Coffee lovers went crazy for Dunkin’ Donuts K Cups for the Keurig coffeemaker. Three months later, it’s still a popular story on my blog. Now, Starbucks is joining the K-Cup race.
Breakfast Blend, Pike Place Roast, Sumatra, Caffe Verona, French Roast and House Blend will be offered in K-Cups. Keurig says these K-Cup options are now available in Starbucks stores, although I haven’t seen them yet. The K-Cups will be available online via Keurig on December 27th.
Just remember to look past the hype. I found it’s cheaper to ignore the K-Cup phenomenon for Dunkin’ Donuts. I simply bought a K-Cup filter and put ground Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in my filter every morning. I save even more by getting the ground coffee at the coffee shop and not the grocery store. I essentially make my own K-Cup every morning for a much cheaper price.
The pricing is unclear at this time for the Starbucks K-Cup, but K-Cup’s are generally more than ground coffee. You can get a great deal on Starbucks ground coffee at the grocery store. There are frequently sales and $1 off coupons. With the discounts, believe it or not, I pay less for Starbucks ground coffee for my fiance than I do my DD coffee.
So, it’s exciting for you Starbucks lovers. Just continue to be smart shoppers and do the price comparisons in your community. It might be cheaper to stick with the ground Starbucks coffee and make your own K-Cup every morning with a K-Cup filter.
I think most blends can be duplicated on your own with ground coffee, with one exception. If Starbucks expanded its blends and came out with a Pumpkin Spice K-Cup, I would buy those expensive K-Cups. It would save me $5 at Starbucks, but considering it’s so popular with so many people I don’t see that happening.
Now, if Starbucks expanded their K-Cup options and made a Pumpkin Spice Latte blend, I might buy the K-Cups. Pumpkin spice is a magical drink that I don’t think ground coffee could duplicate. However, I don’t see that happening considering so many people flock to Starbucks every fall for that spicy treat.