A lot of people I know refuse to go to Starbucks because they think the coffee is too expensive. However, they happily go to Dunkin’ Donuts. I don’t know if they all have the same prices but around here a large coffee at Starbucks is $1.80 (with tax) and a large coffee at Dunken Dounuts is $1.74 (with tax). There is another little Mom and Pop place (I can’t remember the name) that has OK coffee. It is $1.69. Not a big difference.
I agree the special espresso drinks like a latte are pretty expensive, but the coffee seems to be basically the same price.
So why does everyone think Starbucks’ coffee is so expensive? The only places I can think of where you get coffee significantly cheaper is a gas station, but the quality is pretty bad.