I’m not a big coffee drinker. Usually one cup in the morning and that’s it. So you can see why I love my Keurig. Simply drop a little K-cup into the machine, push a button, and in 30 seconds, a nice hot cup of coffee. So what does a little k-cup cost? Well it depends of course if you can find it on sale. The usual cost though is $11.99 for a box of 12. That’s roughly $1.00/K-cup. I know you can get them cheaper if you look, but I’m talking about the typical cost.
During a recent personal challenge to see if I could get by on $100/week for food, I compared the cost of regular coffee to my beloved K-cup. I found a pound of Kicking Horse Organic Fair Trade Coffee sitting directly beside my K-cups, for the same price $11.99. So I picked up the Kicking Horse. I came home, rummaged through my junk drawer, and pulled out the little doo-hickey that came with my Keurig. This thing allows you to over-ride the K-cup, and make your own coffee in the Keurig.
Then I wondered. How many K-cups would a pound of coffee make? And the measuring began. The answer? 37. So at $11.99 a pound, and 37 servings, that amounts to $0.32 per serving. Remember, the K-cup is $1.00 per serving. Seems trivial I know, but wait. I decided if I changed this one little habit over the course of four years (the length of time I will be saving for my trip around the world), how would that translate? You guessed it….. (1.00 – 0.32) x 365 days a year x 4 years = $992.80. That’s a lot of money for K-cups!
Not only is Fair Trade coffee a more socially responsible choice, but think of the environmental impact too – K-cups are not recyclable 🙁
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