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Monday, 6 January 2014

Making A Fuss Over A Cup Of Kopi O

 Dear Fellow Penangites ...

I am not sure if this is just me ...
I love local coffee and I drink at least 2 cups of it a day.
You can label me as petty and stingy and calculative but I have been noticing the price of my favourite Kopi O creeping up a little and a little and a little as each day passes me.

I am just curious to know if others notice the phenomena or is it just me ...

7 years ago, a cup of kopi O in a regular (not popular) coffee shop, kopi O was 60 cents and if you had it with ice it was 80 or 90 cents.

Then the price of sugar increased ... followed by petrol ... followed by sugar again and then petrol price dropped (er nope, when petrol price drop kopi O price did not drop), then another round of sugar increase, then new years ... then this round electricity increase ...

I am not an economist and I don't do maths very well, all I know is my regular kopi O has gone up from 60 cents to 1 dollar in a span of 7 years ... sometimes RM 1.10 in the 'so called' popular coffee shops.  Not that the coffee served is better, but the food served there is popular.

Well not to mention that iced Kopi O with milk was RM 1.20 now there are places selling at RM 1.60.
For some reason, drinks at coffee shops just keep increasing everytime something increases.
If nothing increases ... there is the reason of new year ... chinese new year ... bla bla bla

My question is ... Is this a norm ?
Is this healthy inflation as everything is going up, so will the coffee.

What truly amazes me is there is really no standard price.
You still can get a nice cup of kopi O at 80 cents somewhere in Tanjung Bungah or in good old Georgetown and just round the corner you have owners charging RM 1.20.
My latest iced kopi O at a 'popular' coffee shop is RM 1.40.
Is this the normal price now ?

Ah ... worse still if you don't order drink some shops charge you 50 cents.

So there is no law and order to the charging of my 'staple' kopi O.
Coffee shop owners can just charge as they please ?
Sigh ...

Well, if you are not on the same page with me on this, you may be wondering why is this person making such a fuss over 10 cents or 20 cents ...
What is 20 cents ???

I don't blame you for making that comment.
What worries me is, if little things like that are not governed accordingly, how about big things.
If every consumer feels the pinch and goes back and charge others more on whatever their trade is, is this price increase ever going to stop ?

I think I am having a headache :-p 

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