Would you pay for a $7 cup of coffee from Starbucks?

If you are a follower of Grocery Alerts, you will know that we are big coffee drinkers at our house!

We are embarking on our first family holiday with our baby (2 month trip) and our first stop is in Seattle, WA. One of my favourite US cities.

Has anyone tried the new Costa Rica Finca Palmilera coffee from Starbucks? 

Starbucks Costa Rica Finca Palmilera $7 coffee

This is only available in 48 locations across the US, so my fellow coffee lovers in Canada won’t be able to sample this up North so I wanted to try this on my trip.

Made from a rare, heirloom, hard-to-grow coffee bean called “Geisha,” the “Costa Rica Finca Palmilera” costs $40 for a half-pound bag, $6 for a tall cup and $7 for a grande (this is what I ordered). That’s how much a cup of Starbucks Geisha blend labeled Costa Rica Finca Palmilera costs coffee lovers.

I had to track it down at the First and Pine location (great spot in Seattle and close to Pike Place Market).

Many of my friends and family think I am crazy for spending over $2 for a cup of coffee, but before you judge, I had a free drink coupon – so I didn’t spend a cent (I am saving my money to buy some Columbian and Jamaica  Blue Mountain coffee).

Now, if I had a taste test put in front of me of a variety of coffee blends, it would be difficult for me to tell which cup was more expensive. The coffee I tasted had a nice after taste and delicate nutty taste.

I also drank a Fair Trade Latin American Medium roast from Starbucks the next day in New Jersey (just a small hotel brew in the room) and also enjoyed it.

The thing is that even though I drink many types of coffee at home and on the road and it is tough to pinpoint coffee for most people (I couldn’t tell my Starbucks from another blend they have other than the acidity of some blends).

So why is Finca Palmilera coffee so expensive?

The beans are not only very rare, but are also extremely difficult to grow.

Do you think you could detect a $7 cup of coffee versus a $2 cup of coffee?

Profile imageAuthor: Steven Zussino on February 21st, 2013. Steven Zussino is the co-founder of Grocery Alerts Canada. He loves to help Canadians save money on groceries. He also runs the blog, CanadianPersonalFinance.com.

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