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(SeattlePI)   Starbucks plans on raising coffee prices due to rising energy and fuel costs. So that's the secret ingredient, huh?   (seattlepi.nwsource.com ) divider line
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2006-09-21 06:04:06 PM  
Gee, even more money I won't be spending on watery bitter coffee.
 
2006-09-21 06:12:45 PM  
Also, Starbucks will raise the price of its whole bean coffee by 50 cents a pound -- a 3.9 percent increase

So starbucks coffee is over $25 a lb.? Greedy bastards.
 
2006-09-21 06:17:34 PM  
No, math doesn't work like that.
 
2006-09-21 06:20:49 PM  
For your edification, Zip, 0.50 / 0.039 = $12.82. so it's about $13 a pound [which is correct], except it's cheaper when bought at starbucks versus buying at Albertsons.
 
2006-09-21 06:38:47 PM  
It begins.
 
2006-09-21 06:40:16 PM  
Kohl: For your edification, Zip,

Whoops, you're right, I doubled it....

Still, $13 a pound...I've never heard of a coffee that good.
 
2006-09-21 06:46:32 PM  
This is why I go to Tim Hortons. I can get decent coffee and a doughnut for under $2.
 
2006-09-21 06:47:45 PM  
As part of Microsoft's new Workplace Enhancement program they are installing *free* Starbucks machines in every kitchen.
 
2006-09-21 06:54:47 PM  
Zipster: I've never heard of a coffee that good.


Starbucks coffee isn't that bad. We use it here at work and it's pretty tasty.

$13/lb works out to about $0.32 per 6 ounce cup. I don't see the problem here.
 
2006-09-21 07:00:13 PM  
Sheeit, they should stop opening so many goddam stores.

That'd at least cut down some operating costs.

Way way too many Starbucks in the world.
 
2006-09-21 07:01:19 PM  
Deveyn: $13/lb works out to about $0.32 per 6 ounce cup. I don't see the problem here.

They charge you $4 for that 6 oz cup.
 
2006-09-21 07:05:26 PM  
CraicBaby: They charge you $4 for that 6 oz cup.


Bullshiat.

A 12oz regular coffee ranges around $1.50.
 
2006-09-21 07:19:29 PM  
Deveyn: A 12oz regular coffee ranges around $1.50.

Okay, I was exaggerating. But they're still overcharging. And I can still get coffee and a doughnut at Tim's for less than two bucks.
 
2006-09-21 07:31:10 PM  
2006-09-21 06:04:06 PMmadcharlie
Gee, even more money I won't be spending on watery bitter coffee.


I wouldn't call it watery - bitter, definitely. They don't understand the difference between roasting and burning.
 
2006-09-21 07:31:33 PM  
CraicBaby: But they're still overcharging.

Not by much, considering how well they take care of their employees. 100-125% markup isn't unheard of in other industries. Ever bought furniture or bedding?

If you're worried about saving a few cents here and there maybe you should be making your own coffee and forget going to Tim's. You could easily keep it under a buck for a coffee and a donut by doing it yourself and getting a dozen Krispy Kremes.

I just don't see where all the hate for Starbucks comes from. They're a successful business who gives part-time employees medical benefits. How many other companies will do that?
 
2006-09-21 07:32:19 PM  
whidbey: Way way too many Starbucks in the world.

Seriously. While I have on occasion gone into Starbucks and been told, "sorry we're out of _______" and been able to leave and get what I want at the Starbucks directly across the street, for the most part, I could walk an extra block or two to get to one, if it meant the coffee was cheaper.
 
2006-09-21 07:47:39 PM  
Deveyn: 100-125% markup isn't unheard of in other industries.

We're not doubting it's done.

It's the ethics of the matter.

They're making craploads of money.

Why not close a few stores--like the ones ACROSS THE STREET FROM EACH OTHER--and treat customers fairly?

Jacking the price is NOT an acceptable way of saying "thank you" to your regular customers.
 
2006-09-21 08:04:19 PM  
whidbey: They're making craploads of money.


So what?

They're a corporation. A corporation makes money for their stockholders.

Got a retirement fund? I bet you do, and you count on your holdings to make profits so you make money. My portfolio is full of "unethical" companies that make enough money to keep my mutual funds appreciating at a very good rate.

