Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Accessorize, with Coffee!

via Starbucks.com
(In this case where "via" means "by way of"
and not the name of their fancy instant coffee.)

How many people do you see in a day with a Starbucks cup in their hand? A recent study that I may or may not be making up, reports that the average American spends more than $20 a week on coffee. This extrapolates to over $1,000 a year on traveling COFFEE! 

Incidentally, I stole this stat from a Facebook page belonging to sofiie.

So here's the thing. A plain, regular, no frills Starbucks SMALL coffee, which has a silly name I won't repeat here, costs $1.65. And there are approximately 6-8 ounces in it depending on how much room you've ordered. (For dramatic effect I'm going to assume most of you are weenies and leave two ounces of space for creamer and 14 sugars or sugar substitutes. This is my blog and I can do what I want.) SO. There are 128 ounces in a gallon, which means a gallon of Starbucks plain, no frills brewed coffee costs $35.20. How freaked do you get when a gallon of gas costs over $4.00?

Really, I'm not even going to touch how much you spend on Caramel Macchiatos and Cinnamon Dolce Lattes. Toss in your Rogaine for Men, your fancy hair products, and nail polish?!? Coffee ends up being your most expensive accessory. Gas is the cheapest thing you buy per gallon all day.

Is it my fault you drive 14 miles to find your favorite Starbucks with the cute barista who knows just how you like your froth? No. I'm not here to judge you very much. However you like to accessorize your smart business suits, or sassy skirt ensembles is entirely up to you. You're free to spend as much as you like on gas and complain about it the whole time you are spending upwards of $40 per gallon on your coffee drink.

I'm pretty sure it's what the Founding Fathers wanted for us in the first place.


  1. Wow, what a great way to look at it! This is why I rarely go to Starbucks, it's so overpriced!