If you live in Denver you likely have been bombarded with Dunkin’ Donuts ads on TV, promoting tantalizing seasonal donut flavors and excellent coffee. If you stop into a local Wal-Mart, you’ll see Dunkin’ Donuts coffee for sale. Dunkin’s coffee is so good it apparently warrants its own packaged beans, but I realized I have never tasted their much praised coffee, why? You may have noticed that Dunkin’ Donuts also serves hot breakfast sandwiches. Local donut chains like Krispy Kreme and Winchell’s don’t have breakfast offerings resembling anything close to what Dunkin ‘dishes up. After seeing what Dunkin’ Donuts makes for breakfast I knew I had to try them again, it’s been years since I’ve walked into one of their shops.
One morning recently, I was craving a donut and some good coffee. The Dunkin’ Donuts commercials ran through my mind and I knew I had to visit a store. I searched the Dunkin’ Donuts website and realized there wasn’t a Dunkin’ Donuts in Denver, although their products and ads are all over this market. The last store near Denver was located in Aurora and it closed months ago. So the only option is to travel to Colorado Springs for a Dunkin’ Donuts experience, and I was almost convinced to make the trip due to very successful advertising.
I didn’t make the trip, I decided upon Winchell’s because their donuts somewhat compare to Dunkin’ in taste, but they have less variety. Winchell’s beat out Krispy Kreme donuts, which I had overdosed-on during the past weeks because they are ‘way’ too close to my home.
Although I chose Winchell’s, l am very well aware that Winchell’s doesn’t excel in all areas of the coffee and donut craft. I had tried Winchell’s coffee on a few occasions, and quickly discovered why they don’t sell their coffee brand in Wal-Mart. I never get good coffee at Winchell’s.
The last time I had coffee at Winchell’s, the cashier slash donut-baker poured the last drops of coffee from a pitcher into my styrofoam cup. The coffee looked like iced tea, more transparent than I’m used to. I walked to the condiment area and poured some powdered cream in my coffee from a container that looked stained and had crusty clumps of dried cream around the lip of the dispenser lid. I took a sip and decided I would never drink another coffee at Winchell’s again.
So recently, I decided to buy a cup of coffee from Starbucks and get my donuts at Winchell’s.
It seems that if Winchell’s is surviving in the Denver market with its poor coffee, so could Dunkin’ Donuts with its world famous coffee. Even more unexplainable is the recent news that I heard. Dunkin’ is expanding into China and hasn’t even made inroads in the Denver area yet. Denver is slighted again, in favor of just 1.3 Billion potential buyers in China.
This should be expected though. Denver had to listen to people brag about mouth watering, double iced, and melty Krispy Kreme donuts for years until we finally saw a shop open on our out-skirts. Now we have to listen to most of the world and ‘Colorado Springs’ brag about the donut shop with the best coffee and sandwiches.
So here’s my petition to Dunkin’ Brands on behalf of the people of Denver. Build a Dunkin’ Donuts in Denver, so that when ‘We the People’ of Denver are not eating Krispy Kreme, we will have a second option. Otherwise stop incessantly advertising here about how great you are. Thank You.