Approximately 83% of Americans agree that their daily make or break status depends on whether they get their caffeine fix. The steam emanating from that first cup provides the soothing warmth of a security blanket. And the taste… bold, creamy, and sweet as an angel's kiss. Since the 1990s, manufacturers like Keurig with their single serve coffee pods have been helping families get their morning rush from home on an individual basis. But what exactly are these benefits? It really comes down to the C's.
Those fancy-named heavily sweetened caffeinated beverages at your favorite barista come at a hefty price. Sure, the $4 price point, including barista tip, seems a fair deal – especially considering the artistic foam details and entertainment received from a misspelled name. After all, who doesn't love it when their co-workers call them Christine all day when their birth name is Christian? Beyond temporary discomfort at the taunt, those daily pit stops add up fast. Spending $4 once in a while on a treat isn't a big deal. But most Americans spend over $20 per week for the fix. The overall habit ends up draining almost $1,100 from your personal annual budget.
This is substantial considering average commuting costs come to just shy of $1,500 per year. Why are we moaning so much about gas prices but we accept the barista charges? It's no wonder the U.S. Coffeehouse industry is forecasted to earn a whopping $32 billion in 2016 alone. In comparison, switching to single serve coffee pods, such as Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend or Baronet Coffee Pods, costs an average of $.55 per cup. Even if you add sugar, cream or soy milk, or get creative with sprinkles and chocolate shavings, you're still looking at around $1 and some change per cup.
Convenience of quality single serve coffee pods
This scenario plays out all too often across America. It's Monday morning and you're jonesing for a piping hot vanilla latte. You're running late as it is, so every minute counts double time. Every nerve in your body buzzes as you scamper under the green circular sign because the young staff at that specific shop knows how you like it. And just as you get inside, you run smack dab into the 11th person in line. A quick glance at the drive-thru attendant confirms you're at their mercy either way. So you wait knowing full well, you'll be late yet again. Suddenly, you whip the phone out of your pocket and dial the office. Might as well offer a group pickup and hopefully save face with the boss in the process.
Single serve coffee pods avoid all the hassles. Many of the top brand individual cup brewing machines have built-in programmable features. So it's just a matter of prepping your own cup and walking out the door. No muss, no fuss, and all the caffeine goodness you need for a busy day. And just think, if you always bring your own, someone else at the office will likely be tasked with group coffee rounds. Talk about convenience.
Cleanup and Conservation
Americans drink more than 100 billion cups of coffee per year, and over 14 billion of those cups are made of disposable paper. That's enough to wrap around the Earth 55 times. Coffee lovers will toss 31 billion disposable cups this year alone. While some of those are made of biodegradable materials, most aren't. Polyurethane cannot decompose. And the petroleum-based product sprayed inside cups to avoid burns and seepage can't break down. The fuel in the plastic linings of paper cups could burn enough energy to heat 8,300 homes on an annual basis.
Fortunately, there's an easy way around all of this. Virtually 100% of all home coffee drinkers use their own cups – whether those are cupboard staples or travel cups. Individual K-Cups or other brand coffee pods are pre-measured for perfect coffee every time – regardless of what flavor or variety is chosen. Simply remove the small pod, toss it out, and enjoy a delicious cup of exotic coffee without the cleanup mess. For those looking to be even more environmental conscious, 100% recyclable K cups® are available as well.
There are plenty of other benefits for switching to single serve coffee pods, but how much more do you need? Just think about what you could do with an extra $750 – $900 per year, up to an extra half-hour per morning, and the extra karma for helping to save the planet. Now, stop reading this, and go buy that quality Keurig machine® or single serve coffee pod machine you've been eyeing.