Tis’ the season for flavored coffee!!!! This year, more regional and grocery store brands are participating with holiday blends of their own according to Bloomberg Business Week reports.
Starbucks has Peppermint Mocha Latte, Gingerbread Latte and Eggnog Latte. They also carry a lower-calorie version of the Peppermint Mocha Latte in select markets.
Dunkin’ Donuts has added a low-cal version of its gingerbread-flavored drip coffee to its holiday lineup.
Caribou Coffee has Fa La Latte and Ho Ho Mint Mocha.
Maxwell House is offering a Peppermint Mocha Latte mix.
Get your holiday flavor on!
Today is National Coffee Day. In celebration there are a few places were you can get a free cup of coffee.
Dunkin’ Donuts is participating. To get your free cup of coffee from Dunkin’ check out their website for the “free” coupon! ‘Fans can enter to win the grand prize — a trip for two to Costa Rica, a tour of Dunkin’s Coffee Lab and 60 months free coffee — by submitting a video, 60 seconds or less, describing why they deserve the title of ultimate fan. The contest and announcement were timed to celebrate the company’s 60th birthday and pay tribute to September 29.
Some local places may be participating as well, but coffee giant, Starbucks, will not be celebrating by giving away free coffee, which is honestly a shock to me. I thought for sure they would be on board. Oh well!!!
Coffee prices have risen about 43% in the last three months. This is a 13 year high for the delectable bean.
Coffee for December delivery settled up 2.25 cents at $1.9455 a pound Wednesday after hitting $1.9865 per pound earlier in the day. Trading volume was light, which can exaggerate price movements, according to the Associated Press.
Many people are finding a retail price increase due to the soaring prices of coffee. Some of the brands that have reflected the increase in their retail pricing are owned by the JM Smucker Company including Millstone, Foldgers, Foldgers Gourmet Selections and Dunkin’ Donuts. K-Cup Portion Packs, sold by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters for the Keurig Single-Cup brewing system, are set to rise in price by 10% to 15% next month.
Deb Trevino, spokesperson for Starbucks, insists that their prices will not be affected by the rising price of coffee. The company intends to absorb the extra cost, instead of passing it on to the consumer.
This week’s rally appears to be largely due to speculative trading because fears have eased about weather and supply issues, said Spencer Patton, founder and chief investment officer for hedge fund Steel Vine Investments LLC.
Starbucks has lost profit in these hard economic times due to cost competitors like McDonald’s and Dunkin’ Donuts. They have closed 600 stores in the past two years. They are now turning to Seattle’s Best, a company Starbucks acquired in 2003 to boost their revenue.
Starbucks is expanding the Seattle’s Best brand to more than 30,000 locations by September of this year. They currently sale the brand in approximately 3,000 locations. Seattle’s Best will be available at Burger King, Subway, AMC movie theaters, Alaskan Airlines, Border’s Bookstore, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, convenience stores, supermarkets, kiosks and vending machines, just to name a few.
Starbucks will also be giving Seattle’s Best a new logo and slogan. The logo will retain the red color to ensure some continuity for consumers. The slogan will be “Great Coffee Everywhere”.
To celebrate the Seattle’s Best relaunch, Starbucks sent a team of “red-capped invaders” to scale the Starbucks headquarters building in Seattle and “stealthily replace the famous ‘siren’ atop the clock tower with the new Seattle’s Best Coffee logo.”
Starbucks’ press team said the intention was simple: “To put Seattle’s Best on the map as the universal symbol for great coffee.” As symbolic gestures go, it doesn’t get much clearer than that.
Starbucks feels that the Seattle’s Best brand will put them on a more even footing with the lower priced coffee competitors like McDonald’s.
Today is Dunkin Donut’s 60th birthday and they are celebrating by giving away free iced coffee in some of their cities.
Baltimore, Md.; Charlottesville, Va.; Cleveland, Ohio; Harrisonburg, Va.; Norfolk, Va.; Washington, D.C.; Youngstown, Ohio; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Richmond, Va.; Roanoke, Va.; Salisbury, Md.; Philadelphia, Pa.; and Phoenix, Ariz.
The free iced coffee is also available in New York City, but only from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
According to the Christian Science Monitor, this is causing a controversy in the cities where the iced treat is not being offered free and the feelings of those excluded from the promotion are being posted on Dunkin Donut’s facebook page.
After challenging customers to create a new doughnut, Dunkin Doughnut’s has named a champion. On June 5th, which is Annual Doughnut Day, Dunkin’ announced that that the “Toffee for Your Coffee” doughnut will “officially join the company’s famous lineup of doughnut varieties and be available at participating shops nationwide through Oct 6.” Toffee for Your Coffee was created by Jeff Hager of Hoover, Al. The new doughnut is ”a sour cream cake donut topped with glaze and chopped Heath Bar” bits.