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12 Best Hot Coffee Drinks to Try at Dunkin Donuts

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Coffee and donuts are one of the greatest love stories of our time. Sure, you could have one or the other, but if you can indulge in both, isn’t that better? We think it is!

Finding a delicious donut and a great cup of hot coffee at the same location isn’t always easy. 

Enter Dunkin Donuts. Although this establishment is lovingly named after a sweet treat, we’re not after that at this moment.

What we’re looking for is amazing hot coffee drinks. Let’s begin, shall we?


  1.  Latte

    A latte without the perfect layer of foam, cannot be called a true latte. Fortunately for us, Dunkin offers a ‘true latte’.

    The rich notes of espresso, lacing their way through creamy steamed milk, are accentuated by the fact that Dunkin’s espresso is freshly ground and brewed in-house.

    This is a must-try, for sure! By the way, ‘latte’ translates to ‘milk’ in Italian, but the latte as we understand it is derived from ‘Caffe e latte’, which means ‘espresso and milk’. Fun facts!

  2. Macchiato

    Looking for that extra caffeine kick without a bitter aftertaste? Good, then Dunkin’s macchiato is the drink for you.

    Made with two shots of espresso mixed with rich and creamy milk (or dairy alternative), this drink is a great way to start off your day, or to supply you with a pick-me-up, should your day be not-so-stress free.

    Either way, it is a great-tasting hot coffee drink! Hold on. Ever wondered who invented the macchiato? While there is no definitive “aha!” moment, most coffee experts agree that the macchiato was first created in Italy during the 1980s.

    It was apparently an attempt to distinguish an espresso beverage that included a drop of milk. Who knew? We all do now!

  3. Cappuccino

    What’s the happy medium when it comes to flavor? For coffee, it’s the smoky notes of espresso combined with just the right amount of milk (whole or skim), steamed to tasty delicious perfection.

    The rich aroma alone is enough to make your mood go from good to great, but wait until you taste it. Unassuming, yet oh so smooth and wonderful. Trust us and try it

  4. Espresso

    Sometimes simplicity is the best form of purity. If you’re looking for a high-quality coffee at Dunkin, then espresso brewed from the finest Arabica beans is just what you need.

    The natural slightly sweet and citrus flavor of the beans is easily discerned in a Dunkin Donuts espresso. The balance of sweet, smooth, and bold flavors combined in a single little cup of coffee is what all coffee lovers seek. Look no further than here, to find it!

  5. Signature Latte

    Looking for a twist on a classic? Then the Signature Latte is the drink for you. Made with the same high-quality ingredients as their standard latte, the Signature Latte, is given a personality of its own.

    With the addition of whipped cream, pumpkin flavor swirl syrup, caramel craze, or cocoa mocha, and toppings of your choice it’s super customizable. You can make this hot coffee drink your own, so customize it away!

  6. Americano

    A standard at most coffee shops, the Americano at Dunkin Donuts, is anything but standard fare.

    Made from a double shot of Dunkin’s 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified espresso, diluted with the perfect amount of hot water, creates a drink bursting with robust coffee flavors that put all others to shame. We’re not in the business of shaming, but let’s just say this coffee’s flavor stands out in a crowd.

    For the purpose of enlightenment, the Rainforest Alliance Certification Program is a way of guaranteeing that an ingredient has been produced in a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable manner. Sourcing matters. Thanks, Dunkin!

  7. Dunkaccino

    Can’t make up your mind between coffee or hot chocolate? Why not have both? A Dunkaccino is the ideal pairing of sweet and smoky flavors. Its name doesn’t quite describe just how tasty the drink is, but imagine a coffee mixed with hot chocolate and you have yourself a Dunkaccino. Marvelous!

  8. Chai Latte

    A blend of tea and spices (think cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon), all steeped in a steaming cup of milk, making your drink as delectable as possible, lays the groundwork for a warm and soothing hot drink experience that’s second to none.

    Need to wind down the day properly? We highly recommend the Chai Latte here! Real quick though, what is chai?

    The actual word comes from the Hindi for ‘tea’, and is used to describe a spiced tea blend in which black tea has been infused with spices such as the aforementioned ones.

  9. Vanilla Spice

    While it’s not coffee, it is a hot caffeinated drink. Considering that this drink contains tea and tea contains caffeine, this warm, welcoming beverage will make your day, for sure.

    It’s made by steaming milk together with vanilla and spices rendering the mixture as flavorful as you can imagine. So, if coffee doesn’t take your fancy, then maybe this drink will. You won’t know until you try it though!

  10. Matcha Latte

    A thick and creamy concoction that’s sure to boost your mood. Matcha green tea, blended into milk, is the foundation for your sipping pleasure.

    Personalize this drink and make it a true expression of who you are and what you like, and if that doesn’t sound like a cup full of fun, well then, what is?

