RT Cunningham


I Found Iced Coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts

iced coffee There are three well-known coffee franchises in the Philippines. I’ve seen Starbucks, Seattle’s Best and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf. The only one in that list I’ve had iced coffee at is Starbucks.

I’ve known forever that you can get hot coffee and donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts. I didn’t know about their iced coffee. Not until yesterday, that is.

Iced Coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts

There is a small Dunkin’ Donuts at the Harbor Point Ayala Mall at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. It’s but one of many American franchise businesses residing there. The mall is large enough that I have yet to step foot in even half of the stores that interest me.

Yesterday, while I was waiting for my wife to get her nails done, I went into the Dunkin’ Donuts nearby for nothing more than to rest my feet. The one thing the mall lacks is chairs anywhere outside the restaurants.

I was thirsty but I didn’t want hot coffee. They sold bottled water but it wasn’t on their menu. I only know that because a girl who came in after I got my order bought one. Anyway… I noticed iced coffee on their menu. The names were a little weird - it was the first time I ever saw the word “frio”.

I ordered a “rocky road frio” and it was delicious, with more ice cream and chocolate than coffee. I could have had a plain iced coffee, but I figured I get something a little fancier for my money. It cost me 125 pesos, which is about $2.40 at the current exchange rate. It’s still less expensive than anything at Starbucks.

Iced Coffee Elsewhere

I rarely buy iced coffee at restaurants. I rarely buy cold coffee of any kind. I may have to change my habits.

My daughter-in-law, my younger son’s wife, spends a lot of time at the Harbor Point mall. It seems she buys iced coffee at “The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf” almost every time she’s there. I have yet to step foot in that place.

I prefer hot lattes or cappuccinos most of the time. I only drink iced coffee when there’s nothing hot available. I don’t usually drink anything at all when I’m out and about unless the trip includes a food stop of some kind. If I get thirsty, I’m more likely to buy bottled water. If I’m just a little thirsty, I can pick up canned coffee at almost any convenience store.

As you can probably guess, I’m not fond of soft drinks, especially when it’s extra hot outside.

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By RT Cunningham
April 29, 2018
Coffee, Food and Drink