Why does Dunkin Donuts put cream in a regular coffee?

Why does Dunkin Donuts put cream in a regular coffee?

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  1. Why does Dunkin Donuts put cream in a regular coffee?
    I don’t order coffee at Dunkin that often, but every time I have, I need to specify how much cream and sweetener I want, and the counter help them prepares it accordingly.
    As an example, I usually ask for two cream, a sugar and two stevia. My neighbor prefers a single cream and three Equals. If we don’t specify in the original order (that is, say simply ask for a medium coffee), the clerk always asks us how much of each we want before ringing in the order.
    Based on your question and some of the other responses, it must be a regional thing.

  2. I walk in and say I want a large regular…. it means I get cream and sugar. Sometimes I get more sugar than I may actually want but other times it’s just right.

  3. Back in the day, diners and cafes made your coffee for you.
    Regular — cream+sugar
    Light — milk
    White — cream
    Sweet — sugar
    Most places now just put out cream and sugar and let you make your own. When I worked for Dunkin Donuts in the 70s, this was the way it was done. For whatever reason, Dunkin kept the tradition.

  4. Depends on the locale, I guess—but in many parts on New England where DD started a “regular” coffee has cream and sugar in it (it may be milk and sugar). How this developed into “regular” I have no idea.
    I don’t like black coffee—but it seems to me a “regular coffee” would be black with caffeine.
    My wife—from California—ordered a coffee in a Mass. DD and they asked if she wanted regular—she said yes thinking regular is black.
    It wasn’t.

  5. It seems that in the USA the coffeehouse companies have a need to make things harder for people to order and it seems that it gives an “edge” to the service. I have seen more than once a “barista” working for these companies give a smirk when a customer doesn’t understand how an order should go. Maybe it could make an order go faster until they come up on an unsavvy customer and have to not only make the drink again but have to explain the problem they have with ordering in another so-so tasting coffee place with their own language that doesn’t translate to reality very well.
    I guess I am like Jimmy Buffett and just don’t want that much order in my life.
    Thanks for the A2A Blake Winfield

  6. East Coast a regular coffee is cream and sugar. As long as i can remember and I am 64.
    In the midwest a regular is black and sugarless caffeinated.
    Go figure.

  7. It might not come out this way but really Dunkin strives for fast, consistent service. Every item has a “standard build” based on how people typically order it – one particular example is that standard build for an iced tea is actually unsweetened with a lemon slice, because more people want the lemon than don’t want it. It’s supposed to shave off a few seconds from each order for overall faster service.
    So when you say you want a “regular coffee” at Dunkin, I hear that you want a medium hot coffee with three creams and three sugars. This is confusing for first-timers, because in other places regular often means as opposed to decaf. You could order it with different specifications, no problem – e.g. “regular coffee less sugar”, “large hazelnut coffee extra cream”. It does seem like quite a bit of cream and sugar but that really is the most common order. At my former store during the summer we could all make a medium iced coffee with caramel swirl, cream, and sugar without even thinking about it.

    Eight O’Clock

  8. That’s the million dollar question. I prefer no cream or sugar in my coffee I like it poured just from the pot to my cup and enjoy. That’s regular to me but I haven’t found a dunkin yet that makes a regular coffee without cream or milk.

  9. Especially in New York City, asking for “coffee regular” means cream and sugar. This surprised me once, too. “Black coffee” is a good way to order unadulterated caffeine.


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