Single-serve coffee makers and K-Cups are all the rage -- a trend Keurig started that led most brands to jump on board with their own versions of these home brewers. While it is easy to calculate the cost of an individual K-Cup capsule based on the price of the entire package, the actual cost of the coffee per pound is not quite as obvious.
The New York Times recently reported that your daily cup of coffee could be costing as much as $51 per pound, which is much higher than most of the high-end beans on the market. While such a price is shocking, when thought of in terms of a daily habit, it likely comes out to less than $1.
Since Keurig sold 4 million brewers in the 13 weeks prior to Christmas last year, it is clear that consumers are willing to pay for the convenience offered by these single-serve coffee makers. It seems that they will therefore continue to purchase K-Cups, pricey or not, because at the push of a button, a perfect cup is brewed every time.
An alternative to spending a king's ransom on K-Cups is to buy a reusable K-Cup filter, which takes away some of the convenience, but cuts down on the cost. It's a tough call: How much is convenience worth?
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