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.