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Savings Experiment: Coffee

There are those of us who should not be allowed in public without having a cup of coffee first. That said, java is also an expensive habit. Luckily, you can have your cup and drink it too by cutting certain corners. Read on to find out how to get your fix for less.

Your Starbucks Fix Is About to Cost More

If your New Year's resolution was to pinch more pennies, Starbucks has some bad news. The coffee king is raising prices due to rising costs of coffee and milk. And they aren't the only restaurant chain getting ready to pass higher expenses on to their customers.

Hot Coffee Stocks Have Gone Cold: Is a Refill Coming?

Just a few months ago, coffee-related companies were as hot as a steaming cup of joe. Buoyant coffee bean prices, a growing consumer appetite for premium coffee, and a few company-specific events fueled a rally in the niche. But the hype has lost it caffeine buzz, and prices are way down.

Coffee Still Reigns as U.S. Java King

Despite the specialty-coffee craze for lattes, cappuccinos and other blended and frozen drinks, most caffeine addicts still opt for a regular cup of coffee, according to a new survey by Technomic.

Biggest Buzz for the Buck: The Best Fast Food Coffee

If you still rely on Dunkin' Donuts for your budget buzz, you might be missing a better value. We conducted a taste test comparing the classic to coffee from McDonald's and Starbucks. Who delivers the best coffee for the price?

Should You Save or Earn Your Way Rich?

It's a contentious personal finance debate: To stay out of debt and get rich, should we focus on controlling our small purchases, or put most of our effort into making the big gains in areas like earnings? DailyFinance asks three of the Web's most popular personal finance bloggers for their views.

Starbucks CEO's New Bio: A Venti Fairy Tale?

Howard Schultz, the impulsive and mercurial founder of Starbucks, had already told his story once, in "Pour Your Heart Into It." His new autobiographic tome, "Onward," reveals how he retook control of his company -- and despite his best efforts to paint himself as a benevolent visionary, his many, many flaws shine through.

A Starbucks, Peet's Coffee Tie-Up Could Be a Win-Win

The longtime coffee rivals may be discussing a merger. It could be a win for both brewers. Starbucks could provide the smaller player with a boost in the single-cup market. And Peet's, which has longstanding deals with grocery chains, could steer Starbucks to a smoother grocery distribution strategy.

Easing Ronald McDonald Out of a Job

If you haven't seen Ronald McDonald around much these days, there's a reason for that. Facing increased competition from more upscale chains, McDonald's is more focused these days on selling profitable coffee drinks and salads, downplaying their namesake clown, who is more associated with Big Macs and Happy Meals.

Consumers Are Finding Cash for 'Small Luxuries'

As the economy improves, Americans have begun splurging again. But they're limiting their indulgences to haircuts, casual dining and coffee, while continuing to forego many bigger expenditures, like vacations and dining at expensive restaurants.

Starbucks to Make Announcement on Single-Serve Coffee

Starbucks (SBUX) said it will soon make a major announcement about a new product for the single-serve market. The company is preparing for the expiration of its agreement with Kraft Foods (KFT), Reuters reported. Under the terms of the agreement, which expires March 1, Starbucks provides coffee for Kraft%u2019s Tassimo one-cup home brewer.

Starbucks Rolls Out Smartphone Payment System

Starbucks (SBUX) today announced that customers in U.S. stores will be able to pay for purchases using their smartphones. Customers will be able to make purchases by downloading the Starbucks Card Mobile App to their phone and scanning an on-screen barcode at a scanning device in the store, Starbucks said today.

Starbucks Unveils New 'Coffee'-less Logo

Starbucks, the world's largest coffee-shop chain, on Wednesday unveiled a new logo that retains its iconic green mermaid but no longer includes the word "coffee," reflecting the company's efforts to expand sales through a broader array of menu and consumer-product items.

Why the Starbucks-Kraft Dispute Likely Comes Down to Instant Coffee

Since 1998, Starbucks has contracted with Kraft Foods to distribute its bagged coffee through grocery stores. In letters released to The Wall Street Journal and Reuters, Kraft fired yet another salvo in its bid to hold together this deal, which Starbucks now wants to undo.

Starbucks to Renovate Fewer Stores in 2011

Starbucks (SBUX) plans to reduce the number of stores it renovates in 2011 as it focuses on flagship outlets, Bloomberg News reported. The company will leave its renovation budget unchanged at $250 million, but renovate only about half the 1,900 stores due to be upgraded next year, development chief Arthur Rubinfeld told Bloomberg News.

Coffee and the world economy

Coffee has kick-started many a financial venture, but some of us may under-appreciate its importance in the world economy. Our friends at Mint.com...