Working Struggles: The Price of Coffee

I admit it, I’m a coffee fanatic.

I was introduced to coffee at an early age by my equally coffee-crazy dad, and managed to stay away from dependency until college when it unfortunately became a daily habit to purchase a tall caramel macchiato from the oh-so-conveniently placed Starbucks on my university campus.

A few weeks ago during my internship here at PBP, I was too late to pick up my morning coffee due to traffic, and was foiled at every turn throughout the morning in my attempts to get my caffeine fix (the relating of which would be too long for this blog post). Needless to say, this resulted in a pretty grumpy intern. This incident, coupled with an article I read recently about ways for millennials to easily save money, got me to thinking about how much I (probably unhealthily) depend on coffee, and how much I spend on coffee.

What else could I do with the money? I turned this thought exercise into an infographic, which I hope you find interesting and informative.

The Price of Coffee

This thought exercise definitely made me rethink my coffee purchasing choices; but obviously I can’t just give up coffee. Thus, a few alternatives I thought of would be to buy coffee from Wawa ($1.29 for a 12 oz. = $470.85), which would save $861.40 per year, or invest in a Keurig machine ($119 for the machine + $227.97 for a year’s supply = $346.97), which would save $985.28 per year.

But, if I find that I really just can’t give up my Starbucks, I guess I can comfort myself with the fact that I’m not spending $50 a cup on the world’s most expensive coffee (Kopi Luwak, harvested from coffee beans that have passed through wild civets’ digestive systems… aka cat poop).

What about you? How much money do you spend on coffee in a year, and what else could you do with that money?

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