Maybe I’m alone in this, but I thought the best price on Starbucks coffee would be at Starbucks. As it turns out, I was wrong.
I recently compared prices on Starbucks bagged coffee to give as a gift. I started at the Starbucks online store, where I found a one-pound bag of Starbucks French Roast priced at $11.95. That’s 75 cents an ounce, whether you buy ground or whole bean.
Out of curiosity, I searched other online sites. Amazon offers Starbucks coffee in more than one size, as well as single- and multi-bag packaging. Some of the prices here were an improvement. For example, three 12-ounce bags of whole bean French roast sold for $24.94 (with shipping), which equals 69 cents an ounce – that’s less than the Starbucks store. However, a one-pound bag of ground French roast sold for $14.27, or 89 cents an ounce -not a better deal.
A Google search led me to Walmart.com, where I found some of the best regular (nonsale) prices on Starbucks coffee. For example, you can get a 20-ounce bag of Starbucks French roast for $11.98, which equals 60 cents an ounce (15 cents per ounce cheaper than the Starbucks store). The whole bean version was slightly higher at 64 cents an ounce ($7.68 for a 12-ounce bag).
Here are some more Walmart.com vs. Starbucks store price comparisons, per ounce:
- Starbucks Breakfast Blend: 75 cents at Starbucks; 60 cents at Walmart for ground, 64 cents for whole bean
- Starbucks Veranda Blend: 75 cents at Starbucks; 65 cents at Walmart for ground, 64 cents for whole bean
- Starbucks Caffe Verona Blend: 81 cents at Starbucks; 65 cents at Walmart, 64 cents for whole bean
At the time this article was written, the Walgreens website had a sale price on a 12-ounce bag of Starbucks French Roast of $6.99, or 58 cents an ounce – that’s the second-lowest price per ounce I found. The retailer offered other Starbucks ground coffee blends as well, but some were at a higher price. Competitor CVS had the same French roast coffee listed for $10.49.
Sam’s Club and grocery store
The best deal came from Sam’s Club, where a two-pound bag of Starbucks House Blend in the whole bean formulation is just $14.98, or 47 cents an ounce. Of course, you’ll have to have a Sam’s Club membership to access this deal. Sam’s Club offers a variety of other Starbucks products as well.
At my local Kroger grocery store, a 12-ounce bag of Starbucks coffee was $7.85. That’s 65 cents an ounce.
So, the next time you want a bag or two of Starbucks coffee, shop around. You may find the best price is at a warehouse club, drugstore, grocery store or discount retailer. At the time of my comparison, Walmart offered free shipping on orders of $35 or more, while Starbucks had no free shipping offer listed. Free shipping from Walgreens was available on orders of $25 or more.
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