For this review I need you to go back and think of your childhood. It is summer, school is out, the weather is warm and you are outside soaking up some mid afternoon rays, whether by choice or moms force. The neighborhood kids are also out, so you grab your scooter, when KaBoOm, your red razor scooter and your ankle have just had a head on collision. Are you wincing with pain yet? Well, that is a perfect illustration of our experience at Scooters, except this particular ‘Scooter’ left, not our ankles, but our taste buds filled with regret, wishing we could go back and avoid this mistake.
We pulled up to the Scooters drive through filled with hope, this was, in fact, our first stop. It was off to a good start, we ordered our drinks and in less than three minutes we were pulling out with coffees in hand. But friends, this is when things take a turn for the worse. We stab our straws through the lids, and as our lips meet the straw with sweet anticipation, our taste buds were met with… vanilla coffee?… wait, is that vanilla?…. Does this taste a little watery to you?… This is off to you too right? We scan the receipt looking for a clue as to what could have gone wrong, and there it was, hazelnut. As a reminder hazelnut is not, in fact, vanilla, so we went back to see what we could do about this mishap. The worker tried to tell us that there was actually vanilla in our drinks, and after staying persistent on there being no vanilla, she offered to take our drinks and put more vanilla, cream and sugar in them. She did not make us new drinks, but instead added to the ones we had.
At the end of it all, none of us were impressed with the coffee itself, nor overly enthused with the service. The timing was excellent, and would save the day on a morning you might be a little behind, but that’s where the good things end. The drink was too watery, it did not fill your mouth with a distinct coffee flavor or vanilla flavor. When it came to the service, I am usually not one to complain, but when someone complains about their order it is just common courtesy to make a new one for free.
As we drove away from Dunkin’ I can say, with confidence, that we left with smiles on our faces, applause from our wallets and a party on our taste buds. You could say this outing was a slam ‘dunk’. The first thing to bring joy to our caffeine addicted brains was the price. When you’re drinking at least one coffee a day, it quickly becomes a costly lifestyle. Fortunately, Dunkin’ comes in clutch with small drinks starting at $2.38. Now that’s something to celebrate by itself. On the top of the unbeatable prices, the coffee is actually pretty tasteful. The drinks are a bit on the sweet side, but not overly powering sweet. If sweet coffee isn’t your thing you can always cut out the sugar. On top of great prices and good coffee, we were handed our coffees in a fair amount of time. This would be a very easy stop on the way to school, without the stress of waiting 10 min for a coffee.
The best part about Barista’s, was in fact, the baristas. You are instantly met with friendly smiles and a warm welcome. They deserve the highest praise for putting together the nicest staff out there. Aside from the outstanding service, their coffee was average. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good coffee, but it was lacking in a strong flavor of coffee or vanilla. We all agreed that the ice had been a little overboard as well. Again, it wasn’t a bad cup of coffee, it just wasn’t a stand out cup of coffee. They did make our drinks very quickly, and our cup of joe totaled in at $3.13. A stop at Barista’s will meet the standards of a good drink, but their service and hospitality will exceed those standards, and that right there is worth the stop.
….. Stay tuned for more reviews.