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12 December 2008 @ 01:02 pm
No really, i have a brain  
I was just struck by the sudden and in retrospect obvious realization that even if you get plain coffee at Starbucks the large is close to $2. Which makes it a fair bit more expensive than Monster if i buy it at Costco. Despite my constant complaining about the cost it's cheaper to break out a can of Monster than walk to the Starbucks and buy coffee there. I'll have to check the prices at other coffee retailers (none of which are within walking distance unfortunately) to see how they compare. Presumably actually making my own coffee would be cheaper, though i wonder by how much.
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Steven DeFordwillworker on December 12th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
2 T coffee per 6 oz
10g coffee = 2T coffee
1 bag = 12 oz = 340g
= 34 6 oz cups per bag.
$10-15 for a bag of coffee => say $0.30-$0.50/cup if you make it yourself. The cost of the coffeemaker (~$40 say) amortizes to zero pretty quickly. Filters can incrementally cost $0 if you get one of the reusable ones, alternately you can get them for a few cents each, and one filter can brew multiple cups (if you use a multi-cup maker).

Steve
Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on December 12th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Better than that:

You can get a free (nice) coffee maker from Gevalia when you sign up to get n-weekly coffee from them.

If you like Gevalia's coffee (it's awesome coffee, but costs accordingly) you can keep getting it delivered regularly; if you don't want to pay that much, you can get it set to deliver as rarely as every 20 weeks (which is what I do, and I order their Kenya decaf, which is quite tasty) or cancel it altogether.

I buy my coffee green from Sweet Marias for around $5/pound and roast myself. With shipping it probably comes to more like $7/pound, but still, ignoring the electricity cost, that gets me REALLY AWESOME coffee for under 20 cents a cup.

Plug: Sweet Marias also offers roasted coffee for prices comparable to or better than Gevalia's (but you have to buy it in 2-pound batches, which is a lot of coffee). However, it's worth signing up for Gevalia's n-weekly coffee just to get the machine, and because it *is* awesome coffee. Just only awesome, not TOTALLY AWESOME.
Chaos Never Blinkssithjawa on December 12th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, but the Gevalia free coffee maker is a 12 cup. That might be bad for a one-or-two-cup person. Get a french press or a 4-cup personal brewer or something.
(By the way, one cup[mug] of coffee is about two cups[measurement] of coffee. Yeah, I know.)
DonAithnendonaithnen on December 12th, 2008 10:54 pm (UTC)
What's a T of coffee?
Kimchalgaryn on December 12th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
Tablespoon of coffee grounds, I assume.
Kimchalgaryn on December 12th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
While not a plain coffee drinker myself, I have heard that McDonald's coffee is surprisingly good nowadays.
DonAithnendonaithnen on December 12th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
I've also heard that Dunkin Donuts has really good coffee. The commercials incessantly reminding me of this when there isn't a Dunkin Donuts within a couple hundred miles of here (at least) are getting increasingly annoying =P
Kimchalgaryn on December 12th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
But you can buy genuine Dunkin' Donuts coffee at the supermarket to make at home! Isn't that exciting! :-)
Ambermaggiedacatt on December 12th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Making your own coffee is cheaper by a LOT, if you already have a coffee maker.
Squidceph on December 12th, 2008 09:52 pm (UTC)
A pound of coffee lasts me about a month, using an Aeropress to make a small thermos' worth every morning. Good coffee is $10-$12 per pound, so that's a significant savings (also much tastier than energy drinks, IMNSHO.) You do need to keep it in the freezer so it doesn't go stale.

I usually don't see more than 20 or 30 cents difference in price between coffeeshops.

Oh, and you can often get quite good coffee for cheaper from Costco.
Steven DeFordwillworker on December 13th, 2008 07:03 am (UTC)
According to the Gospel according to Alton Brown, freezing coffee is bad, since it causes condensation on the beans with repeated trips to and from the freezer. If you're storing it for much later use, then's okay.

::disciple of Alton Brown of Latter Day Saints::
Steve
Squidceph on December 13th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
It's always worked fine for me. It's probably not as good as buying your coffee fresh-roasted every week, but I think it's one of the best methods available for everyday use.

I'll believe otherwise if somebody does a double-blinded trial that compares coffee kept in a chest freezer for weeks to coffee that's taken out for two minutes every day. I will concede that it might make a difference in, say, a straight espresso, where even slight bean defects are apt to stand out more.
An anonymous kittysome_kitten on December 14th, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
My concession to Alton is to buy a pound of whole beans, put maybe 1/3 of that in the canister for the counter (which I will use in 2-3 weeks) and freeze the rest, so I'm only taking my coffee out of the freezer once every few weeks. Grind right before use, although my mother contends that grinding the night before to fill the electric drip machine (that has a timer for the next day) is still better than buying pre-ground. I make mine in a French press, so I always grind right before brewing.
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