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Festive price hikes still in place at some coffee shops

They make them permanent, citing rise in costs of labour, rent and food items

Published on Feb 13, 2014 6:58 AM
Mr Darren Tay, 38 (above), owner of Jin Chen Coffee Stall at Golden Shoe Market, raised his prices by 10 cents in October, after his suppliers started charging him more for coffee powder and condensed milk. -- ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

It's almost two weeks since the Chinese New Year weekend but some coffee shops which typically raise their drink prices over the holiday period have made these hikes permanent.

They have cited a number of reasons ranging from increased staff wages to rental costs and prices of food items such as coffee powder, sugar and milk.

An islandwide check with 27 coffee shop operators and drink stall owners showed that eight had raised prices of their coffee and tea beverages by about 10 to 20 cents a cup.

The festive season offered a perfect opportunity for patrons to adjust to the new prices, said at least one stall owner.

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