How Much Will You Pay For a Cup of Joe? Starbucks Introduces $7 Drink

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You'd think Starbucks isn't aware that our economy has tanked. The Seattle-based company has introduced a $7 cup of coffee - you know, just in case you have nothing to spend your money on, like say, oh, I don't know... Your mortgage maybe? How about Christmas presents?

The 16-ounce "grande" is Starbucks most expensive beverage to date. Made from Geisha, a "tough to grow bean," according to the Bucks, Costa Rica Finca Palmiera coffee sells for $40 a half pound. At that price CRFP better don a kimono and live up to the namesake of the bean it's derived from. Happy ending, anyone?

CRFP is only available at 46 locations in the Northwestern US, due to the high-end Clover brewing equipment required to produce the beverage. Expect more 'high-end' (translation: price gouging) coffee drinks in the near future. Apparently, we're clamoring for it. Says a Starbucks spokesperson, ""We are now offering more reserve coffees than ever before because of customer demand."

I don't begrudge affluent people the right to spend $7 on a cup of coffee, per se. I do however have two bones to pick. One, during one of the worst economic hardships in our nation's history, why not come up with a $2 coffee? Wouldn't that be nice? That way those of us who can't afford our daily dose of Starbucks anymore can indulge a couple of times a week without skipping dinner.

The other, and this might open a whole other can of worms, such as higher tax rates for the rich, is the fact that people are spending $7 on a cup of coffee when there are more people than ever on food stamps. If you have $7 to spend on a coffee, why not spend $5 and donate the other two bucks to a soup kitchen? People who have really disposable incomes should give back to the community to help our country get back on its feet.

Of course, that isn't likely to happen. People with money will continue getting their mani-pedis, $400 haircuts, and drinking $7 coffee.

If you haven't yet achieved #ballerstatus, perhaps you can afford the 12 ounce "tall" at the bargain price of $6. Then again, maybe paying your electricity bill is more important.

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Alexander J. Granado
Alexander J. Granado

And for the record, any of our blonde, medium or dark roasts can be had for about 2$ in any cafe. The story seems to be describing a Starbucks reserve coffee (sold by 1/2 pounds) made on our clover machines (different from espresso or just regular brew.)

Alexander J. Granado
Alexander J. Granado

I have a guy who comes three times a day and buys a 7$ cup of coffee. Not every cup is that expensive though. Just all the extra modifiers!

Star Gem
Star Gem

For 7$ there better be a shot of something strong in there.

Gustavo Anaya
Gustavo Anaya

You know how you can fix this major issue? Don't go to Starbucks. Problem solved.

TK Small
TK Small

theres better coffee than charbucks all over miami.

J Leal Angel
J Leal Angel

LMAO I used to use this number as an exaggeration. unbelievable. And these people just eat it up.

Bilge Rat
Bilge Rat

i suggest people go to you tube and look for a video called "the kid from brooklyn-starbucks" that old man had the right idea

George Romero
George Romero

Wrong is paying $7 for it in Costa Rica.. Where it's produced and you can buy it elsewhere for $1..

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

ohh hell no...thats just too much for a cup of coffee.il stick to my trusty mr coffe machine

Lex Dillinger
Lex Dillinger

Non Fat Sugar Free Triple Shot Venti. Vanilla and Cinnamon pump with whip and golden sprinkles

saneperson
saneperson

If you have $7 to spend on a coffee, why not spend $5 and donate the other two bucks to a soup kitchen?

Because I earn my money and spend it however the f--k i want and if u dont like that then u.r.a.freaking.commie

readthebook80
readthebook80

Calm down, they still have a drip version of their over roasted beans available for the everyday person looking for a caffeine fix. This cup is geared towards those that are looking for a rare bean and that comes out of a specialty coffee device. The Clover prices are already higher than the usual drip prices anyway. This is nothing new, visit any coffee shop in America and you will see that a specialty bean that is brewed in a specific single cup method wil cost more. They are looking at the people that compare their coffees to fine wines and not to sugary desserts. 

FumingFoodieFan
FumingFoodieFan

To do this during the Holidays is not what I would expect from Starbucks. America is suffering economic hardships and they come up with a $7 coffee? I don't care if it has gold beans, it's an arrogant mood. This is not the time, Starbucks. 

konflickted
konflickted

I have to admit, that I've never learned the language of Starbucks. That being said, maybe it's for the best as that I can take that $7 cup of coffee and have enough for two gallons of gas and maybe a small pack of gum.  

cclinic200
cclinic200

agreed,  hard to believe its more expensive than a gallon of gas!

ily.goyanes
ily.goyanes topcommenter

@Alexander J. Granado When I suggested that Starbucks offer a $2 coffee, I actually meant a coffee people would want to drink. 

ily.goyanes
ily.goyanes topcommenter

@saneperson It's called a suggestion. You're obviously entitled to spend your money however you see fit. I just find it reprehensible when people with lots of spending money choose to  spend oodles of it on needless crap when there are American children going without food. 

And since you don't like me sharing my opinion, "u.r.a.freaking.commie." not me, comrade.

ily.goyanes
ily.goyanes topcommenter

@readthebook80 Thanks for reading. 

I just think it would be great for Starbucks to also introduce an inexpensive quality coffee for those who can't afford its $4, $5, $6, and now $7 coffees. And if you have enough disposable cash flow to spend $7 per cup of coffee, it might do you and the world some good to pay it forward.

ily.goyanes
ily.goyanes topcommenter

@konflickted I too have difficulty with the 'small,' 'tall,' 'grande' thing. It's just pompous crap that entitles people to act pretentious. 

Thanks for reading!

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