Wednesday, August 01, 2007

swimming in coffee

August 1

On Lexington Avenue alone, between the subway entrance at 53rd and Lex and my office on Park and 55th, there are three Dunkin’ Donuts, two Starbucks and a Pret à Manger.
For a brief moment of maybe a couple of weeks, a large Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee was $3.02 with tax and a Starbucks venti iced coffee was $2.98. Dunkin’ Donuts’ large iced coffee is in a bigger cup — 32 ounces instead of Starbucks’ 24 ounces — but I was still struck to be paying more for coffee at proletarian Dunkin’ Donuts than at yuppy, tree-hugging Starbucks.
But my Starbucks (or is the plural Starbuckses?) have raised their prices and now a venti is $3.03. The world continues to spin on its axis.
Pret à Manger only serves one size of iced coffee. I'd guess it's around 16 ounces, and the price was recently raised from $2.00 to $2.16.


Anonymous said...

Culvers is now serving a new iced coffee - 24 ounces for a $1.99 things seem a little more reasonable in the midwest. We are blending coffee with our rich custard mix - a vanilla flavor and our Mocha which uses our choclate custard mix. If you get to Chicago - try one it is really good!
Jim Doak

Anonymous said...

Sorry for the N in your name - a typo based on my stepson's name.


Bret Thorn said...

No worries Jim. It's great to hear from you.
So, is that coffee a new menu item?

Anonymous said...

It is a new menu item that we just rolled out. It is really yummy and rich.

Take care