WHAT IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE PART TO A CUP OF COFFEE ?– I don’t know about you but until I’ve had my morning coffee I’m little more than a walking corpse.
My partner often refers to me as the morning zombie as I trudge to the bathroom and go through my usual routine whilst the kettle boils.
Ah, that first tip; it’s like someone turning on the light switch. Unfortunately I have the disgusting habit of also lighting up my first cigarette of the day… yes I really do need to quit smoking.
There are literally millions of us who also grab a nice cup of coffee on the way to work and the choice is always delightful; personally I prefer a Latte or as nice creamy Cappuccino.
Coffee as we all know is fairly expensive but would you be surprised to learn that the most expensive part of the cup of coffee you buy from the coffee shop is actually the cup?
I’m afraid that despite that little coffee bean having to be shipped from faraway places like South America it amounts to very little. The average cost for a medium sized cup of cappuccino is approximately £2.20 but the amount of coffee that it contains only equates to about 8p of that cost.
The real expensive parts are that of the cup, the lid and that little plastic spoon to stir your coffee – in fact these items cost you double the amount of the cost of the coffee.
Now you might be wondering why you are paying £2.20 for a cup of coffee that costs 24p (that’s 8p for the coffee and 16p for its container and accessories). There are of course other costs involved including those employed to make your coffee, which can equate to as much as 60p.
On top of that you have to contribute towards the cost of the premises and its upkeep. Yes that humble cappuccino that actually costs just 8p is but a fraction of what it costs to produce but I’m sure you will agree it still tastes great.
Don’t place all the blame on the coffee shop or the staff for the exorbitant price for the Government, as usual, has their sticky fingers firmly in the cash register. In fact VAT adds another 37p to your morning coffee; that’s 4.6 times the cost of that little coffee bean.
If you are wondering how much the coffee shop makes in profit then the answer is approximately 28p for every cup – that’s after all the costs associate with making your coffee, including the milk, cream, sugar, container, staffing, etc.
The price of a cup of coffee has indeed risen dramatically in the past ten years alone – back then a cup of cappuccino would have cost you about £1.30 but the rise is mainly due to ever increasing staffing costs (minimum wage increases), rent, rates and of course taxation.
Enjoy your morning cup of coffee – I know I couldn’t do without mine.