Why You Should Be Getting Your Caffeine Fix at Home

011811-espressomachine0.jpgOne of the main reasons why we completely stopped buying coffees at coffee shops is basic economics. Buying a cup/mug or two a day adds up to a lot of money over a year. In fact, you’d probably be surprised to learn that the Starbucks coffee you love so much could end up costing you as much as a very expensive Italian espresso machine…even one with a touchscreen interface!

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Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

2 thoughts on “Why You Should Be Getting Your Caffeine Fix at Home”

  1. You know why coffee out costs as much as it does? The #1 reason is labor costs:
    http://theshot.coffeeratings.com/2010/05/coffee-prices-social-politics/

    I don’t understand why people don’t get this. It’s true when you’re getting your fruit smoothies at Jamba Juice. It’s true when you’re buying your hamburgers at a fast food joint. Etc., etc. Is it so hard to follow that labor costs drive the price of consumables you don’t make yourself?

    Secondly, there’s a complete ignorance about these labor costs. They are not “optional”. If someone isn’t changing your motor oil, frying up your burger, or cleaning your toilets, that means these are labor costs you take on yourself with your own labor. People fail to realize that they are pricing their own time to what they’d pay on the open market.

    We’d all save a bundle of money if we did everything ourselves. But that means we end up “paying” ourselves close to minimum wages for our own time. Is your time worth paying yourself minimum wages to use it doing things like making your own coffee, cooking your own burgers, and cleaning your own toilets? That’s the question you really need to be asking.

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