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    Im wondering if people could share how much they pay for their daily cup (or charge) and is it value for money? I know prices differ cafe to cafe and especially in different states. Eg- I pay $3-$3.50 depending on the generosity of the barista since Im a regular for a 9/10 cappuccino IMO. ($4 for a non-regular).

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    Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

    Originally posted by 7B545D4F494D0B0F3A0 link=1322137189/0#0 date=1322137189
    is it value for money?
    If its great coffee then it is value for money. There are a few variables that determine great coffee from a cafe but quality is of greatest importance. On the few occasions I dont drink my own home-roasted I will pay about $3.50 for a short or long black.

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      Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

      Currently paying $3.8 for a small double-shot flat white. (Orange Bean, Belconnen, ACT).

      Used to pay $2.90 (prepaid card of 12 for $33, else regular cost $3.3) for a Medium FW at another place, but they got a new guy on the machine and coffee went to poo. getting 8/10 coffees with overdone milk. The general attitude behind the machine was just slap dash. (No I didnt bother complaining - comes down to, these people are touching my food, they get pissed off, who knows what bodily fluid might be added).

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      • #4
        Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

        I currently pay about 49.17c per coffee, not including the machine or my own time, which Im writing off as a hobby...

        At church I charge $2ea for a "standard" (smallish) capp / latte, labour is free, and that makes them a nice little markup for donating to (at the moment) the local foodbank.

        At work its "free", although I have to turn up

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        • #5
          Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

          For a while the high end of prices in quality cafes here in Melbourne was about $3.50, but over the past few months a few of our leading cafes have pushed up to $3.80.

          The majority are still around $3.50, though.

          As for most expensive (and im talking quality places, not restaurants that often charge ridiculous amounts for poor coffee), i think the highest ive seen recently is $4 at Market Lane (although they use expensive milk).

          As for being value for money, if its quality coffee its well worth the money, be it $3.50 or $3.80.

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            Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

            Herald Sun had an article in 23/11 paper re the cost of a cup of coffee in 5 capital cities. "Cafes Pocket profits as consumers spend up for perfect brew". (Karen Collier)

            20/11 Herald Sun "Somebody say "peak coffee"? oh god, its real. (Peter Farquahar)

            On Herald Sun website (search) now to read if you wish.

            Are you spending $232 per year to get your coffee kick? .

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            • #7
              Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

              sorry if my earlier post sounded know-all... Im not impressed by the local prices of $4 or $5 and over...

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                Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

                Originally posted by 262E26212B2D4F0 link=1322137189/6#6 date=1322204126
                sorry if my earlier post sounded know-all... Im not impressed by the local prices of $4 or $5 and over...
                Hah....Id hate to have to pick up the freight tab on beans- be they green or brown if I lived in your neighbourhood Iain.

                Remember how much post was on your grinder? :-? Galumays Pompeii was in comparison and it weighed in at just over the mass of a bag of greens...

                $5 in the sticks sounds pretty fair to me if its well executed....

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                • #9
                  Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

                  Have to agree with Talk_Coffee - freight into Darwin really drives up prices for places that want consistency and reliability of supplies. The NT isnt remote if you airfreight everything!
                  Add the impost of paying higher wages to keep permanent staff happy enough to make sure they stay with you and youll find not many cafes make much "profit" from a $4-5 coffee.

                  Especially in the Wet when turnover is dramatically lowered.

                  They arent really charging tourist prices, it just seems that way.

                  btw- I added this comment for the benefit of CSers that visit rather than residents like iaindb.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

                    Depending on the cafe, prices usually range between $3.50 to $4.00 for a flat white/long black in Perth. The most expensive ive seen is at Epic with prices over $4.

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                      Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

                      Originally posted by 36030E093D210D04040707620 link=1322137189/7#7 date=1322204364
                      $5 in the sticks sounds pretty fair to me if its well executed....
                      The sticks?!

                      And "well executed"... Im not satisfied with my own coffee, let alone anyone elses in Darwin.

                      yeah, sometimes its fair to see a higher price here in here, sometimes its not. Like my 4x4 tyres that are $200 in Sydney and someone wanted to charge me $400 here

                      If I can make a coffee for around 50c using "boutique" or gourmet beans, including milk, Im sure a shop could sell it for $3? How much would you account for wages, rent, equipment, and profit? $2.50?

                      Maybe I should start roasting commercially... damn that 10kg Has just sold

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                        Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

                        Originally posted by 505850575D5B390 link=1322137189/10#10 date=1322308272
                        Originally posted by 36030E093D210D04040707620 link=1322137189/7#7 date=1322204364
                        $5 in the sticks sounds pretty fair to me if its well executed....
                        The sticks?!

                        And "well executed"... Im not satisfied with my own coffee, let alone anyone elses in Darwin.

                        yeah, sometimes its fair to see a higher price here in here, sometimes its not.  Like my 4x4 tyres that are $200 in Sydney and someone wanted to charge me $400 here 

                        If I can make a coffee for around 50c using "boutique" or gourmet beans, including milk, Im sure a shop could sell it for $3? How much would you account for wages, rent, equipment, and profit? $2.50?

                        Maybe I should start roasting commercially... damn that 10kg Has just sold
                        Darwin is indeed very much the sticks when it comes to freshly roasted, quality coffee. The is one guy who sells what is supposed to be the good stuff at the markets in Parap. The problem with his coffee is that he sells roasted beans from open coffee bags in tropical temperatures.

                        Then there is Parap fine foods, who sell so called top quality coffee for prices into the high $50s. Never mind that these hight quality coffees are stored in clear Perspex containers in quantities that clearly dont get sold quickly. And lets not mention the tropical temperatures.

                        I lived in Darwin for quite some years and fresh coffee is simply not an option unless you roast it yourself.

                        Hopefully this will change in the future, but at present, it is still pretty sad.

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                          Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

                          Originally posted by 796074594353454343300 link=1322137189/11#11 date=1322314484
                          The is one guy who sells what is supposed to be the good stuff at the markets in Parap
                          yeah, Ive seen him. At first I thought the open bags were just samples for smelling... but no. Surely he knows how the stuff goes stale? :-?

                          Originally posted by 796074594353454343300 link=1322137189/11#11 date=1322314484
                          unless you roast it yourself.
                          yes, another thing to put on the "to buy" list... the OH is only just coming around to the machine + grinder, so Ill have to sell a bit of old gear first

                          sorry to take this OT...

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                            Re: Prices of coffee drinks around Australia?

                            The quicker you start roasting the quicker you start saving, and ejoying yummy beans on demand!

                            Its a win-win

                            Cheers

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