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May 4, 2008 07:29 AM

Sweet Melissa coffee -- pushing her luck

I am a regular at Sweet Melissa's in Park Slope for a normal cup of American coffee. It has a nice fullness and the nutty flavor that's reminiscent to what Dunkin Donuts coffee used to taste like when it was good. So I didn't mind a few months ago when they raised the price of a small cup from $1.50 to $1.75. But today I went in and they had raised the price to $2.25. I know food prices have gone up based largely on fuel issues, but a 50% hike in price in the past 6 months is pure greed in my eyes, especially in this economy. Call me a cheapskate, but I'm going to have to stop going in protest. While I'm ranting, I will also add that, while I enjoyed their coffee, I have found most of the pastry/sweets there incredibly overrated. Their almond croissant is pretty good, but the muffins, both sweet and savory, taste mainly of baking soda and are so dry you could choke on them, and the cookies are okay but hardly worth the crazy prices. I'll miss the coffee and convenience, but I'll have to find myself a nearby alternative.

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  1. For all the smashing on Starbucks, even their tall cup is only 1.90. But there is a Dunkin Donuts on Carroll, if you feel nostalgic.

    1. They are banking on people putting up with the increase by taking advantage of the desirability of "one stop shopping" I have never had their coffee but I agree that their baked goods are by no means worth the price. I'm surprised they are still afloat. If 'McCoffee' really takes off, people will pick up their coffee with their 2 for$3 breakfast sandwiches and you can probably kiss Starbucks good bye as well.

      1. Has there been some kind of radical increase in coffee prices in the last few months? Some mishap with the coffee crop? I usually buy my coffee whole bean and make it at home, and in the last few months, it's gone from $11/lb to $13/lb. That's for gorilla coffee at Cobblestone Foods, btw. Not 50% but annoying.

        And while we're on the subject, has anyone seen gorilla coffee elsewhere in the neighborhood for cheaper?

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        1. re: oolah

          Oolah -- I believe that the coffee shop on Union and Hicks (water-side of the BQE) sells Gorilla coffee, but I don't know what they charge.

          1. re: Puppimus

            Boerum Hill Food Co also sells it, but I dont remember the price, havent bought it in a while (esp since I got into the MUD coffee beans that the skateboard shop's cafe sells).

            1. re: Nehna

              I like the MUD too, but those beans are $15/lb, which is just too over the top for me.

              1. re: oolah

                oolah - MUD coffee is actually only $9/bag; at least that's the price at the truck. The website quotes $10/bag. I think the bags are 14oz, so not quite a pound, but the price per pound would work out to 11-12 bucks, still cheaper than Gorilla (and better in my opinion)

                1. re: Manitoba

                  Maybe I'm misremembering, but I could swear that was the price they charged at the skateboard shop that sells the beans on Smith St. Could be just that particular shop charging a huge markup from the truck too.

                  $9/bag is totally reasonable, but I rarely buy direct from the truck.

        2. I could not agree more that everything in SM is overrated. I am always amazed by the number of customers in the PS and CH/CG stores.

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          1. re: sarapeater

            The prices are really high, but I must say that the $28 expresso cheesecake that I brought to Mother's Day brunch was a HUGE hit with my family.

          2. Cranberry's in Brooklyn Heights charges $3.50 for a large iced coffee! While I love the idea of a neighborhood bakery, that price is completely ridiculous when Connecticut Muffin charges $2.75 for the same thing.