Price Watch: The March of the healthy food option

8 March 2017

March has arrived, bringing with it occasional sunny spells, slightly warmer days and the latest edition of our price watch report. We’ve camped out in coffee shops to find out what’s hot on the high street, getting the latest in hot beverage prices from the usual suspects.

Take a closer look at this month’s prices and you’ll see that we’ve noticed small movements from Costa, which has upped its double espresso price 10p while at the same time dropping its large americano and medium hot chocolate by 10p.

This month there has been a rise in ‘healthier’ food options. Marks & Spencer’s Café, Caffè Nero and Pret A Manger, for example, are pushing soups and broths. This was particularly prominent on their main menus and outside boards.

Phil Smith, head of category and insight, UCC Coffee UK & Ireland comments: “Coffee shop customers are demanding healthier options and from what we’re seeing on the high street, operators are taking note.

“With this trend set to continue, what we’re going to witness is coffee shops starting to put as much love into their food as they’ve always done with their coffee.”

*All prices are correct as of 4 March 2017. Prices quoted are based on ‘drink in’ prices unless unavailable. All prices are sourced in London and may vary regionally.

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  Starbucks Coffee Costa Coffee Caffè Nero Greggs McDonalds
Espresso Small £1.60 £1.80 £1.70 £1.35 £0.79
Espresso Double £1.90 £2.10 £2.10 £1.65 £0.99
Cappuccino Small £2.15 £2.45 n/a n/a n/a
Cappuccino Medium £2.40 £2.75 £2.50 £1.80 £1.89
Cappuccino Large £2.70 £3.05 £2.80 £2.10 £2.19
Latte Small £2.15 £2.45 n/a n/a n/a
Latte Medium £2.40 £2.75 £2.50 £1.80 £1.89
Latte Large £2.70 £3.05 £2.80 £2.10 £2.19
Flat White £2.60 £2.70 £2.60 £1.80 n/a
Americano Small £1.90 £2.10 n/a n/a n/a
Americano Medium £2.10 £2.40 £2.20 £1.55 n/a
Americano Large £2.45 £2.70 £2.50 £1.85 n/a
Hot Chocolate Small £2.50 £2.70 n/a n/a n/a
Hot Chocolate Medium £2.65 £3.00 £2.65 £1.80 £1.59
Hot Chocolate Large £2.95 £3.30 £2.95 £2.10 £1.89
Tea Small £1.85 £2.10 Pot £1.95 Pot n/a n/a
Tea Medium £1.95 £2.10 Pot £1.95 Pot £1.00 £0.99
Tea Large £2.15 £2.10 Pot £1.95 Pot £1.20 £1.09
Gingerbread Latte n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
  Pret Subway Debenhams Waitrose Wetherspoon M&S
Espresso Small £1.45 n/a £1.55 £1.50 £1.10 £1.60
Espresso Double £1.80 n/a £1.90 £1.80 £1.25 £1.95
Cappuccino Small n/a n/a £2.25 n/a £1.10 £2.30
Cappuccino Medium £2.25 £1.70 £2.55 £2.15 n/a £2.60
Cappuccino Large n/a n/a n/a £2.45 £1.25 £2.85
Latte Small n/a n/a £2.25 n/a £1.10 £2.30
Latte Medium £2.25 £1.70 £2.55 £2.15 n/a £2.60
Latte Large n/a n/a n/a £2.45 £1.25 £2.85
Flat White £2.25 n/a n/a n/a n/a £2.50
Americano Small n/a n/a n/a n/a £1.10 £2.05
Americano Medium £1.85 n/a n/a £1.95 n/a £2.35
Americano Large n/a n/a n/a £2.15 £1.25 £2.55
Hot Chocolate Small n/a n/a £2.25 n/a n/a £2.30
Hot Chocolate Medium £2.40 £1.70 £2.50 £2.50 n/a £2.60
Hot Chocolate Large n/a n/a n/a £2.80 £1.45 £2.90
Tea Small n/a n/a £1.85 Pot £1.80 Pot £1.10 £1.95 Pot
Tea Medium £1.70 £1.10 £1.85 Pot £1.80 Pot £1.10 £1.95 Pot
Tea Large n/a n/a £1.85 Pot £1.80 Pot £1.10 £1.95 Pot
Gingerbread Latte n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a