Sunday, October 15, 2017

Another Good Idea With A Mediocre Execution: Dunkin' Donuts Coconut Caramel Coffee!

The Good: Decent aroma, Coffee flavor isn't bad
The Bad: Does not taste like coconut or caramel, Comparatively weak coffee flavor, Comparatively expensive
The Basics: Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery Series coffee blends makes an audacious promise with its Coconut Caramel coffee, which it is unable to live up to.

For the Dunkin' Donuts home brews, it is always interesting to me to see how creative the flavors become. The latest line of coffees released under the Dunkin' Donuts brand imprint are the Bakery Series blends. The Bakery Series flavors are pretty standard coffees with artificial flavors added intended to mimic delightful baked goods. When I saw the Coconut Caramel Coffee, it was instantly appealing to me. If any of the flavors in the Dunkin' Donuts Bakeries Series line was going to sell me on the concept, Coconut Caramel seems like it would have done it.

Alas, the Coconut Caramel Bakery Series coffee is not enough to thrill consumers or start a stampede toward the nearest Dunkin' Donuts (reviewed here!) coffee shop. Instead, it seems like Dunkin' Donuts put all their metaphorical eggs in the aroma basket and they failed to deliver on the promised flavors in the Coconut Caramel Coffee.


Dunkin' Donuts Coffee has several different flavors and I found the bag of ground Coconut Caramel flavor coffee at my local grocery store as one of their new Bakery Series releases. The Coconut Caramel flavored Dunkin' Donuts Coffee comes ground in a foil bag and the 11 oz. package we found was new for $8.50, which was much more expensive compared to comparable flavored coffees. The bright orange bag is easy enough to open and the eleven ounce standard package is resealable, thanks to a flat tie on the top of the bag.

Ease Of Preparation

Dunkin' Donuts Coffee is easy-enough to prepare. Two oz. of the Coconut Caramel Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee brews up with 48 oz. of water to make a full pot of coffee. We brewed up our full pot in our Hamilton Beach coffee maker (reviewed here!). The Coconut Caramel coffee comes pre-ground and smells powerfully of coconut and it is easy enough to scoop out and into a filter.


The steam from the Coconut Caramel coffee is sweet and inviting. The coffee scent from the mug is sublimated to a very sweet and buttery aroma that is quite clearly caramel. The smell of coconut that comes from the grounds the moment the package is opened is entirely absent from the scent that comes from the brewed coffee.

In the mouth, the Coconut Caramel coffee is entirely coffee flavored, with a more dry aftertaste than is usual for a medium dark roast. The coffee flavor is not actually sweet or even rich in a compelling coffee way. Instead, this ends up as a medium roast coffee flavor with a slightly dry finish to it, completely betraying the consumer's initial enthusiasm for the beverage based on the aromas.

With creamer or sugar, no additional flavors are brought out in the Dunkin' Donuts Bakery Series Coconut Caramel coffee. All creamer or sweeteners seems to do is cut the dry flavor at the end of the taste experience.

The Coconut Caramel coffee does not have an aftertaste.


The ingredients to the Coconut Caramel coffee are simple: coffee, natural and artificial flavors.

In terms of nutrition, this coffee lacks any. One 8 oz. mug of this coffee provides nothing of nutritional value to the drinker. There are no calories (save what one adds from sugar or milk), no fat, sodium, or protein. There is caffeine, however, but it does not seem to be enough to even perk the consumer up.


Dunkin' Donuts Bakery Series Coffee is very easy to clean up after - the coffee grounds may be disposed in the garbage, or composted if you have a good garden and/or compost pile. The coffee itself is a fairly dark coffee and it will stain delicate fabrics, so if it spills, it ought to be cleaned right off things like tablecloths or light cottons.

Dunkin’ Donuts does not make a recommendation on refrigerating the bag, but ours remained just fine out of the refrigerator. This flavor maintains its freshness well.


Dunkin’ Donuts Coconut Caramel coffee is a disappointment for anyone purchasing it for its promised coconut or caramel flavors . . . and is a fairly unremarkable coffee otherwise.

For other Dunkin' Donuts coffee reviews, please check out:
Bakery Series Dulce De Leche Cookie Coffee
Chocolate Glazed Donut Coffee
Dunkin' Donuts Jelly Donut flavored coffee


For other drink reviews, please visit my Food & Drink Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2017 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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