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Corvairfan
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Posted Tue Dec 2, 2008, 2:31pm
Subject: Dunkin Donuts at home...how to get it to taste like the shops?
 

Ok, I live in New England and I like Dunkin Donuts on occassion.

With that said, I have a Breville burr grinder, Melitta pourover, a French Press and just bought a Bunn. I spent $13 on 8 ounces of coffee from a local roaster, and trying home roasting so trying to do it right.

But I have always wanted to get Dunkin Donuts at home to taste like the shops. Back in the early days I even got beans from the same bag the store used for their grinders. But I used a blade and a Braun...no good.

So today, armed with these 4 coffee devices in hand I want to find the freshest of the D+D stale beans(LOL) and see if I can get the shop flavor at home.

Any tips on grind size, ratio to 8 ounces of water, temperature and time?

No luck on the search engine here but I swear I read a post from someone that used to work there but couldn't find that post in the search.

Any tips?
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Posted Tue Dec 2, 2008, 4:55pm
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When you have it at the shops, do you drink it with cream or without?  I know they use a really heavy cream which gives the coffee a rich taste if you add it - if you use heavy cream/whipping cream with something that has a base of Brazilian beans, based on my experiences it can be similar to Dunkin Donuts coffee.
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Posted Tue Dec 2, 2008, 7:56pm
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Yes Jeff, cream and sugar. I seem to think they use 2 teaspoons...heck maybe 3...of sugar to the 14 ounce coffee then light cream.

I called D+D today to ask them how to interpret the date on their beans. I guess the date on the package is now about 10 months after bagging/roasting.

I took a peak at the chart the shops use. They say they brew at 195-200. 58 ounces in a Bunn 3.2 ounces of coffee.

I bought one of the 2ounce bricks probably vacuum packed back in September in my Bunn to 36 ounces of water this morning. Still pretty weak and no flavor but oddly enough better tasting than older attempts with their coffee in non-200 degree brewers.

Still will probably spring the $7 and try to find some fresher beans and see if a pourover will yield a better cup than the Bunn.  

Just wondering if anyone here tinkered with all the equations and got the right cup.
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Posted Wed Dec 3, 2008, 11:37am
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My mother-in-law wonders the same thing. I told her there are lots of reasons for the difference in taste. One thing is that a place like that has comercial brewers that function at the proper temp. which is something her $30 drip machine can't do. Another thing I think alot of people overlook is water quality. If you don't have balanced water it's not going to make great coffee. One more thing..... my mother-in-law will buy preground Dunkin Donuts in the supermarket and wonder why it just isn't the same as in the store. Duh..... Later!
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Posted Wed Dec 3, 2008, 12:24pm
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I still think one of the keys to replicating the taste is the heavy cream, and a coffee with a base of Brazilian coffee.  If you ever try Dunkin Donuts coffee without any cream and sugar, it has a unique taste to it, but it's nothing spectacular and to me it's on the bitter side.  I used to get Dunkin Donuts coffee every day on the way to work before roasting at home, and I don't think the beans they sell in the store are what they use to brew, but I haven't tried them ground fresh with heavy cream.  They do have a very loyal following around here (Chicago) as well - most days the drive-thru has a long line in the morning.  I believe the company makes more money on the coffee compared to donuts.
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Posted Wed Dec 3, 2008, 1:49pm
Subject: Re: Dunkin Donuts at home...how to get it to taste like the shops?
 

I have to agree with Jeff on this one. The heavy cream they use is a big part of the flavor and mouth feel of DD coffee. I would use the DD Coffee in the Bunn and use either bottled or filtered tap water, then add heavy whipping cream to your taste. You'll be pretty close to the mark. You may have to play with the fineness of the grind to dial it in.

My father, a retired law enforcement officer, always said they got labelled with the donut thing because they were always stopping to get more coffee. He's a huge DD fan.

 
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Posted Wed Dec 3, 2008, 6:54pm
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I just did some more testing tonight with not great results. 2 sugars, 8 ounce mug, light cream.

In the Bunn I tried 8 heaping tablespoons for 50 ounces ground course like on the Terroir website. Had a sour taste to it.

I did heaping because in previous coffee tests in the Bunn it made weak coffee with 56 grams of coffee for 50 ounces...though that was with the regular head not the restrictor I am using in this test.

Then:

Took 2 just below level tablespoons(14 grams)on previous measurement ...ground mid drip on my Breville and did a pourover. Kind of watery but for the most part tasted exactly like D+D. SUCCESS.

Then:

I did 2 heaping tablespoons ground mid drip in the pourover and it too got sour.

Then:

Took 4 heaping tablespoons for 25 ounces in the Bunn ground mid drip as I did for the pourover. Still sour.

QUESTION:

I thought more beans ground finer killed the sour taste and moved toward bitter? That was not the case.


All and all I have it dialed in for pourover but I am severely disappointing in the coffee the Bunn is making.

Maybe I should dump it and go for the 6 cup Melitta pourover...but that is a lot of work for a few cups of coffee.
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Posted Wed Dec 3, 2008, 7:07pm
Subject: Re: Dunkin Donuts at home...how to get it to taste like the shops?
 

Sour and bitter is the result of water temperature, not the amount of grind, which by the way you are not using enough of for my taste.

Sour means water temperature too low. Have you checked the Bunn???

 
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Posted Thu Dec 4, 2008, 11:53am
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Too fine of a grind and you will have over extracted coffee, I would start with a more course grind.

 
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Posted Mon Dec 8, 2008, 1:12pm
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I have tried Dunkin Donuts whole beans on three different occasions, and found the coffee to be undrinkable.
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