If America runs on Dunkin' coffee, then it's picking up its steps these days. That's thanks to the chain's rollout of a new handcrafted espresso experience and a couple of fresh espresso drinks to the lineup.

Putting its espresso where its ego is, Dunkin' is challenging espresso drinkers with six straight weeks of special espresso samplings, offers and promotions.  

“With our new espresso lineup, we’re now offering a terrific espresso at a great value, delivered at the speed of Dunkin’,” Tony Weisman, chief marketing officer of Dunkin’ U.S said in a news release. “We believe the rich and smooth taste of our new handcrafted espresso creates a powerful new choice for America’s growing community of espresso drinkers. We look forward to proving it to America with each sip, beginning now.”

Deals continue this week along with the rollout of two new beverages: iced cappuccino, brewed with freshly ground espresso beans and then blended with milk and served over ice; and iced Americano, blending a double shot of Dunkin’s espresso with water for an espresso-forward cup. Medium lattes or cappuccinos will be $2 all day, through Sunday.

Need that extra pep on Black Friday? Get a free Lyft rides to Dunkin’ on Friday to pick up an espresso or other menu items. Dunkin’ will provide one free Lyft ride to a Dunkin’ location for up to 25,000 users if they use the promo code SipDunkin from 1 a.m. to noon. (Limit one ride per account, up to a $10 value per ride to participating Dunkin’ locations.) Black Friday also falls on National Espresso Day so when guests head to Dunkin' they can add 50-cent espresso shots to any beverage.

From Nov. 26 to Dec. 30, customers can enjoy a medium-sized Dunkin’ latte or cappuccino for $2 from 2 to 6 p.m.  

Keep up with what else is brewing at Dunkin' by visiting DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ blog to receive notifications at news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

Stefani Dias can be reached at 661-395-7488. Follow her on Twitter at @realstefanidias.

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