The $1 test undercuts even low-cost coffee purveyors, including McDonald's and Dunkin' Donuts, whose coffees generally start in the low $1-plus range. Although most sit-down restaurants top off
customers' coffee free of charge, specialty cafes have largely stayed away from the practice.
Spokeswoman Valerie O'Neil won't elaborate on the specifics of the tests or say how many stores are offering it. She says the tests aren't indicative of any new business strategy.