Get off the high horse. If you don't like that they're making more money than Joe Blow's House O' Java, then don't patronize them.

and treat customers fairly?

I'm ok with how they treat their customers, with the exception of the dumbassery behind the latest coupon fiasco. The customers know they can get cheaper coffee elsewhere. They choose to go to Starbucks for whatever reason.

They treat their employees WAY better than the average coffee shop. I guarandamntee you that the kid serving you your dollar coffee at the donut shop isn't making as much as someone working for Starbucks and they sure as shiat aren't making medical bennies working part time.
 
2006-09-21 10:02:15 PM  
whidbey:

They're opening one up in friggin Colonial Williamsburg, in place of one of the only 2 good bars (read delly) near my campus. Son of a Biatch must pay!
 
2006-09-21 10:02:36 PM  
I have an almost daily Starbucks habit. No real local joints in my neighborhood anyway. I happen to like their coffee.
 
2006-09-21 10:02:40 PM  
CraicBaby: This is why I go to Tim Hortons. I can get decent coffee

Sure, if you like your coffee to taste like liquid cigarettes. That stuff is nasty!

The Second Cup is usually pretty good though.
 
2006-09-21 10:04:14 PM  
I visit the same starbucks monday through friday... they greet my by name and have my drink waiting for me whe nI get to the front of the line (if not before)...

yeah, it's expensive, but the service (at least at "my" starbucks) is excellent.

It doesn't hurt that the 19 year old barista has huge titties :)
 
2006-09-21 10:05:24 PM  
Ass does not and has not cost $3.00 a gallon.
 
2006-09-21 10:06:04 PM  
I would imagine it takes quite a bit of energy to burn the beans the way they do.
 
2006-09-21 10:06:06 PM  
Zipster: Still, $13 a pound...I've never heard of a coffee that good.

kopi luwak runs around $500/lb. even still, just another reason for me to continue not going to starbucks.
 
2006-09-21 10:06:09 PM  
Jacking the price is NOT an acceptable way of saying "thank you" to your regular customers.

What are the chances that these folks are going to stop going because of a five cent price increase? Sure, it adds up, however, people don't have to buy it and yet they still do.

If the demand weren't there, they wouldn't have a business, let alone such a "successful" one.
 
2006-09-21 10:06:35 PM  
clgrin: whidbey:

They're opening one up in friggin Colonial Williamsburg, in place of one of the only 2 good bars (read delly) near my campus. Son of a Biatch must pay!


Hampton Roads is just a hop skip and and jump away.

The seven cities of sin.

/wait, is williamsburg considered part of hampton roads?
//ive been here to long and my capacity to think has diminished over time.
 
2006-09-21 10:09:08 PM  
I don't go to Starbucks, but if I did a five cent increase in price wouldn't keep me away.
 
2006-09-21 10:09:44 PM  
www.cs.cornell.edu

/down in front!
 
2006-09-21 10:10:47 PM  
Persepolis:

It would be better to say Newport News to a hop skip and a jump away. But, I like having a bar I can walk to. Plus, we already have way to many coffee shops. If they really desperately needed to get into this oversaturated (IMO) market, wouldn't it have made sense to buy another coffee shop out instead of a bar? I mean, not only are they making the market worse, they're gonna pay out the ass in renovations. (Old bar was in a very weird building)
 
2006-09-21 10:11:32 PM  
I love the way Starbucks at home treats me. They greeted me by name even though I hadn't been there in months. I did a double-take. Over Christmas I spent a lot of time there using the hotspot because I missed broadband and almost put in an application because the employees had so much fun working there. Starbucks is expensive but I can't find anything with good coffee and good service anywhere else.
 
2006-09-21 10:12:09 PM  
Amazing how a company no one frequents makes so damn much money.
 
2006-09-21 10:12:56 PM  
Hope everyone's investing. Inflation's going to nuke your assets.

Here comes the massive exploited working class.
 
2006-09-21 10:13:01 PM  
Has anyone tried McDonald's new arabica coffee? I thought I kicked my grande a day habit then I got hooked on a McDonald's Large. Even worse, I may become one of those preecks who tie up the drive through just for a beverage. Currently, I still walk in to the place.

