There was a study done a few years back that found the average American spends more than $1,000 a year – which is about $20 a week – just on coffee.
But can you tell the difference between an expensive cup and a cheap one? Don’t be so sure!
Cheap vs. expensive coffee
In a blind taste test, NBC News discovered that 67% of coffee drinkers preferred a $1 cup of coffee over the fancy stuff, which sold for $3.25. Hosts Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer and Al Roker also liked the inexpensive cup better.
In the past, we’ve explained how you can save $500 a year by simply making your coffee at home instead of buying it at a coffee shop. Here’s a simple cost comparison:
BOUGHT AT RESTAURANT
- Medium Dunkin’ Donuts hot coffee
- $1.89 before tax
- 14 fluid ounces
- 13.5 cents per fluid ounce
BREWED AT HOME
- 12-ounce bag Dunkin’ Donuts ground coffee
- $7.99 before tax
- Makes up to 40 cups, 6 fluid ounces each
- 3.3 cents per fluid ounce
Can you save even more?
On a popular Reddit thread, dozens of people shared their favorite cheap brands of ground coffee that you can buy to brew at home — so you could potentially save more by making the switch!
We’ve listed the budget brands mentioned in the thread, plus recent pricing:
- Cafe Bustelo: $3.88 for a 10-ounce container at Walmart
- Trader Joe’s: Starting at $4.99 for a 14-ounce container
- Eight O’Clock Coffee: $5.20 for an 11-ounce bag at Walmart
- Community Coffee: $6.00 for a 12-ounce bag at Walmart
- Barissimo (Aldi): $3.99 for a 12-ounce bag
- Archer Farms (Target): $6.11 for a 12-ounce bag
- Kirkland Signature (Costco): $27.29 for a 96-ounce container