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    The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

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    The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 26 Jun 2017, 12:11 pm

    Are coffee reward schemes worth it or a rip-off?

    You have to spend 71.55 to get a free drink at Costa.

    Customers at Costa Coffee have to fork out 71.55 to get a free drink under the firm's loyalty scheme.

    A TV investigation found coffee chain's rewards deals vary hugely - the worst makes you buy over four times as many cups as the rest.

    Costa's reward scheme, the Costa Coffee Club, offers five points for every 1 spent in their store.

    That means that someone purchasing a large latte, which costs 2.65, will accumulate 10 points.

    To get 1, you need 100 points, or 1p per point - meaning each latte is only worth 10 pence under the loyalty scheme.

    Customers would then need to by 27 cups in order to get the 265 points needed for a free coffee.

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    Whenever I see reward or "loyalty" schemes being offered for anything, my senses prick up looking for the catch.

    I do think that such "loyalty" schemes are there only to draw more customers in, as the monetary rewards offered by these schemes are simply dishonest at best and do not work as far as saving money is concerned.


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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by zathrus on Thu 29 Jun 2017, 11:45 am

    That's outrageous. I will now look at Costa Coffee in a whole new light.
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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 30 Jun 2017, 11:04 am

    I must admit that I like their coffee and their made up toasties are delicious.

    Because of the high cost I only visit my favourite shop around once a month, and I would never think of joining their "club".


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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by Gandhi on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 9:30 am

    Personally I hate queing for them to 'make' the coffee and try to find a street cafe where you can get a cup of instant for 1. It keeps the money in the local economy too rather than Whitbread's shareholders.
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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 07 Jul 2017, 11:31 am

    I guess it is all about choice, and if you think that "instant" coffee can compete with freshly made coffee from ground beans then you are in the minority.

    It is exactly because most people prefer coffee made fresh from newly ground beans that gives the likes of Costa and Starbucks so many thousands of customers that are prepared to pay a price for what they like.


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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 10:28 am

    I get my cuppa free at waitrose.
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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 11:30 am

    We do not shop at Waitrose as we, ( the wife and I ), think they are probably one of the most expensive of the supermarkets. The cost of buying stuff in Waitrose will probably subsidise your free cup of coffee.

    There are very few things truly free in that realm.


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    Post by Hell's Granny on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 12:03 pm

    Yes, they are expensive, but I don't buy more that about 20 in a week from them. Most of my stuff comes from Tesco Online, with an Organic veg box each week in addition.

    I have to go into town to pay bills, and we have no in town Tesco now, so, with the wheelchair now firmly in charge I can carry very little, so the Waitrose coffee goes well after shopping for my speciality veg and sourdough bread.
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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 12:22 pm

    To get what we want and like we sadly have to shop in places that have the things that we want.

    I was brought up in Northern Ireland and I loved the Ormo bakery soda and butter-milk farls that were made like my old great granny used to make, and the only place I can now get them is in Marks and Spencers.

    As far as coffee is concerned, there was a programme on the telly a few days ago that showed all about the Indian and Pakistan coffee plantations and I was surprised to see that the great bulk of coffee beans that are grown and sold to the west are the cheapest and nastiest ones for making instant coffee.

    The quality beans like the Arabica ones are much more expensive but they do not go for making instant coffee.

    That is what you will expensively get in Costa and Starbucks.


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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Sun 09 Jul 2017, 12:48 pm

    When my wrists and hands are feeling reasonable I like to make soda bread too! There's nothing like it fresh and still fairly warm!
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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by Gandhi on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 10:53 am

    Back to coffee I am somewhat surprised that you side with the marketeers on this one - there is often no choice, with Costa, Nero, Starbucks et al forming a monopoly in may service areas, high streets etc. Oh to be a champagne socialist.....
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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 10:54 am

    When I lived in Ireland my old Irish granny used to make soda farls with butter-milk just as good as the Ormo bakery used to.

    There are very few people in Britain that have the skills required to make soda farls in the Irish way.

    I bet your lad loved your soda farls fried on a morning.


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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by papa_umau on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 10:56 am

    Gandhi...

    Sadly if we want something that is only available in very few places we either have to "cut our nose to spite our face" or we have to put our political arguments aside, and give in.


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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Mon 10 Jul 2017, 12:11 pm

    We have Cafe Nero and Costa, but fortunately not Starbucks (only been in starbucks once, the coffee was terrible!) We also have many little independents, which are far nicer; in fact many years ago I had an interest in a small independent coffee shop/art gallery, with a loyal customer base.

    I still have the coffee machine in my attic.
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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by papa_umau on Wed 12 Jul 2017, 10:54 am

    Get the machine back out and make coffee just for yourself and you're boy.
    I bought a domestic espresso machine for my wife - who drinks nothing but instant coffee, but she was afraid of the thing and wouldn't use it. Evil or Very Mad


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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by Hell's Granny on Wed 12 Jul 2017, 5:45 pm

    It's too big for my kitchen; not a domestic machine. When I get it down it'll probably get sold. Rarely drink coffee nowadays, except the weekly waitrose one, because too much really gives me gyp.

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    Re: The Costa Coffee rip-offs.

    Post by papa_umau on Thu 13 Jul 2017, 11:18 am

    Sadly, the wife is caught between a rock and a hard place, as she was brought up with instant coffee when she lived in the far East, and although she loves fresh espresso coffee, she now has to drink only caffeine-free instant coffee because of a heart problem.

    Maybe you should bring down the professional espresso machine and sell it as I am sure that many small coffee shops and tea rooms would love to have one of those machines at a decent price. They cost a bomb as new.


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