Would you like cream or HST with that coffee?

Mary Gazze, The Canadian Press, Wednesday April 6, 2011

TORONTO – As increased prices percolate through the menu at Canada’s largest coffee and doughnut chain, observers are warning Canadians to brace themselves for higher prices at other chains as well because of rising ingredient costs.

Tim Horton’s has announced that Canadian customers will pay seven cents extra for a large cup of coffee starting Monday. That brings the cost to $1.57 plus tax, or about 4.5 per cent more.

And with the price of wheat flour used in bread, doughnuts and muffins increasing 68.4 per cent over the last year, Tim Horton’s is also raising the cost of bakery products at its cafes, said spokesman David Morelli. However, he wouldn’t get into specifics about which products or how much.

Tim’s has already raised prices at its U.S. locations by about three per cent.

First off a large Tim’s coffee is 14 ounces in Canada as opposed to 20 ounces in the U.S. Tim’s knows that they can’t get away with this bullshit in the U.S. when competing with a Dunkin Donuts 24 ounce large at $1.69 or a medium, 20 ounces at $1.49. Two large 20 ounce coffees and a Sausage McMuffin – $5.00 in Phoenix.

So what does this mean? Well Tim’s is already a rip-off in my humble opinion. I hate the lids on their cups for one thing! There is no need for a “flat” lid any more that constantly dribbles and leaks every time you take a turn. A large Tim’s is now $1.77, so you know everyone will leave the pennies meaning it’s really $1.80.  A McDonald’s medium,  20 ounce in Canada is $1.61 including tax, and a muffin!

I invite you all to join me for a coffee, and a muffin at Mickey D’s

Oh Yeah, and isn’t Canada one of the largest wheat growers? In fact the cost of wheat flour is forecasted to go down between now and 2013 according to the U.S. Agriculture site http://www.agriculture.com/markets/commodities/CBOT/wheat?page=quote&sym=KW but that’s OK because we know that Tim’s will lower the cost of a donut to the consumer when this happens – RIGHT!

September 2010, by Agrimoney.com – “There is a lot of winter (wheat) around in Ontario and they are offering it competitively as exports because they want to get rid of some,”

April 14, 2011 – Update

So my local McDonalds succumbed and raised the price on my medium black coffee and muffin from $1.61 to $1.71 including tax. However they give me a free newspaper ($1.00) so I’m still happy!

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2 Responses to Would you like cream or HST with that coffee?

  1. flynnroad says:

    In the US, my wife and I can get two McDonald’s combo meals for under $10.
    In Canada it is always closer to $15 after tax.

    I got charged $2.70 for a stupid tiny bag of potato chips (the kind you get a Subway) at Williams Fresh Cafe.

    Did you see the Canadian PM debate last night?
    I love politics as entertainment. Even if I think they are all lying and crooks.
    In the US, after a debate you can watch entertaining and informative commentary and analysis on CNN, Fox News or MSNBC. Of course they will all have their own perspective. On CBC, they seemed to mostly play highlights of what I just watched. It was so incredibly boring and uniformative. How about some Anderson Cooper fact checking? How about something crazy to make us laugh from a Canadian Sean Hannity? How about something intelligent from a Canadian Fareed Zakaria?

    Everyone is too dang polite here!

    • 2sidesof49 says:

      Hey Tom,

      Updated Coffee Blog as my local Mickey D’s raised their price $0.10.

      Just back in Canada in time to watch replay of the “English” debate. What a waste of time, have you ever seen so many parties with varied agenda’s in your life. And whats with Gilles Duceppe still hung up on Bill 101. Talk about “out of touch” with the real issues. If you want a real analysis catch The Mercer Report and Rants http://www.rickmercer.com/

      Now I must say however that last week when a second earthquake hit Japan CNN, FOX and others hardly mentioned it as they were busy reporting on Charlie Sheen.

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