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GinisLife Tue 25-Feb-20 09:04:07

£2.95 for a cheese & ham toastie !!! Cheap thin white bread, one slice of cheap ham and a sliver of cheese. And it's not even toasted on one side. It's still white, not brown. The hot chocolate isn't bad though I guess.

FredaFrogspawn Tue 25-Feb-20 09:05:42

Eating out is always going to have a huge mark up. Nevertheless, thousands of cafes and restaurants go bust every year. Overheads are huge.

JKScot4 Tue 25-Feb-20 09:07:06

I try to use independent cafes, sick of the
sight of bloody costas everywhere. Overpriced crap, cakes like cardboard.

Lyricallie Tue 25-Feb-20 09:07:48

Oo I really like the mushroom Costa toasty! I live in the Highlands so don't have any chains so it's like a treat for me when I get one. The small things in life haha.

Sirzy Tue 25-Feb-20 09:08:05

You realise it isn’t compulsory to buy them?

BarbaraofSeville Tue 25-Feb-20 09:12:32

If you want a cheaper toastie than that, make your own, almost nowhere would do one for less.

Fuckmesideways Tue 25-Feb-20 09:12:58

Take into account:-

Staff costs
Electricity
Insurance
Equipment
Rent
Rates

And so on...

Franklymydearidontgiveadam Tue 25-Feb-20 09:16:10

Eww I can't eat the food at the coffee chains, it's so mass produced. My nearest Costa is always dirty and scruffy too.

NotEverythingIsBlackandwhite Tue 25-Feb-20 09:18:47

That is the cheap one that Costa do. They do several nicer ones that are more expensive. I think they are just catering for a range of people's budgets. You can't expect the finest quality for that price. Think of cost of quality ingredients, cost of time taken to prepare it, time and energy to heat it, and cost of providing plate and the washing of said plate.

mnthrowaway202020 Tue 25-Feb-20 09:19:51

If it wasn’t toasted properly you should have told their staff

AhoyMrBeaver Tue 25-Feb-20 09:20:07

I can't think of anywhere that would make a toastie for less than that. Not that that's a good reason to buy it, but the price isn't the issue, it's the value. The café up the road from me charges £6 for a toastie, made with decent bread and filings and a side salad, presented nicely in pleasant surroundings. It depends if you want cheap (which £3 is really) and cheerless or something extra at a higher price.

catmumof1 Tue 25-Feb-20 09:21:14

YABU the £3 basic toastie is only worthwhile on the £5 lunch deal which is a good deal.

EerieSilence Tue 25-Feb-20 09:22:01

Their sandwiches are awful and Costa is generally overpriced. They make a great caramel bun though.

JustBecauseItWorkedForYou Tue 25-Feb-20 09:22:43

I used to work in a department store cafe. Tea was 2.65.. The cost Inc heating the water and a tea bag was 1.4p.
But obviously the elec, staff and other things get factored but it was the biggest money maker. Coffee not so much as the beans were pricey even in bulk.

FredaFrogspawn Tue 25-Feb-20 09:23:37

I never get why tea is often as expensive as coffee when the raw materials are hardly comparable.

Spam88 Tue 25-Feb-20 09:27:25

YABU - there's also a bechamel sauce in there which is DELICIOUS.

Nowayorhighway Tue 25-Feb-20 09:28:32

Their cheese and mushroom toastie is pretty good, I have to admit but yes it’s expensive. I bought one of their egg and mushroom sandwiches one morning and was mightily disappointed- McDonald’s is much better and cheaper.

carlyclock Tue 25-Feb-20 09:29:14

Everywhere is the same. It isn’t specific to Costa.

BarbaraofSeville Tue 25-Feb-20 09:30:01

£2.50 or whatever does sound expensive for what you get, but a response by a cafe owner to a complaint by a customer to being charged £2 for a hot water with lemon makes the cost sound perfectly reasonable.

www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/wordofmouth/2016/jan/14/is-2-a-fair-price-for-a-cup-of-hot-water-and-lemon

They are a business trying to make a profit for the owner after all and in the case of a small cafe, will be their income and you'd at least hope that they will make the equivalent for NMW plus a bit on top to reflect the fact that they have no sick pay, holidays, employer pension contributions and are taking the risk of running the business.

Otherwise you'd think 'why bother, I might as well get any old job where I'm guaranteed NMW plus basic employment rights with no financial risk to me'.

user1494050295 Tue 25-Feb-20 09:32:54

Their cortado coffee is delicious. Their sandwiches etc are expensive and not great

FredaFrogspawn Tue 25-Feb-20 09:33:23

Yes - there has to be a cost per arse on a seat or 2 minutes of staff/electricity/heating etc.

Notso Tue 25-Feb-20 09:33:47

The cheese and tomato one isn't bad.

PineappleDanish Tue 25-Feb-20 09:34:36

So don't go. It's not compulsory.

chellochello Tue 25-Feb-20 09:36:03

You've got to pay an extra £ for the good cheese & ham toastie in Costa - it's delicious (only have it as a rare treat though)

MatildaTheCat Tue 25-Feb-20 09:40:48

Costa food is shite. Coffee is fine but the food is inedible.

Pret all the way. smile

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