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Coffee subscription model launches in NYC

  • A new coffee service app from an Israeli start-up did a soft launch in New York City with positive early results.
  • The $45-per-month Cup service gives subscribers unlimited purchases of basic coffee and tea drinks at the 40 participating independent shops. A premium service at $85 per month opens the door for premium espresso and latte drinks.
  • Both Starbucks (SBUX -0.4%) and Dunkin' Brands (DNKN -0.6%) have 10X the number of locations that Cup has under its fold so far.
  • The firm's goal is to expand out of NYC in the future.
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  • buyandhold???
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    This will get a $10B valuation soon if goldman sachs gets its hands on it
    11 Jun 2014, 02:17 PM Reply Like
  • Philip Marlowe
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    I don't get the point. Why would that be better than buying your coffee?
    11 Jun 2014, 02:54 PM Reply Like
  • King Rat
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    The most likely loyal customers would be college students who would just Bogart a table but now buy hourly coffees and stay even longer.


    As a potential customer, I'd rather pay via a 3% cash back contactless payment card than a subscription I likely wouldn't fully use or get cash back on. Let's just be honest.


    Honestly back at the office it is faster and more enjoyable to make a fresh brew in a nice briki. Since each round is good for 2-4 cups there's always enough to share with coworkers. A $10 12.oz bag lasts about 20 rounds, 60 cups, so why even go to a coffee shop at all unless you have to?
    I pay $10/month for my coffee, the office smells great, and a few coworkers get coffee for free off me. Every few days I get a couple hours off to brew for the bosses' VIPs and have a cup with them. More than pays for itself in a week. Best tip for easy promotion ever would be to get a briki and learn how to use it. Cheers!
    11 Jun 2014, 02:58 PM Reply Like
  • civ-e
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    do the 40 independent stores comingle their earnings somehow? there's bound to be a more popular store among the that will see a huge number of subscribers coming in for unlimited espressos. also seems prone to abuse where a subscriber can get free coffee for his whole group of buddies.
    11 Jun 2014, 11:16 PM Reply Like
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