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greenbeanmachine
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Posted Wed May 8, 2013, 9:44pm
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About $80 a week.
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Posted Fri May 10, 2013, 6:16pm
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I go through about a half-pound whole bean a week, two-three cups a day, so probably $30 a month.
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 1:38pm
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Ignoring the equipment costs (I could be happy with just a grinder and a couple of aeropresses), I roast 1lb of coffee a week, at $6-7 a lb.  Often I run out of time to do this, and so I buy coffee at $14-16 for 12oz.  So not more than $45 a month.
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Posted Fri May 17, 2013, 7:41am
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Probably around $200-300/month between my husband and I.  Not including equipment and/or repairs.

 
...and on that note, I need a coffee.
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Posted Fri May 17, 2013, 10:15am
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Man I dont know how some spend a couple hundred a month just on beans alone, what are you drinking a pound a day?!? Lol :p
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Posted Fri May 17, 2013, 1:14pm
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I've wondered the same thing. Maybe they're brewing for an extended family?

I spend more on vegetables than coffee.
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Posted Wed Jun 5, 2013, 7:18am
Subject: Re: Coffee - How much do you spend a day/week/month/year?
 

This is a great question that will give different results based upon where we are in our journey.

I currently roast and consume about 1/2# per week, 2-3 cups or espressos per day. I do gift fresh roasted coffee to friends and family. I order green beans about every two-three months, usually about $100 an order. So my consumable costs would be about $35-$40/ month. I hardly ever order roasted beans, I may explore this area in the future. I drink my coffee black so no other consumable costs. I seldom purchase coffee from retailers except for a special occasion, special barista.

Equipment costs on the other hand are different and really justify some amortization for a fair comparison.
Total estimated cost of roaster set up, a really nice grinder and DB Espresso Machine is about $4,000. For me, this is a 10 year amortization,  say $40/ month.  So in total, about $80-$100/ month to explore the wonderful world of coffee. At $100/month, this allows me to purchase an occasional brewing device every year or so and have picked up several over the years.

Seems like a lot at first but when I compare that to my technology costs per month, I want to scream. Telephone, cable and internet are over three times my coffee expenses/ budget.

The biggest hurdle for me to overcome was the first espresso machine and grinder. Can I justify the costs as the only coffee drinker in the home? Seemed a bit indulgent until I thought about the technology expenses.  The second biggest hurdle was the second machine and grinder. I bought the first setup, mazzo off CL and the HX unit from a member of this BB. Learned a lot about what I would want in a second machine over several years and then planned and bought a second grinder from a BB member and a new DB machine. It is not the "Best", but it beyond my capabilities and allows me to explore coffee tastes, techniques, etc. At this time, I don't plan on upgrading either unit. The first set up was sold to another BB member looking to get started in espresso.


My journey started a long time ago and I progressed slowly and deliberately through each stage of roasting and brewing. It was always done on a frugal budget and spread out over a few years. The only really significant purchases were the grinders and espresso machines. I followed the advice of others smarter than me and did not buy cheap/buy twice. Rather, the purchases were well planned over time and when I upgraded was able to recover about 75% of my prior costs via a resale. This BB has been a big help along the way.

As an example, started home roasting on an air popper over 15 years ago. Equipment start up costs were minimal, bought everything at the Goodwill, thrift stores and garage sales. If I couldn't find equipment cheap I made it. I migrated through most every form of roasting except commercial home roasters. I settled on a drum roaster in my converted gas grill. The grill is a 25 year old Weber and the drum is an RK Stainless Steel. I fabricated the first drum out of brass and stainless container parts. I did a PIF with that unit to a young man just starting out.

This is one fantastic hobby.
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Posted Sun Jun 23, 2013, 6:46am
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I think it's close to 100/mth for me.  60 for beans from my favorite local roaster, plus equipment.  I've spent about 500 in the last year, and that seems like a reasonable amount to maintain.  I have about 500 in stuff on my wish list for the next year.
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Flori
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Posted Sun Jun 23, 2013, 7:35pm
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its about 80-100usd for me. love my coffee and need it to start my day :)

flori
blogger, coffeeloversofworld.com
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