Today’s post is by Gayl Southard, SafeSourcing Administrative Consultant,
There are many names for coffee, with people making up their own pet names for the beloved brew. With the warmer weather approaching, iced coffee becomes very popular with the coffee-drinking crowd. But why is iced coffee more expensive than hot coffee? Depending upon where you buy your coffee, iced coffee can be as much as 60% higher than hot coffee. A Starbucks grande cup of Nitro Cold Brew averages $3.60, much more than the company’s regular cold brew, which cost $3.25, and over a dollar more than a hot drip coffee of the same size.
Cold brew coffee is brewed with cold or room temperature water instead of hot water. The lower temperatures mean the extraction is slow and take hours to make – often half the day. It also requires more coffee. A standard water to coffee ratio might be 17:1. For cold brew, it might be 4.5:1. This coffee, labor and time simply make it a more expensive process. What is left after this process is a concentrate that is cut down with water. Other things to consider when ordering a cold brew is that plastic cups cost more than paper cups – also factor in the straws. Ice is also very expensive. “Ice is a fortune, Michael Pollack of Brooklyn Roasting company told Gothamist last year. If you think we go through coffee fast, double that for ice. We actually store ten gallon refrigerator boxes of ice because our needs are so tremendous.”1
SafeSourcing has a lot of experience sourcing coffee and coffee products. It is a category that is sourced regularly. For more information on how SafeSourcing can assist you or on our “Risk Free” trial program, please contact a SafeSourcing Representative we have an entire team waiting to assist you today,
 Ethan Wolff-Mann, Money, 5/31/2016