(Long Term View)
One question that many people, including many of the consumers who already enjoy a capsule coffee machine at home, ask themselves is how much we spend on capsules at the end of the year, and what is the most expensive or cheapest option in the long term. At coffeemaker.top, we want to help you decide and to do so we have carried out a study on the average cost of buying a capsule coffee maker and, logically, consuming coffees with a specific frequency at the end of the year.
NOTE: If you want to read a more extensive study applied to different types of coffee machines, read the following article: How much does a cup of coffee cost us?
Let’s assume an average consumption of one capsule a day (365 a year) and take for comparison the average prices of the most common varieties of coffee in official stores.
Logically these prices will vary depending on the offers or promotions we find, but the calculation will serve to give us an idea of how much it costs to have a coffee machine capsules at home. Nor will we consider the cost of water/electricity because it is insignificant and because it will be the same for any brand.
The prices of the coffee machines vary a lot, but we are going to take as reference to elaborate our study the current rates (July 2020) of the most popular models of the moment in each brand (Inissia, Mini Me, Vivy 2 and Senseo Original).
Once we’ve explained how we do our calculations, we’ll do the math.
How much does a Nespresso coffee maker cost?
Price of a coffee maker: 100 £ approx. (we take as reference the current model of Inissia)
Price of the official capsules: 0.56 cents = 204.4 £ per year and 613.2 £ in three years. We can save money buying compatible capsules.
- Nespresso Variety Pack 200 Capsules for Original line
According to these prices, the first year we will spend 304,4 £, and in three years we would have spent 713,2 £. With an average of 237.7£ per year.
- Compact machine taking up minimum space on your work counter
- User friendly capsule insertion with removable container for emptying
- Fast heating using Thermoblock, 25 seconds
- Automatic quantity control for the coffee of your choice from espresso to cappuccino
- Enhanced Nespresso capsules containing the ideal amount of freshly roasted and ground coffee with 16 different blends to suit all tastes
How much does a coffee with Dolce Gusto cost?
Price of a coffee maker: 60 £ approx. (we consider for the calculation the current price of a Mini Me)
Price of the official capsules: 0.30 cents = 109.50 £ per year and 328.50 £ over three years.
- Nescafé Dolce Gusto Sweet Dreams
- Pack of 6
- 16 Capsules per pack
- Serves for 8 people per pack
- Net weight: 168g / pack
In other words, the first year we would spend about £169.50, and after three years, our investment will be £ 388.50. With an average of 129.5£ per year.
- Automatic play and select coffee machine
- Maximum 15 bar pump pressure for coffee shop quality
- 30 varieties of hot and cold drinks
- Pods available in supermarkets and online
- Features 2 years guarantee
How much is a coffee with Tassimo?
Price of a coffee maker: approx. 40 £. (we take as average one of the last models: Vivy 2)
Price of capsules: 0.25 cents = 91.25 £ per year and 273.75 £ over three years.
- Compatible with Tassimo Coffee Machine
- 2 x Tassimo Café Long Classic (16 Servings)
- 2 x Tassimo Espresso Classic (16 Servings)
- 2 x Tassimo Petit-Déjeuner Classic (16 Servings)
- 6 Packs, 96 Servings in total
It gives us a total of £ 131.25 spending the first year, and £ 313.45 after the first three years of consumption. With an average of 104.5£ per year.
- Auto cleaning and descaling. Note: It is suggested to wait for 24 hours for the machine to unlock
- Height adjustable and removable cup stand with stainless steel drip tray: can be fully removed for tall latte glasses or travel mugs
- Easy to use, one button operation with Tassimo T-Discs
- Removable water tank integrated into housing unit 0.7 Litre
- 5 LED user interface provides user with current information about machine status: Standby, Automatic mode, Manual mode, Refill water tank, machine needs to be descaled
How much does a coffee with Senseo cost?
Price of a coffee maker: 85£ approx. (taking into account the average cost of a Senseo Original)
Price of the official capsules: 0.125 cents = 45.6 £ per year and 136.9 £ in three years.
In total, 130.6 £ for the first year and 221.9 £ after 36 months. With an average of 74£ per year.
- Senseo Original HD6554/10 coffee maker Pod coffee machine 0.7 L Semi-auto
- Coffee Makers
Senseo coffee machines are the most economical in the long term, due to the price of their capsules.
The conclusions of this study are obvious:
- The cheapest coffee maker in the long term, taking these numbers as a guide, is undoubtedly Senseo’s with an average of 221.9 £ of total cost, well below the rest.
- The price of the machine does not influence so much in the long term. What is essential if you want to keep an eye on your pocket is the price of the capsules. As you can see, a priori there are significant differences in the price of the coffee machines, but after a few years it doesn’t even show. If we change the costs of the coffee machines, we have taken for those of any other model, and we will see that the results of the study are practically the same.
- Another exciting conclusion is that, contrary to the established opinion, if we choose a standard model of coffee machine, the difference in costs between a Nespresso machine and any other brand is not as excessive as it may seem at first glance. Only 70 £ or 80 £ difference after three years, coffee maker and capsules included.
We have also not considered the consumption of prepared beverages, which need two capsules instead of one and can, therefore, trigger expenditure if we consume them frequently. It is especially true for the Dolce Gusto and Tassimo brands, so keep this in mind if you’re buying a coffee maker with capsules from these brands.
Do you agree with these conclusions?