So, it wouldn’t surprise us if your office (or home) has one of those Nespresso or K-Cup coffee makers—the machines that brew just one cup instead of a whole pot. They serve as a quick, convenient, and sometimes delicious caffeine delivery system.
This week, however, they took some flak.
According to a report in The New York Times, the pods cost more than buying high-end artisanal coffee. To wit:
“The Nespresso Arpeggio costs $5.70 for 10 espresso capsules, while the Folgers Black Silk blend for a K-Cup brewed-coffee machine is $10.69 for 12 pods. But that Nespresso capsule contains 5 grams of coffee, so it costs about $51 a pound. And the Folgers, with 8 grams per capsule, works out to more than $50 a pound.
“That’s even more expensive than all but the priciest coffees sold by artisanal roasters, the stuff of coffee snobs.