The warmth in the morning followed by the energy later makes coffee the drink of choice for people across the world. Coffee comes in many flavors, varieties and prices. Coffee can be obtained in a number of places. Many love to pick it up at their favorite coffee shop on the way to work, some brew the old fashioned way, while others use new machines, such as Keurigs to make their favorite cup of Joe. When you wake up in the morning and need a fresh cup, where do you turn?
The Old Fashioned Way
For years people have made coffee in coffee pots. This is the cheapest way to enjoy your brew in the morning, but it also requires the most work of any of your options.
For about $12 I can buy a 33 ounce tub of Folgers Medium Roast. This yields up to 270-6 ounce cups of coffee. Assuming I put in a little more than a scoop each time I could round to 250 cups. Assuming I don’t waste any, this is about 5 cents per cup of coffee. I like to have about 2 cups each morning, so this option would cost me about $36 per year. Factoring the cost of a quality coffee maker at about $75, the first year would cost me $111. That’s less than 30 cents a day to enjoy my favorite drink.
These new age machines brew a single cup anywhere from 6-12 ounces. Premade Keurig cups are loaded into the machine, the machine quickly warms the water reservoir and brews a hot cup. This leads to almost zero wasted coffee and the taste of the coffee is a little better than that from the coffee pot (in my opinion). My fiancé got one of these as a present last year and I fell in love with it.
The basic Keurig brewer is currently priced at $110 at Amazon. A typical price for a box of 18 K-cups is around $11. This means brewing 2 cups with the Keurig costs 61 cents, over a full year that equates to about $220. The first year of the Keurig would cost me $370.
This is where things start to get expensive. If you enjoy the taste of coffee from the café down the street, you are going to have to pay a hefty price. Assuming you get regular coffee at about $2 for 12-16 ounces, you will pay $730 a year. If you get a specialty drink every day on the way to work, you are looking at over $1000 spent on your coffee drinking each year. Does it taste that much better?
What is Your Best Option?
In college I always brewed from a pot. We purchased a $12 pot from Target and it got the job done. Generic Folgers coffee was always okay with me. Over the past few years I have begun to notice the difference between a quality cup of coffee and something brewed out of an old, cheap pot, though.
If you currently purchase your coffee every morning from a coffee shop, you may want to reconsider your options. I find a cup of Keurig brewed coffee to be equal to Starbucks. You could cut your coffee costs in half the first year by switching from the coffee shop to a Keurig.
How do you like your coffee in the morning?