It’s National Espresso Day! In celebration of this special day, we sat down for a Q&A with Jim Cleaves, Manager of Coffee Excellence at Dunkin’, and an expert in all things coffee and espresso.
So Jim, tell us about the history of espresso at Dunkin’.
Dunkin’ introduced espresso in 2003 to give our guests another way to keep them energized throughout the day. In 2018, Dunkin’ launched an entirely new handcrafted espresso experience and lineup of espresso drinks. With new state-of-the-art espresso equipment for optimal espresso bean extraction, a new recipe for a stronger and more robust flavor profile, and even a bold and bright new cup design, Dunkin’ now serves an elevated experience that keeps espresso fans running.
Since then, we have continued to extend and innovate our espresso lineup, including the introduction of Signature Lattes, a line of espresso beverages that deliver a delicious new way to enjoy a Dunkin’ Latte. Available hot or iced, our Lattes, Signature Lattes, Cappuccinos, Macchiatos, and Americanos are all hand crafted and customizable.
How is espresso different than coffee brewed in a drip style brewer, like the ones in DD restaurants?
Espresso has a unique brewing process. Our espresso is made from 100% Rainforest Alliance certified, high-quality Arabica beans, which are freshly ground moments before the beverage is brewed. Hot water is then forced through the finely ground espresso beans under high pressure, delivering a rich, bold flavor.
How can I order my espresso at Dunkin’?
We have a robust lineup of espresso beverages here at Dunkin’. You can get your espresso fix in a hot or iced Latte, Macchiato or Cappuccino, a shot of espresso, or by adding a Shot of espresso to your coffee or hot chocolate. Guests can add flavors as well, including classics like Mocha and French Vanilla, as well as Holiday favorites like Peppermint Mocha.
Earlier this month we announced four new holiday inspired Signature Lattes: Holiday Eggnog, Merry Mocha Mint, Toasted Gingerbread and Frosted White Chocolate. Check out this blog post to learn more about our NEW signature lattes.
If you are not sure of the differences between Lattes, Macchiato, and Cappuccinos, check out our post describing them here.
Which espresso drink is your favorite?
My go-to is a simple shot of espresso, but right now I am also enjoying Peppermint Mocha. It’s a returning holiday favorite here at Dunkin’. The cool peppermint flavor with rich chocolate makes for a perfect combination in my morning coffee.
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