I lost a bet. This week my fantasy football team lost to my nemesis Bernard. We play each other once a season and I’ve lost to him eight times in nine years. Every year we bet a coffee to the winner which seems like a simple enough bet, but it’s more than that. It’s Dunkin’ Donuts versus Starbucks. Bernard is a Dunkin’ man through and through. I’m a Starbucks kind of girl. He hates the pretense of Starbucks and I hate the low quality of all things Dunkin’ Donuts. I lost again this year and this morning it was time to pay the piper.
On my way to work I had to stop and get Bernard his coffee, a large with cream only. It is less than four miles from my home to work and when I stop at Starbucks, there are no choices. There is one close enough to work for my morning coffee. It isn’t even on the way but rather about a half mile beyond, but for me worth the journey. Starbucks doesn’t flood the market. They strategically locates stores where success is almost assured. Dunkin’ Donuts on the other hand just keeps building Dunkin’ Donuts without giving a moment of thought to location. Obviously it works on some level since I’ve never seen a Dunkin’ Donuts close, but I wonder how profitable the individual stores actually are, but I digress. There are five possible Dunkin’ Donuts to stop at on my way to work. So which one? There are two with drive throughs so I’ll go to one of those. One is in a town that has a boil water ban in place so I’ll hit the other which happens to be closest to house.
As I pull into the parking lot, I see that the drive through is more than a dozen cars deep. Minivans and pick up truck waiting in single file to get their morning elixir. I can’t wait in this line. So I park my car and go inside where there is no line and there are three people waiting at the counter to wait on me. By the time I got my coffee and headed out the door, the drive through line had only progressed by one car. Are these people so lazy that they can’t go inside? It’s a beautiful day and maybe the 20 foot walk would help burn off a crumb worth of calories in that waffle sandwich you are ordering. The people inside were also very friendly and efficient. To Bernard’s point, it was also nice to be able to order using normal size words rather than the unnecessary “tall, grande, venti” scheme that Starbucks uses. So no time for two coffee stops I had to get my morning coffee here, but after two sips which tasted like old bathwater I realized today is a no coffee day. If I had a better fantasy football team this would be a grande day!