Dunkin’ Donuts is definitely taking over. In some parts of the Northeast there is a shop on almost every other corner. They are springing up like Baptist churches in Georgia. If you Google Dunkin Donuts Warwick, RI, for example, you’ll get maps showing 20 of them within a 2-mile radius. Starbucks still has more stores nationally, but it’s only a matter of time before the Dunk overtakes it.
Around Western New York, the Dunk’s only real competition is Tim Hortons, with Starbucks probably running third in popularity with the crowds I hang out with. Most of my acquaintances might argue about whether or not Dunk coffee is better than Hortons, but pretty much everyone agrees that Starbucks just doesn’t cut it when it comes to plain old Joe.
I understand that McDonalds also makes really good coffee. I need to make a mental note to remember to try it some day.