Like Starbucks, much of Dunkin's coffee is sourced from Latin American countries such as Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. The coffee is then transported to roasting facilities in the U. S., where different beans are blended together to create a perfectly balanced cup of coffee. In addition to sourcing coffee from Latin America, Dunkin' also obtains beans from other regions around the world such as Kenya and Ethiopia.
Prices for Dunkin' coffee vary depending on where it is purchased; grocery retailers set their own prices, while the franchisor sets prices at Dunkin' restaurants. The environment of a coffee shop can also affect the taste of the coffee compared to when it is made at home. This could be due to the freshness of the beans used in the shop versus those used at home. Once the green coffee beans reach maturity, they are carefully picked, freed from their cherries, cleaned and sorted based on their quality.
Dunkin' Donuts responsibly sources its coffee by partnering with the World Coffee and Rainforest Alliance. The Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) classifies premium coffee as needing to obtain a second degree. Coffees from the Asia-Pacific region have acidity and complexity balanced with the flavor of washed coffees from the Pacific Islands. The fruits need to be processed to get the beans, which are then distributed by Smucker to supermarkets, grocery stores and Dunkin' Donuts around the world.
Unfortunately, American manufacturers don't include much information about the grade of the coffee beans you're buying.