7 cheap brands of coffee that people really love

7 cheap brands of coffee that people really love
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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!

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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:


  • Medium Dunkin’ Donuts hot coffee
  • $1.89 before tax
  • 14 fluid ounces
  • 13.5 cents per fluid ounce


  • 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
ONE DAY $1.89 $0.46 $1.43
30 DAYS $56.70 $13.80 $42.90
180 DAYS $340.20 $82.80 $257.40
365 DAYS $689.85 $167.90 $521.95

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

So, what’s your favorite inexpensive brand of coffee? Share it with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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Mike Timmermann About the author:
Michael Timmermann paid off his mortgage in two years. Now, he shares his money-saving tips on his blog, Save on Almost Everything.
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