    For those who aren’t quite sure, what exactly, matcha is, it’s powdered green tea made from young tea leaves that are typically whisked with hot water, to create a foamy, light, and aromatic green tea that is much more subtle, than the tea brewed by infusing the leaves into a hot liquid. A subtle tea flavor intermingling with the silkiness of milk? Yes please!

  11. Hot Chocolate
    As we head into cooler weather, there’s nothing like a hot cup of liquid magic, erm… chocolate (same thing), to warm you from top to bottom. Dunkin’s hot chocolate comes in a variety of flavors; in addition to the original flavor, you can also enjoy this drink in espresso, mint, and Oreo flavors.

    As a side note – the Aztecs used chocolate as a form of currency, and as a celebratory beverage when closing deals.

    Here we are today, still drinking the delicious drink, not necessarily to close deals but just because, and with places like Dunkin’s serving it up in a range of tasty flavors, well, let’s just say we struck liquid gold.

  12. Premium Hot Teas and Herbal Infusions

    There is a tea for every season and at this establishment, it means enjoying flavors like chamomile, cool mint, hibiscus, harmony leaf green tea, and the ever-faithful breakfast black tea.

    A traditional hot tea might not be quintessentially American, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing to drink. Being able to try and test different flavors of tea allows us to expand our beverage imbibing stomping grounds to other hot drink beverages out there.

    Try these! We think you’ll really like them.

Now that we’ve listed 12 of the best hot coffee beverages at Dunkin’ Donuts, a little extra help on how to streamline the process of ordering your drink of choice is coming up!

Knowing exactly how to order your hot beverage helps the barista to help you get your drink the way you want it, and as speedily as possible. So, effort in means results out, that’s how we like to think of it. Here we go..

How to Order Hot Coffee Drinks at Dunkin' Donuts

First, decide which drink you’re going to get. You might not always know what it is you’re in the mood for until you see it in the store, on the menu, or smell the tantalizing aroma for yourself. Once you’ve figured out what’s appealed to your senses, decide on what blend of coffee you want.

To get a coffee that’s not too robust, let them know by asking for a light blend. If you want that with milk and sugar, the key phrase is “light and sweet”. This coffee isn’t too potent and contains extra cream and sugar.

For those of us who have sweet teeth (not a typo, some people have more than just a sweet tooth – nothing wrong with that!), it’s the perfect way to word it, without explaining to the barista that you love sugar. Not that it matters, but keeping orders simple helps. First the order, then the chit-chat.

Okay, if you’re not too fond of sugar and want a drink with less than the standard amount, use the phrase “easy sugar” or “easy on the sugar”. It means that you still want a little sweetness, but not as much. If you don’t want any sugar, then be specific about that and just say “no sugar”.

Now, if you want a coffee that’s still sweet but doesn’t have as much cream or milk, the operative phrase will be “dark coffee”. Bolder flavor, with the delectable sweetness complementing the coffee – mmmm!

Then there’s “black coffee” for those who want no milk, cream, or sugar. This is for the brave, the bold, the ones who know what they want.

They are determined to taste just the coffee, the ingredient that puts the pep in their step. It’s an acquired taste for sure, but there are many people who drink coffee without anything diluting the natural flavor of the brew.

Alright, now that we’ve got the kind of coffee down, you’ll want to know about the flavor shots and swirls. These aren’t one and the same. They are quite different.

Flavor shots are, as the name suggests, shots of flavor; however, they are unsweetened and completely sugar-free. They are also dairy-free and vegan-friendly. As a side note, flavor shots will add about 10 calories to your drink, for those who have to watch their sugar intake, so this is a great option.

Flavor swirls on the other hand are sweetened and can add up to 150 calories to your beverage, depending on which swirl you choose. They also contain dairy, so if you’re looking for dairy-free alternatives, or are seeking a vegan-friendly flavor boost, this is not the option you’ll want to go with.

So, what would ordering a hot coffee beverage at Dunkin Donuts sound like?

It’s likely to go along the lines of, “One medium black coffee with a shot of vanilla, please”, or “one large Cappuccino with a swirl of hazelnut”.

When it comes to ordering anything, you don’t have to always know exactly what you want, and it’s important to ask questions if and when you don’t know something. If you’re able to familiarize yourself with your order before you place it, it just helps make the process of getting your delicious drink easier.

Here’s the deal folks: coffee is an entire dimension all its own. It’s a world in and of itself with topography as vast and varied as the blends and flavors themselves!

Learning how to get the most out of your hot coffee beverage is all about learning the brews’ characteristics, the different kinds of coffee drinks that are out there, and most importantly, how you like to enjoy them.

There is no right or wrong way to drink a coffee beverage, only a “you” way. It’s pretty cool when you think about it; an entire realm of drink flavors and flares, with a history as deep and rich as the beverage itself, and here we are enjoying it our very own personalized way at Dunkin’ Donuts today!

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