# Gourmet Coffee its a Value

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By Roy Halpin

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, second only to
oil. Coffee trading is more active than corn, wheat, pork belly and metal
trading. In response to such heavy demand, the price of coffee continues
to rise. Despite the rising cost, coffee still remains an incredible value for

Coffee often seems expensive at first glance. In an attempt to find the
highest priced coffee around, we found a roast from Yemen that retails
at \$48.95 per pound. The average price of gourmet coffee, however,
was \$18 per pound. Wow! These must be quite the roasts to qualify for
such high price tags. Digging deeper, however, we learn that a cup of
gourmet coffee is surprisingly less expensive than most popular
beverages on the market today

Don't believe us? Following is the math to prove it. All estimates are
based off of a standard 12-cup coffee-maker. The average coffee grind
requires 1 rounded tablespoon of ground coffee per two cups of water.
This equates to six rounded tablespoons of coffee per pot of coffee.
According to ask.com there are approximately seventy-five tablespoons
of ground coffee per pound of coffee, equating to roughly twelve full pots
of coffee per pound.. Twelve pots of coffee equal 144 cups of wonderful
brew. Considering waste and human error, we rounded this number
down to a conservative 100 cups per pound of coffee. Referring back to
the most expensive coffee we could find, the price of a single cup of
coffee equates to only \$0.49 per cup (\$48.95 per pound/100 cups per
pound =\$0.49 per cup), while the average priced gourmet coffee
computes to \$0.18/cup (\$18 per pound/100 cups per pound = \$0.18 per
cup). Let's now compare the cost of a serving of gourmet coffee to
servings of other beverages. In the below examples, we compare a 12
ounce serving of coffee against 12 ounce servings of other drinks.

Beverage Unit Cost Per 12 ounce Serving
Gourmet Coffee: \$0.27 per serving (\$18.00 per pound, 66 servings per
pound)

Whole Milk: \$0.40 per serving (\$4 per gallon, 10.67 servings per gallon)

Pepsi: \$0.55 per serving (\$3.33 per six pack, 6 servings per six pack)

Snapple Peach Tea: \$0.67 per serving (\$0.89 per bottle, 1.3 servings
per bottle)

Budweiser Beer: \$0.71 per serving (\$17.00 per 24 pack, 24 servings per
pack)

Note: For cost accuracy, we checked weekly grocery flyers and the
internet for the lowest price on beverages and used those in the above
computations. Clearly, a 12 oz cup of gourmet coffee is more affordable
than many other popular beverages.

Who can drink coffee?

We often hear comments that, "Coffee is bad for children. It has too
much caffeine and my kids want to add lots of sugar!"Stop! I have seen
elementary school children drink Mountain Dew both before after school,
or as soon as they can get to a convenience store. Did their parents
check the ingredients of Mountain Dew or other sodas before allowing
their child to buy that supercharged drink? Some parents pride
themselves on only allowing their children to drink fruit drinks. These,
however, can be laden with too much sugar or even worse, high fructose
corn syrup. A cup of coffee, however, is full of both anti-oxidants and
phytochemicals, and is often a healthier option than sports or fruit drinks.

Ways to Prepare Coffee

There are also many different ways to enjoy coffee. It is popular in
Vietnamese culture to mix sweetened condensed milk with very dark
coffee. The Arab culture has been known to mix cardamom in with their
coffee. Try adding chocolate, caramel, mint, or any flavor that sounds
good to your coffee. You can also buy flavored coffees. Don't like
caffeine? Use decaffeinated coffee, and serve it hot or cold to your
whole family at any time of day. Use stevia powder instead of artificial
sweeteners to sweeten your coffee. Stevia is a natural sweetener that
has no calories. You can also try dark brown sugar or evaporated cane
juice in your coffee. Clearly, there are many ways to enjoy low-cost
coffee at any time of day.

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