Starbucks has started selling a specialty coffee that costs $7 for a 16-ounce "grande" cup, making it the company's priciest brew, as customers demand more premium products.
The Costa Rica Finca Palmilera coffee costs $40 for a half- pound bag and $6 for a 12-ounce "tall" cup, Lisa Passe, a Starbucks spokeswoman, said in an email. It's made from a rare, difficult-to-grow varietal called Geisha. The new coffee is available at only 46 locations in the U.S. Northwest with expensive Clover brewing machines. No word on when Geisha will go on sale in the Bay Area.
"We have loyal reserve customers who are interested in any opportunity to try something as rare and exquisite as the Geisha varietal," Passe said. "We are now offering more reserve coffees than ever before because of customer demand." (Bloomberg)
But you can get the small Geisha premium coffee for the low price of $6