How Much Is Your Iced Coffee?

Have you noticed an increase in iced coffee prices in your area? Perhaps, at your local independent coffee shop? Gothamist writes that the increases—which has been anywhere from a few cents to a full dollar—are due to a variety reasons including a bad crop year

Another Thing About Lattes

In a study led by David DuBois of HEC Paris, people who were observed choosing large coffees, pizzas, and smoothies were rated by others as having higher status. They scored an average of 4.98 on a 1-to-7 scale, versus 3.03 for people who chose the small size. Technically, the study doesn’t apply to managers: The researchers were studying obesity among underprivileged populations, and they found that extra-large food servings can serve as markers of social status. So for policy makers, the research suggests that there might be benefits to altering people’s perceptions about portion size. But this advice jives with the idea of wearing the clothes for the job you want, not the job you have. To take it one step further, surround yourself with the trappings of the salary and lifestyle you want, not the one you have.

This story from QZ says that the size of your latte is a signifier of your status at work—bigger means more power. Well, bigger means more power because people who order the largest size of anything can generally afford to do so. Also: “surround yourself with the trappings of the salary and lifestyle you want, not the one you have” sounds suspiciously like people who like to live beyond their means, so order that large latte if you want it and can afford it and not because it makes you feel important.

Also, good morning! If it’s snowing where you are like it is here, hope you’re somewhere warm with a nice hot drink.

Photo: Jeff Meyer

Single-cup Coffee, Tons of Garbage

In the East Bay Express, Vanessa Rancaño looks at the growing popularity of single-cup coffee machines that use individual capsules and the "hundreds of millions of pounds of unrecyclable trash" the machines have started to produce. What we pay for convenience often comes at the price of sustainability.

$45 a Month for a Bottomless Cup of Coffee

The Wall Street Journal reports that a new “subscription-model coffee club” is currently in beta testing in NYC. Customers can pay $45 a month for unlimited drip or pour-over coffee, or $85 for unlimited espresso at select coffee shops in the city. One caveat is that customers can only use their membership card to buy one coffee every half hour (likely to prevent sharing the card with others).

Not everyone is into the idea:

Andrew Hetzel, a coffee industry specialist who is a Board Member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, said he thinks the CUPS model can be popular with consumers but has concerns about the “bottomless cup” concept from the perspective of quality.

“My fear is that flat-rate pricing model will be a disincentive to the use of quality coffee and reduce overall consumption, making the app a poor value for consumers,” said Mr. Hetzel.

As a daily coffee drinker, $45 a month might actually be worth it, though it would really depend on which coffeehouses decide to participate…

Actually thinking about it some more, I probably wouldn’t do this—I’d feel too much pressure to get my money’s worth. What about you other coffee drinkers out there?

Robot Baristas

I don't know about this whole robots taking over the coffee business, though I'm sure it will have an effect. One of the reasons why I like getting coffee is the real-live human interaction I get from a coffee shop. The person who takes my coffee order every morning knows my name. She asks me how I'm doing. There is a good buzz going on. If there were a human-operated coffee shop down the street from me next to a robot-operated coffee shop, I'd pay the premium to go to the one with humans.

Americans Like Folgers in their Coffee Cups

If there's a one coffee jingle I know, it belongs to Folgers—even if it's not the brand I buy at the grocery store. But it's still America's favorite coffee, according to Bloomberg Businessweek which shows Folgers leading with 15.6 percent of the U.S. market (third-party brands were in second, Green Mountain has 4.3 percent, and Starbucks has 3.3 percent of the market). I generally tend to buy fresh beans at the store and have them ground fresh. Are you a Folgers fan? What do you like to buy?

How a Stanford Professor Made A Really Good One-Cup Coffee Maker

Have you ever had a cup of coffee made with an AeroPress?

Three Economic Terms to Help Explain My Coffee Addiction

Maybe you've heard the financial wisdom that cutting out buying coffee is a good way to save (e.g. yourlatte factor). Here are three economic concepts to remember when putting yourself through this, or similar mental anguish over how you spend your money.

Morning Coffee Orders From Around the World

I asked my friends around the world about their morning coffee orders.