Dunkin’s new 16-ounce hot latte, served will cost $3.59 with tax while the competing drink at Starbucks costs $4.19.

Lucas Laursen
Updated October 24, 2018

The coffee chain formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts is in a challenge to the coffee chain still known as .

While Dunkin’ dnkn has offered espresso-based drinks for years, and , this year it has accelerated its new offerings, ranging from to to . Late last month it announced an even bigger change, . It has also followed other trends such as serving cold-brew coffee and selling branded coffee via grocery stores.

Dunkin’ last year while Starbucks reported $22 billion. While both are international chains, Dunkin’ operates on a mainly franchise model, so it has a different cost structure. Dunkin’ executives recently traveled to Europe to test new espresso machines and announced that the company will invest $100 million in installing them along with other technology and unspecified investments by its franchisees.

The brands target overlapping but slightly different markets: Starbucks provides a somewhat more premium experience while Dunkin’ aims to offer a more affordable quality coffee: Dunkin’s new 16-ounce hot latte, served will cost $3.59 with tax while the competing drink at Starbucks costs $4.19. Dunkin’ will serve the new espresso drinks in orange cups to distinguish them from older drink offerings.

That’s probably a good thing because in blind tests, even regular coffee junkies the main commercial offerings.

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