2008-01-15

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2008-01-13

How much does a year's worth of coffee cost?

How much money do I save by making coffee at home instead of buying it at a cafe? Let's start with some assumptions:

  • A pound of coffee beans costs about $9 at the grocery store.
  • According to LifeTips, a pound of coffee beans yields 30-40 cups of coffee. I'll assume 35 cups per pound.
  • A cup of coffee costs about $2 at Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks.
  • I drink 2 cups of coffee per day.
  • A French press, tea kettle, mill, and coffee cup cost about $55.
  • Water is basically free.

Based on these assumptions, coffee beans cost about $0.25 per cup. I drink about 730 cups per year, so I spend $183 per year on coffee beans. Add the equipment start up costs, and I would spend $238 per year on coffee, making it all at home.

At Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks, I would spend $1460 per year on coffee. Making coffee at home saves me $1222! Now I understand how a coffee connoisseur can rationalize spend $700 on a home espresso machine and $200 on a mill.

Better yet: coffee at work is free!

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