The true cost of Tassimo and Keurig coffees

Tassimo and Keurig machines make it a snap to brew your favourite coffees at home, but that convenience doesn’t always translate into savings

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From the January 2015 issue of the magazine.

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Tassimo and Keurig machines make it a snap to brew your favourite coffees at home, with no messy clean-up. But does that convenience translate into savings? Surprisingly, the answer is ‘no’ if your morning routine includes a home-brewed McDonald’s java. Break down the costs and you’ll see it’s actually cheaper to buy it at the store.

Once you factor in the free McDonald’s coffee you get after buying six medium cups, it’s about 10 to 20 cents more expensive to brew the equivalent amount at home with a Tassimo disc or K-Cup. That means over the course of the year you’d save $20 to $40 if you just went directly to MickeyD’s to get your caffeine fix.

But if your java of choice is Timmies or Starbucks, here’s some good news: using K-Cups or Tassimo discs saves you about 20% off the cost of buying in-store.

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7 comments on “The true cost of Tassimo and Keurig coffees

  1. I buy beans and grind my own at home. Substantially cheaper than any of these and is much better coffee!

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  2. There are many excellent coffees packed in Keurig type cups which are less than $0.50 per cup. These individual cups make much more sense that brewing a pot of coffee at home and having some go cold or driving to the nearest Tim Horton’s or Starbucks for an overpriced cup of coffee. President’s Choice makes coffee very similar to Tim Horton’s in medium and dark roast. Western Family produces a very good cup as well – 40 pods for $18. Western Family says that their pods are 95% biodegradable. I recycle the plastic in the pods, and place the grounds in the organics collection.

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  3. Not sure where these figures were obtained, but I purchase McDonalds and Tim Hortons K-cups for $0.50 – $0.60 each if you shop carefully. FYI

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    • agreed. great points. I’m more worried about the plastic burning then consuming it??

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  4. Where do you get your “costs” from? The K Cups don’t cost that. Even without shopping around, they are typically $.80 a K Cup. I can’t imagine you factored in $0.50 or more for water alone. Electricity costs? I don’t get it.

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  5. With the idea of cost savings…for myself its the flavour and the fact that if i make a 6 cup pot of coffee i end up dumping half because it burnt before i get to it or i don’t drink it. At least with my kerig its fresh everytime and not burnt. Also unless i want gas station coffee or a coffee from the fancy coffee place for 4.50 a cup…the nearest tims is 3 hrs away. McDonald’s is 5 hrs away and Starbucks is 9 hrs away. My single cups allow me variety that my location does not allow. For an 18 pack of MacDonald coffee for my kerig on sale is 9.99 which is less than 50 cents a cup.

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  6. Where on earth did this person get those figures from? a box of 14 dsic box of McCafe Tassimo costs $9.99 which comes out to 0.70 cents a disc, it makes a small coffee, but I use the disc twice to make it a medium coffee. A medium coffee at McDonald’s is 1.75??? I’m saving a dollar on every coffee. Keurig coffee is cheaper, a box of 30 is $17 for Timothy’s Breakfast Blend (not Tim Horten’s) comes out to 0.60 cents compared to $2.00 for a small at their store.

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