This post continues my series about how to save money on coffee. First, I searched for the best generic whole bean coffee. Next, I investigated how much coffee is in a k-cup. In this post, I seek the cheapest k-cups available. Be sure to come back soon for my next post comparing the cost of drip coffee vs. k-cups.
How Much Does a K-Cup Cost?
As I mentioned in my post about how much coffee is in a k-cup, the average grocery store price of a k-cup is around $0.75/k-cup. While that’s cheap compared to a Starbucks coffee, that’s terribly expensive for home-brewed coffee. Many money-conscious coffee lovers are wondering where to buy the cheapest k-cups.
Where Is the Cheapest K-Cup?
In order to find the cheapest k-cups, I searched for the cheapest brand of k-cup at a number of national chains. To keep things simple, I only looked at regular, non-sale prices. Here are my findings:
|Store||Brand||Price||Number||Cost Per K-Cup|
|Bed Bath & Beyond||Victor Allen||$29.99||96||$0.31|
|Dollar Tree||Dollar Tree||$1.00||4||$0.25|
Where Is The Cheapest Place to Buy K-Cups?
1. Dollar Tree
Dollar Tree had the very cheapest regular price k-cups I could find at only $0.25 per k-cup. I am a little skeptical of Dollar Tree coffee, but if you only have $1 for coffee, you can get your fix at the Dollar Tree. My local Dollar Tree also only had French Vanilla flavor, but it appears other options are available on their website.
Walmart is almost as cheap as Dollar Tree for k-cups and I was surprised that it was actually cheaper than the warehouse clubs. And no membership required! Only $0.26 per k-cup for Great Value k-cups. They come in a variety of flavors including Breakfast Blend, Columbia, French Vanilla, and Donut Shop styles.
Best Place to Buy K-Cups in Bulk
As mentioned above, the Great Value k-cups are only $0.25 each when you buy them in bulk.
2. Bed Bath, & Beyond
I was shocked to see the Bed Bath & Beyond’s regular price on Victor Allen brand k-cups actually beats Costco at only $0.31 per k-cup. What’s even more amazing is that if you buy them in-store, you can use a 20% off coupon! That would make them $0.25 per k-cup, which is an amazing price! Unfortunately, my local store only carried the variety pack. You can order the single-flavor packs on the web for the same price (but coupons are harder to find for online use).
Amazon has several varieties of k-cup coffee that are around $0.30 each. Those prices can also be improved by coupons and subscribe and save. A 15% discount would bring the price down to only $0.26 each, making Amazon one of the cheapest options for k-cups. The cheapest k-cups on Amazon currently were Double Donut and Victor Allen (the same brand sold at Bed Bath & Beyond). I noticed a number of reviewers noted that there were some quality control issues with the Victor Allen k-cups popping open, so beware of that.
3. Costco / Sam’s Club
Costco’s Kirkland Signature k-cups are $0.33 each. Their coffee is also fair trade. I haven’t tried the k-cups varieties of coffee, but I love the Kirkland Signature coffee that I have tried. I discussed it in my post about the best generic whole bean coffee. Sam’s Club has similar prices on k-cups in bulk.
Cheapest Place to Buy K-Cups in Small Quantities
Not everyone wants to buy their k-cups in boxes of 100+. Where’s your best bet if you only want to buy a small box at a time?
1. Dollar Tree
Dollar Tree is the cheapest at only $0.25 each. They come in a package of 4 for only $1.00.
Aldi’s k-cups are a pretty good price at $0.36 each. If their k-cups are as good as their whole-bean coffee, this is a good value. I discussed Aldi coffee in my post about best generic coffee.
3. Walmart or Target
Target’s Market Pantry brand is $4.49 for 12 and Walmart’s Great Value brand is $4.47 for 12. They are both $0.37 per k-cup, which is still much better than grocery store prices for a small package of k-cups.
Cheapest Fair Trade Certified K-Cups
The cheapest Fair Trade Certified k-cups I could find anywhere were Costco’s Kirkland Signature. They are $39.99 for 120 or $0.33 per k-cup. Note that Kirkland Signature k-cups are Fair Trade Certified but NOT organic.
Cheapest Fair Trade Organic K-Cups
If you are seeking Fair Trade AND Organic k-cups, here are the cheapest k-cup options:
Aldi’s Fair Trade Certified organic k-cups are $4.99 for 12 or $0.42 per k-cup. That’s the cheapest price I could find for Fair Trade organic k-cups without sales or coupons.
2. Trader Joe’s
The price at Trader Joe’s for Fair Trade organic k-cups is the same as Aldi’s at $4.99 for 12 or $0.42 per k-cup.
AmazonFresh is a prime member only brand from Amazon. I wrote about the whole bean variety of this coffee in my post about best generic coffee. I really enjoyed it but the price wasn’t competitive with Aldi’s. In the case of k-cups, though, the two are similarly priced.
If you are able to use any coupons or subscription discounts, AmazonFresh would be an excellent deal for organic Fair Trade Certified k-cups. The regular price is $34.99 for 80 or $0.44 per k-cup. There’s currently a $5 coupon that would reduce the price to only $0.37 per k-cup.
Conclusion: Cheapest K-Cups
Overall, the cheapest k-cups you’re going to find, even with buying in bulk, sales, and coupons are going to be around $0.25 each. In my previous post about how much coffee is in a k-cup, I found that an average k-cup contains 11g of coffee, and it takes 41 k-cups to equal a pound of coffee. So how much does the absolute CHEAPEST pound of k-cup coffee cost? 41 times $0.25 = $10.25 per pound of k-cup coffee. That’s not terrible considering I found that the average pound of k-cup coffee costs $30.75. But it’s still not very good. I’ll investigate this more in my next post comparing the cost of k-cups vs. drip coffee.
More About Saving Money on Coffee
Check out the rest of my posts about saving money on coffee: