Starbucks Breakfast, Coffee: Balancing Cheap And Fancy

04/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

SEATTLE -- When Starbucks begins serving a new line of breakfasts early Tuesday morning, the coffee shop chain is hoping its egg sandwiches achieve more than just the perfect balance of smoky bacon and salty parmesan cheese.

Starbucks is also trying to pull off another balancing act: the meals must be inexpensive enough to draw in frugal customers, yet fancy enough to appeal to those who care more about quality than price.

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