I was just struck by the sudden and in retrospect obvious realization that even if you get plain coffee at Starbucks the large is close to $2. Which makes it a fair bit more expensive than Monster if i buy it at Costco. Despite my constant complaining about the cost it's cheaper to break out a can of Monster than walk to the Starbucks and buy coffee there. I'll have to check the prices at other coffee retailers (none of which are within walking distance unfortunately) to see how they compare. Presumably actually making my own coffee would be cheaper, though i wonder by how much.