The life blood of the working class citizen that we all use to help make pulling ourselves out of our twin-size beds and starting another miserable day a little easier. Okay maybe that last bit is just me, but one thing we can all agree on is coffee. Let’s face it, we’re all addicted to it and it’s a drink for pretty much any occasion. Whether it’s a road trip, studying for finals, or just a mid day pick-me-up, coffee is the go to beverage. As someone who prides themselves as a connoisseur of cheap coffee, I’ve decided to put together my power rankings of “working class” coffee locations:
5. Chevron (Seattle's Best Coffee)
This brand may not be exclusive to only Chevron gas stations, but I have seen it in more than one Chevron station before, so I am starting to think it is not a coincidence. Either way, doubles as a great quick grab on your way to work in the morning as well as a convenient road trip brew.
4. Conserv Fuel Food Mart
I’ll just be straight up and admit that this pick comes with some bias. To be honest I had never even seen a Conserv Fuel station in my life before coming across one in the town that I went to college in. I began grabbing coffee there frequently when I would work late or embark on a long drive. Another great quick-grab option, and a lot of memories attached for me place Conserv Food Mart coffee at number 4 on the list.
In terms of quality, both Seattle’s Best and Conserv stack up pretty evenly against 7-11. However what gives this brand the edge over the others is shear volume and variety of options. Anything from French Vanilla to Hazelnut, and Columbian to Blueberry, 7-11 has it hot and ready to pour. Additionally, they give you anywhere from 6-12 different choices of creamer. I’ll be honest, I typically take my coffee black. But every now and then when I feel like a cinnamon coffee with Irish cream flavored creamer (which is a damn good combo by the way) I know 7-11 is my place, and puts them at the number 3 spot in this list.
A wise man once said “McDo has the best cup of Joe” and he definitely has an argument. For all the flack McDonald’s receives for being “unhealthy,” making good coffee is something they can stake a legitimate claim to. The combination of great taste, and the fact that you can find a McDonald’s almost anywhere on the planet makes McDonald’s the runner up in the Working Class Coffee Rankings.
1. Dunkin’ Donuts
We all know the slogan. “America runs on Dunkin’.” There are many reasons this statement rings true. No overpricing, no artsy gimicks, no pretentious atmosphere, no BS. Just straight, great-tasting coffee. Whatever methods they are using to brew their coffee, it is about the closest of the “cheap” brands that you’ll get to actual good coffee. Another plus for Dunkin’ is that the packaged brew-at-home grounds you can buy at the grocery store taste almost identical to the cup you buy at Dunkin’, which sounds like it should be an obvious fact but is not the case for certain other brands *cough cough Starbucks.* All of this propels Dunkin’ to the top of the Working Class Coffee Power Rankings.