Does it cost Starbucks more for the cup their coffee goes in, or the actual coffee itself?

Does it cost Starbucks more for the cup their coffee goes in, or the actual coffee itself?

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  1. Interesting question. Let me first say that I used to work at Starbucks, but do not have buying information. A large corporation like that is going to have amazing discounts because of the massive amounts they purchase at one time… or even more likely, will actually manufacturer its own cups which would make it even more difficult to put an outside number on it. Therefore, what I am about to suggest for an answer to this question is just an estimate.
    That being said, we can at least have fun with guessing and attributing an estimated value… so that’s what this is… an estimate. This will probably be closer in accuracy to the numbers which would apply to a a locally owned coffee shop with less buying deals than a large company.
    Paper Cups: approx. $0.08 per cup
    Cup Sleeves: approx. $0.05 per sleeve
    Cup Lids: approx $0.07 per lid
    Total: $0.20
    For the sake of argument, we will use Starbucks measurements for coffee: according to Sbux(http://www.starbucksstore.com/products/sb_cf.asp), the proper dosage of coffee is 2 tablespoons of grounds per 6 oz of water. 2 Tablespoons of coffee equals approximately 1 oz which is 1/16 of a lb. One pound of green coffee before roasting will cost approx. $4.50 (depending upon where you buy it, how good the beans are, etc… lots of variables!). This will of course, not yield 1 lb of roasted coffee since coffee loses weight (approx 20%) when it is roasted, so let’s make an educated guess and say that actually, a lb of roasted coffee will cost the business approx $5.65.
    In conclusion… a 12 oz (using 4 tablespoons of ground) cup of coffee costs the store owner approx. $0.71. This of course, also does not include other costs like electricity, equipment maintenance, employees, water, etc… but that’s for you to figure out.
    SO, in answer to your question. For a normal coffee shop purchasing good quality beans, yes, the coffee costs more than the cup. For Starbucks, who gets killer discounts or manufacturers their own products and has pretty major deals going with coffee farms (or owns them)… my guess (guess!) is that both numbers are smaller but that they are relatively proportional to that.

    Can I say one more time…these are estimated numbers so please understand that this is a general answer to your question. I would be interested to hear more specific numbers from a shop owner if anyone cares to share what kind of deals they get 😉 Either way, it’s interesting to estimate these things.

    THIS IS A NEW ADDITION TO WHEN I PREVIOUSLY MADE THIS COMMENT:
    I was curious myself to get an estimate for milk-based drinks (based on my above numbers), here were some of my (again, general) findings (this is using my remembered Starbucks helpings of a 12 oz drink with 1 shot of espresso and two pumps of syrup… this will of course vary with other shops and their individual quantities):
    12 oz Latte:
    Approx 8-9 oz steamed milk: $0.21
    16g Coffee to make a 1oz espresso shot: $0.18
    Paper Cups: approx. $0.08 per cup
    Cup Sleeves: approx. $0.05 per sleeve
    Cup Lids: approx $0.07 per lid
    Total: $0.59
    12 oz Latte With 2 pumps of Monin Syrup:
    Approx. 2 oz syrup: $0.60
    Approx 8-9 oz steamed milk: $0.21
    16g Coffee to make a 1oz espresso shot: $0.18
    Paper Cups: approx. $0.08 per cup
    Cup Sleeves: approx. $0.05 per sleeve
    Cup Lids: approx $0.07 per lid
    Total: $1.19
    12 oz Mocha
    Approx. 2 oz mocha sauce: $1.05
    Approx 8-9 oz steamed milk: $0.21
    16g Coffee to make a 1oz espresso shot: $0.18
    Paper Cups: approx. $0.08 per cup
    Cup Sleeves: approx. $0.05 per sleeve
    Cup Lids: approx $0.07 per lid
    Total: $1.64
    Just for the record, please again realize that these numbers are basically general guesses… if you base your desire to start a shop on my numbers without doing your own research and your business crashes and burns… well, sorry, I warned you. On the other hand, I did try to get as accurate of a “guesstimate” as I could by using general buying prices and figuring out amounts and such and I think I spent way too much time on this.
    Oh well, it was kind of fun 🙂 I imagine shop owners would never give out their actual costs so this is probably as close as we’ll ever get to knowing.

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