K Cup Coffee Vs Ground Coffee Cost Comparison
Saving money, squeezing more out of your coffee experience drip for drip….don’t those two go together hand in hand like two peas in a pod?
Yep, no doubt about it. I don’t have any need to get more coffee for less price…said no one ever. Well, let’s take a look at k-cups vs grounds as a math and numbers issue, if you will, to see where this factors in.
Trouble is quantifying this is tricky because it is dependent on: How many cups of coffee you drink per day, the cost of your favorite coffee brand(s), and the size on average you drink, whether 8, 10 oz, or more.
So let’s take a good look at coffee by the ounce, pound, cup….and how your use of self-contained K-cups or refillable kcups matters! Trouble is I kind of stink at math so I am using research and my own experiences as a guide for coffee budgeting.
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Cost of Coffee Pods vs Ground Coffee
As for me, I buy all my pods and coffee grounds usually at the store locally. Other coffee apparatuses, bought online. Most of the time wherever I go, K-cup coffee is carried in a price in the neighborhood of $6.95-$9.95.
I keep my eyes peeled for a sale, which usually means about $6.95, sometimes I’ve landed $5.95. If it’s a brand and strength I like, I grab that sucker. Via that rate, that makes it pretty much about $0.50 – $0.75 per pod. Which is pretty good. Considering I might pick up a hot 10 oz cup of joe from a place like QuikTrip for about 98 cents:)
By the same token, I also buy loose coffee grounds by the bag, and an 11 oz bag of grounds costs about the same as a 12-pack of K-cups. If you also shop for coffee by the bag you probably have a similar experience; price sometimes varies by brand.
The Refillable Cups By Comparison
So it’s a split between my 12/box habit and loose grounds I use with my refillable Brewooze cups – I love the foil bags; it really locks that freshness in well. In the past I picked up a can (but mainly because I wanted to save the empty aluminum can to reuse later)
I use about a tablespoon and a half on average of grounds in my refillable cups. I like my coffee kind of strong, but not over the top strong so a tablespoon and a half for a resulting 8-10 oz cup of joe is just right. That’s just me, but everyone is different.
OK,so if you too buy grounds by the bag (and assuming the standard size bags in the neighborhood of 11-12 oz.) As you probably know well, we have to break this down further as a oz on a bag of coffee is different from the oz in a cup of coffee. We’ve got to look at grams. I may use a tablespoon to measure out my coffee, but how many grams does that equal?
How Much Do I Save Using Refillable K-Cups?
I decided to find out for myself one day, so I started keeping track. I began with an 11-oz bag of my favorite grounds, brand new, also equivalent (as per what the bag said – 311 grams) and made a note every time I made a cup using one of my refillable cups (I mean, literally, wrote it down in a notepad) and kept track diligently.
When I got to the bottom of the bag I knew I would have to allow for a margin of error…not enough to fill up the last cup fully. As it turned out, my 11 oz bag would go to make exactly 31.5 cups of joe. So, yep, for the same price, I get twice as much joe, plus 6 cups more. Winner, winner, chicken dinner!
So How Much Goes Into That Little K-Cup?
I had to research this a little further….Have you ever wondered just how much coffee is in a Kcup? It’s hard to tell looking at the box they come in. Well, one site states 10-12 grams. That’s a self-contained K-cup by the way. This does NOT include the K-Mug and K-Carafe pods which are bigger.
To sum up, How much you are going to save if you choose to go with the bag of grounds and fill up your own individual kcups, will be less assuming you prepare and drink coffee at the same rate as before.-as you will be able to get more out of that bag of grounds.
This resource guide here at Blue Moose Coffee shows some grounds/cups metrics that can give you a pretty good idea of how much you can expect from different size quantities of coffee. It doesn’t discuss K-cups per-se but you’ll get a good understanding of “coffee metrics” lol.
How Much Do You Really Save?
So you have to look at your typical consumption habits. One cup a day, two, three? How big a cup, too? (If any of those involve travel tumblers, which are bigger, factor that in , too)
Generally speaking, a bag of coffee (I wish I could say a pound of coffee, but a pound is 16 oz if I’m not mistaken) with which you use to fill your own reusable pod cups, will save you some money over the long run.
And it’ll help you win some eco-friendly points…so you’ll have some “green” either way!
What are your thoughts….How do you get your k-cup coffee as cheaply (but good-ly) as possible? Comment below 🙂
Creative Commons Photo Attribution – Photo of bunch of K-Cups courtesy of Mike Prosser
Bag of Novo coffee courtesy of Alex Juel