Archive for the ‘Specialty Coffee’ Category

Seattles Best Coffee and Starbucks Raise Prices

Monday, March 21st, 2011

This came in this morning.  SBC, Seattle’s Best, is owned by Starbucks.

“Starbucks raises coffee prices for retailers

Starbucks Corp. is raising prices it charges retailers for packaged coffee by up to 12 percent to cope with higher costs for beans. The world’s largest coffee chain said that it informed grocery customers Friday of the increase for Starbucks and Seattle’s Best Coffee brands. It’s up to the grocers and other retailers to decide if they want to pass along that increase to consumers. Starbucks also raised the price it suggests stores charge to $9.99 from $8.99 for a 12-ounce package of Starbucks coffee and to $7.99 from $6.99 for Seattle’s Best. Starbucks is one of several coffee companies to raise prices as the cost for unroasted beans has hit record levels.

Jim Patton”

The source is Jim Patton, Walker Trading

Something to Savor and Think About

Friday, December 17th, 2010

I got this movie this morning.

It’s worth your time.  Especially if the coffee is KMO Coffee.

Click this image to view the video:

Espresso Cafe Milano by Kaffe Magnum Opus

Life is Like Coffee

Coffee companies must attract younger drinkers, research group says

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

With coffee drinking patterns relatively unchanged in recent years, a recent study by Mintel Intl., a leading market research and analysis firm finds that coffee companies must center their focus on younger customers.

The study shows that “Two thirds of Americans have a cup of coffee every day.  However, only 27 percent of the coveted 18-24-year-old demographic drink coffee on a regular basis.”

Attracting younger adults into coffeehouses and cafes is very important to successful long term growth.  Discussions about what could attract more of this target market could start with a coffeehouse’s employees, which in many instances are part of that demographic.

Creating a casual atmosphere with music, available wi-fi, offering Fair Trade Organic coffees as well as a food menu of items that would appeal to this group is a great starting point.  Becoming a destination for social get-togethers -  live music, open mic nights, poetry readings and movie nights could prove to be fun as well as profitable.

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