My first real addiction was coffee. I can still remember the first time caffeine attacked my brain stem, like in a novel by Proust: “Remembrances of Addictions Past.”
I couldn’t have been 8 or 9, and my mother used a percolator, where boiling water is forced up an inner tube to circulate though the grinds. I guess it had stopped percolating, and I pulled off the top and sucked the hot liquid from the spout. My brain was energized in a way that now can only be recovered with a Schedule I drug. Milder highs are better anyway. At that moment I knew that I found my drug (not knowing about the next drug), and this one has never left my side.
Now I recognize many of my problems arise from excessive caffeine intake: insomnia, irritability, sour stomach, acid reflux. But I can carefully regulate my caffeine intake at home, in a way I can’t do when I drink Starbuck’s or Peets.
Since I’m a numbers guy, here’s what I find, and make it quick.
Morning coffee: two 6 oz. cups, uses 10 gm (we’ll skip the tare weight of the #2 filter, which is about 1 gram).
Afternoon coffee: one 6 oz. cup, using 6 gm of coffee.
Two #2 filters.
Cost: Using Peet’s Major Dickinson’s Blend, 12 oz. for no more than $10.00.
#2 filters: 100 for $4.00 (seems excessive), or 4 c each.
12 oz = 12×28 gm= 336 gm. Therefore $10.00/336 gm = 2.98 c/gm.
Morning coffee: one cup for my wife, one cup for me, costs then 4 c + 29.8 c = 34 c. A cup of coffee at Peet’s or Starbucks would be about 2 bucks, or 4 bucks for two. So it’s a markup by a factor of 10 or so, but not nearly so much recognizing the cost of brick and mortar, wireless, paper cup, filtered water, and employee salaries.