DENVER (CBS4) – As coffee prices continue to rise, many who guzzle the hot beverage are looking for a cheap way to fuel up each morning. CBS4 asked their Facebook fans what coffee they found to be good and cheap.
McDonald’s consistently does well in blind taste tests for coffee. One customer told CBS4 he bought a McDonald’s mug in 1984, which still entitles him to a free cup of coffee. Another group of old timers meets at the McDonald’s at I-25 and Belleview five to six times a week for a free senior cup of coffee with their McDonald’s mugs.
One man raves about the coffee, “I think their coffee is much better than Starbucks.”
If you’re not a senior citizen, coffee at McDonald’s is $1. The lattes and specialty coffee drinks are all $2.29 for a 12 ounce cup. This summer, some coffee drinks will be free on Fridays.
Only one CBS4 Facebook fan suggested making coffee at home as a way to save money.
Pablo’s Coffee in central Denver takes $2 off one pound of coffee every Tuesday. The owner roasts his own coffee beans locally and tries hard to keep his prices stable in spite of rising wholesale costs.
“A double espresso is $1.75 and at most of the big chains it’s about $2.25 or $2.50,” said Pablo’s Coffee owner Craig Conner.
CBS4 Facebook fans also like 7-Eleven coffee and coffee drinks. Most range in price from $1.24 to $1.78.
Unlike drivers who pledge to fight rising fuel costs by consuming less, coffee drinkers are not pledging such self-restraint.
“There’s no way I could live without my morning coffee. I’ll pay whatever for it,” said one customer standing in line at Pablo’s.