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Bulk buy frugality, coffee edition

July 2, 2009

As some of you know I roast my own coffee at home. I was turned on to this idea by my friend and former colleague Steve, who has been doing it for quite a while now. I don’t actually do it for frugality reasons — it’s more of a hobby — but since I am unwilling to give up the coffee habit, it’s very clearly the cheapest way to indulge it.

Yesterday Steve and I and a bunch of other people carefully divvied up about 100kg of green beans. Steve had cut a deal with a wholesaler and organised it all. Together we bought one 60kg sack and several 10kg bags. The average cost per kilogram was $11. Even allowing for 20% weight loss after roasting, that’s a very substantial saving for roasting it yourself, and actually somewhat of a saving over normal retail for green beans. Another win for buying in bulk.

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One comment

  1. once we make the move to the [cough]suburbs[cough] i’m looking forward to buying things like *drums* of olive oil.

    we’ll have to discuss smoking bacon.



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