Kait Quinn & Brianna Robbins – 1851 Staff
Brianna Robbins and Kait Quinn experimented with two beverage establishments near Lasell College: Dunkin’ Donuts in Auburndale and the Starbucks in Newton. Price, quality, and taste were analyzed. Bri specifically had small holiday lattes and Kait specifi cally had small peppermint mocha lattes.
2096 Commonwealth Avenue Auburndale, MA 02466
Bri- A small 10 oz. red velvet latte without whipped cream reasonably costs $2.09. The service was fast, but the order was wrong. The employee added the red velvet syrup to the already made regular latte which caused it to taste extremely sugary at the top and flavorless at the bottom. The drink was served at an extremely hot temperature, making it necessary to wait for the drink to cool down. 1/5
Kait- A small 10 oz. peppermint mocha latte for $2.09 was not worth the trip. There was chocolate drizzle on top of the frothy foam, but it still lacked peppermint mocha flavor. The service was quick but the drink was not flavorful or sweet. In fact, it was not until I got past the extreme temperature of the drink, that I noticed they did not give me peppermint mocha flavoring or whipped cream at all. 1/5
2322 Washington St. Newton, MA 02462
Bri- A tall (small) 12 oz. gingerbread latte was costly at $3.75. I was given the choice of milk for the latte and went with nonfat. I was also given the choice of having the latte with whipped cream and molasses on top, choosing just the molasses. The molasses drizzle was the perfect extra taste to the gingerbread flavoring in the latte. The gingerbread taste was extremely satisfying, yet not too sweet. The drink was served at the perfect temperature. The service was friendly and quick, but there was limited space to sit inside and parking can be difficult. 5/5
Kait- Although a 12 oz. drink was $4.01, the tall (small) peppermint mocha latte had a strong mint and rich chocolate taste. The temperature was cool enough to drink right away. On top of the freshly made whipped cream, were chocolate candy bits, which added to the delicious flavor. There was a subtle mint aftertaste. Although the parking is limited as well as the seats inside the store; it was worth it. The service was quick and you can buy the peppermint mocha coffee itself to make at home. 5/5
Even though Dunkin’ Donuts has the reasonable price, it is worth spending the extra couple of dollars on a Starbucks holiday latte. Dunkin’ Donuts holiday drinks were either too sweet or had no flavor to it at all. The service was sub-par at best. The size of the drink is smaller compared to Starbucks as well. Starbucks is more costly but you won’t mind spending more after tasting the flavorful drinks in a bigger size.