Why is iced coffee so expensive? Is it the ice machines? No. The plastic cups? No. A difference in the coffee? Not usually. Straws? No. In fact,
Iced coffee may actually be cheaper to make
than hot coffee, because it often uses several-hours-old coffee that
would otherwise be thrown down the drain. Coffee has a very short life
span where it still tastes good hot, but when poured over ice it is
impossible even for connoisseurs to tell the difference. [Forbes]
The Forbes hypothesis is that stores make their iced coffee expensive simply because they can, preying on our caffeine requirements and our blurry understanding of the variables–our assumption that’s it’s probably more expensive to make, somehow, in some way, because of that thing.
So, 1) Where is the cheapest iced coffee? I think $1.50 is the average bodega/deli cheap price. Where is it less?
2) Are there some mysterious facts about iced coffee I don’t know?