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Rising Costco prices, or that plus 42 cents will give you coffee

November 6th, 2011 at 08:42 am

I don't know if it's because it spent $22 million on the state liquor privatization initiative, or to cover James Sinegal's golden handshake, but the cost of coffee went up by 15% since my visit six weeks earlier. $6.29/lb for five pound bag of coffee. That IS the cheap coffee. And obviously I bought in bulk.

Bah it bugs me to spend $87 on a small box of items at Costco. Granted the two priciest categories: meat and wine were in there, but it was organic ground beef in bulk and red wine for slow cooker roasts. And I see that lamb there is $9/lb instead of $13.67 at Safeway or $24 at the public market.

My husband and I figured the new coffee costs: 30.68 tbsps in a pound, two tbsps per cup, so 15 cups per pound. 75 cups for $31.45 = 42 cents per cup of coffee.

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Compare with average 8 oz. drip retail = $1.75 before tax. So we limit our coffees out to Saturdays and Sundays.

I read that some do a second serving of coffee with half fresh and half leftover grains.

I bought Turkish coffee and a set for my spouse in August. I started making it for myself this week -- looked complicated at first, but with practice and some prep it takes less time than making regular coffee. And ooh the caffeine buzz lasts for hours.

3 Responses to “Rising Costco prices, or that plus 42 cents will give you coffee”

  1. LuckyRobin Says:

    I noticed yesterday that Costco prices have gone up quite a bit. Toilet paper has jumped a couple of bucks and butter has, too. Olive oil has. Cashews. Cheese. Crackers. Fresh produce was pretty much the same. All the freezer items seemed to have jumped. I don't buy milk there because I buy a certain kind of organic, but it is definitely no longer the cheapest in town.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    We don't have a Costco, but prices on most groceries have jumped where we live. Coffee is one of them, but flour and sugar have risen as has canned goods and paper products.

  3. Looking Forward Says:

    I frequently make a second pot with the left over grounds. Just add 1/2 the amount on top of the used stuff and brew as usual. Smile

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