Coffee Costs

Specialty coffee shops such as Starbucks get grief for their overpriced coffee drinks, but as meeting professionals know, major meeting hotels and resorts are the real rascals, typically charging $45 to $90 per gallon of coffee, plus service charges and tax. Most planners figure a gallon serves 20 cups of coffee, so if you divide that into a typical big-city hotel coffee price of $75 a gallon, that's $3.75 per cup, plus, plus. And that's no half-fat-soy-double-mocha

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