bos. It was a night game and had a 2hr drive for home. They only had it in a huge cup for $4.50:naughty:
It had been a few years since I was desperate enough to need to buy a cup of DD.
It had some sweetness but more like substitute sweetener. There were the traits I had remembered, the top of the flavor tree cut off with a sort of body similar to the dust particles effect of a whirly grinder.
Then there were these creepy notes in the coffee. Not a clue what they tasted like because I think it would be something I wouldn't want to taste :yuck:
The worst part was it landed like a big lead sinker. As did the loss to the Yanks.
Ed B.
DreamRoast 1kg roaster, Levers, Hand Mills
Don't get me wrong. I'm not saying I like or recommend Dunkin Donuts coffee. I was just asking to provide some information for the coffee drinkers at work about the blending of their favorite brand. Thanks everyone for you help. Dan
I think in concept it's a huge blend of lower but not low grown coffees without much distinction good or bad. Sort of like many Italian espresso blends use many different beans that the result is much better than any of the single beans. If you could find a mix of 6-10 kinda boring but not funky lots and blended them you might get close yet better.
Guessing 60/40 south american blend and centrals blend, could add some island coffees to taste.or low acid africans
Edited by farmroast on 12/04/2011 12:48 PM
Ed B.
DreamRoast 1kg roaster, Levers, Hand Mills
Hi guys:

been reading this and when I saw the 86 award for this coffee I was frankly shocked.

I forget that 97% of the public drink coffee from gas stations, donut shops, Starbucks and the like...

my sister is always sending me greens from her travels, some of the best were the wild beans from Africa.

the other day she sent me a can of Trader Joe's Java whatever and I was shocked to see the degree of roast on these beans; we are talking way dark roast. I think Trader's is now going the way of Starbucks and overroasting.

is the idea that they will somehow taste better longer, the date of experiation was 4/13.


I did try them as single origin espresso and it was not bad. will mix them up with some maysore nuggets to use as cafe crema.

another thing, how can they get those tasting notes with a coffee that has no taste?


John Despres
I suppose when they stale it for 6 - 8 months, it doesn't matter what they put in there.


Respect the bean.
John Despres
Fresh Roast 8, Gene Cafe, JYTT 1k, Quest M3, Mazzer Mini, Technivorm, various size presses and many more brewers.
I guess the DD beans are a step up from the supermarket things in those plastic bins (George Howell calls them pieces of brown painted wood).

KKTO Roaster.
86 was a PRE GROUND sample even...??? Ken Davids, hello... your guru status is at risk.

Well, he did say it was a blind assessment.

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Totally off topic but I love the new farmroast avatar.
Edited by jkoll42 on 12/04/2011 8:33 PM
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Since I've been out of town and no access to great coffee, I picked up a bag of regular whole bean dunkin donut. The wallmart here in Brush Colorado sells tons of DD and the coffee was very fresh and actually tasted pretty darn good. I brewed it cowboy method in a 2 cup pyrex and had great results. No, not as good as my typical SO roasted in my 1 lb drum but surprisingly tasty with some complexity to boot.

Just wanted to share this for any of you who are in the middle of nowhere USA and are undecided on what grocery store bag O beans to drop in the cart.

1/2 lb and 1 lb drum, Siemens Sirocco fluidbed, presspot, chemex, cajun biggin brewer from the backwoods of Louisiana
Before I got into home roasting, DD whole beans were my favorite; but quite pricy. Would love to know the blend.
So many beans; so little time....
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