No Starbucks nearby and no Tim Hortons. Sad about the Tim Hortons becuase they make great doughnuts, eh?
 
2006-09-21 10:15:17 PM  
ThatDevGuy
It begins.

indeed. Welcome to the long, slow slide to annihilation.
Over the course of the next 30 years, we are going to experience the most drastic reduction in our standard of living ever known by any people in history.
Today coffee, tomorrow your car, the next day groceries.
Where will you be for the great Bread Riots of '11?
 
2006-09-21 10:15:30 PM  
Yup. It takes absolutely zero energy to prepare the farmland, plant the crops, harvest them, transport them, run supercritical CO2 over them, clean them, roast them, drive them to starbucks, grind them, and brew them. Not only that but the cups are made and the stores are heated and cooled. If Starbucks can make good coffee why shouldn't we expect them to also have free energy machines?
 
2006-09-21 10:15:56 PM  
Eww. Starbucks. They just bought out my favorate coffee places (Coffee People). It will only be avaliable online now...

fark fark fark!
 
2006-09-21 10:16:23 PM  
I love me some starbucks but it seems a bit late to jump on the fuel bandwagon? Unless things are rocketing up once more (it would probably happen) as gas prices are about 2.14/gal for 89 where I'm at...

The only thing I hate about Starbucks (besides my horrid addiction to mocha fraps) is that nasty cocoa syrup they keep ruining my yummy whip cream with on my frapuccinos. I ask them to keep the nasty stuff off, they are quick to reply doesn't come with the shiat syrup anyway. Yet why is it everytime I DON'T ask them to keep it off, it ends up drizzled on it?!!

Anyone else have that problem?
 
2006-09-21 10:16:31 PM  
Persepolis:

Ah, I checked your profile. ODU. How'd you weather that 'cane? It put my maintenance department on crazy alert for about a week.
 
2006-09-21 10:18:04 PM  
I will continue to go. I just cant make coffee that well, and it tastes so darn good.
 
2006-09-21 10:21:56 PM  
stubblyhead: kopi luwak runs around $500/lb.

Geez, that's some expensive shiat!

/Yeah, I know.
 
2006-09-21 10:22:57 PM  
2006-09-21 10:04:14 PM lostinamerica

I visit the same starbucks monday through friday... they greet my by name and have my drink waiting for me whe nI get to the front of the line (if not before)...

yeah, it's expensive, but the service (at least at "my" starbucks) is excellent.


I have one of those, too. But the big draw personally is that their coffee works every time. I've had one too many cups of knockout coffee at other cafe's. I don't doubt that Starbuck's isn't the best but it's reliable and that's what I ask of it.
In this respect my attitude towards coffee is the reverse of my attitude towards beer. Coffee is a means; beer is an end. So in the perennial beer/coffee snob threads that crop up, I can appreciate both sides.
 
2006-09-21 10:23:17 PM  
Klyde

Amazing how a company no one frequents makes so damn much money.

Walmart
 
2006-09-21 10:23:47 PM  
Starbucks just bought all 21 Diedrich Coffee stores in The OC.
 
2006-09-21 10:24:50 PM  
I agree with Hick.
 
2006-09-21 10:27:13 PM  
The founder of Sarbucks is ont THE BIG IDEA right now.
 
2006-09-21 10:29:59 PM  
Tobin_Lam: I love the way Starbucks at home treats me. They greeted me by name even though I hadn't been there in months.

You have a Starbucks in your house.
You are surprised when the people in your house call you by name, even though you haven't been home in months.

Are you smoking the coffee, or just drinking too much?
 
2006-09-21 10:30:41 PM  
first price hike in 9 years? That's impressive.

Seriously, fancy coffee at starbucks is 4 bucks max, but just a regular cup of coffee is pretty cheap, 1.50 or so, and is served quickly. I think southpark has covered all of this.
 
2006-09-21 10:30:41 PM  
People will buy whatever the hell is put in front of them. Stop biatching and get in line.
 
2006-09-21 10:31:12 PM  
I'm not saying their coffee is great but I do get it about once a week.

Some cool things about starbucks though. If you're friendly and a regular there
are perks. Free refills on your coffee. Free snacks. Even free mixed drinks at
times. I'm not talking about this little samples they put out on the counter either.

/runs away from coffee flame war
 
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