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Best non-coffeehouse cup o' joe

I love "boutique," hand-crafted coffee, but I also like the cup I'd get at my local griddle in college. What is your opinion on this type of coffee and where do you go to get a cup, if you do.

My choices:
QT - darn solid gas station cup
Sheetz - only been there twice, but oh my, do northeasterners have a blessing.
IHOP - usually a good smooth cup. perfect background to conversation

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  1. Quick Check- In college we had both a QC and a Dunkin' Donuts down the road. Not only did QC have approx. 10 different flavors of coffee and a whole counter of yummy additives, their policy was that they made fresh coffee every 20 min. Dunkin' Donuts coffee just wasn't as fresh at 4 a.m. (even though they gave us free donuts). Still my go to place when I'm on the road in NJ.

    1. Dunkin Donuts for me or 711- surprisingly decent. IHOP isn't bad nor are many of the truckstops.

      1. McDonalds used to have good coffee, and it was always fresh as they made a pot every 15 minutes. The last few times I got their coffee it was burned and bitter. I hate fast food, but when I'm traveling, and need a cup of coffee at 3:00am, its a dependable cup of coffee.

        Bob Evans coffee is good, but it's weaker than I prefer.

        1. I should add that I like Burger King's. It's different. I think they use a cold brewed concentrate. It's very smooth.

          1. Krispy Kreme. I can take or leave the donuts, but the coffee is solid. It tastes like coffee, not burnt resin or icecream or gingerbread or butt.