What’s the Deal with Iced Coffee?
Scene: A coffee shop. The first perfect, 85-degree late spring day in Brooklyn, NY.
Dramatis Personae: BS, an easily disgruntled food blogger.
Conflict: The same issue that brews through my caffeine-addicted mind every time the weather gets this warm. I get to the front of the line and see:
Hot Coffee: $1.25
Iced Coffee: $2.50
WTF? Why is iced coffee so damn expensive? Is it really that hard to cold brew coffee? Because it seems like you’re paying twice as much for goddamn ice. Ice costs like 99-cents for a giant bag, and of course you can just make it yourself for, oh I don’t know – free! Even factoring in the price of water, I’d say a cup of ice costs about 1 cent, which means that charging me $1.25 extra for ice in my coffee is basically a 10,000 percent markup. Pound for pound, iced coffee is the most expensive drink in the world!
Needless to say, I went with hot coffee. I’m considering going back up there and asking for a (free) glass of ice water, dumping out the water, and pouring my coffee over the ice.
Previously on ES: What’s the Deal with Mozzarella Sticks?