How Much Did Coffee Cost In 1950?

Exactly how much did it cost to get a cup of coffee throughout the past century?

Roasted coffee beans, which are the seeds of berries from specific Coffea species, are used to make coffee. In order to generate an unroasted green coffee from their fruit and seed as a stable raw material, they undergo additional processing.

At that time, a cup of coffee cost on average in the United States?

  • 1953, Coffee cost $0.30 and $0.31 in 1954
  • 1955, a cup of coffee cost $0.31
  • 1956, a cup of coffee cost $0.31
  • 1957, a cup of coffee cost $0.32
  • 1958, a cup of coffee cost $0.33

To make one cup of coffee at home cost around two cents less than a century ago, or about 24 cents today, adjusted for inflation.

How much did coffee cost in the 1960s?

According to the USDA, at the end of the Eisenhower administration, the average American consumed about 19 pounds of coffee per year. Coffee costs slightly less than $1 per pound, which is comparable to the current hourly minimum wage.

How much did coffee cost in 2021?

According to Refinitiv data, benchmark arabica coffee futures increased 45.8 percent this year due to production issues, while robusta futures increased 52.2 percent. Fitch Solutions forecasts that the average price of arabica coffee in 2021 will be $1.60 per pound, up from $1.35 per pound in its previous forecast.

In 2015, the cost of a cup of home-brewed coffee was 18 cents. Outside of the home, coffee prices have gone up little, but not by much.

Coffea, the plant from which coffee beans are harvested, is a brewed beverage created from the seeds of berries belonging to specific Coffea species, which have been roasted. Their primary components, fruit and seed, are further processed in order to produce a stable, raw product that is unroasted and green in color, known as green coffee.

Coffee, like many other foods, is influenced by the components that are used in its preparation, so it's vital to keep this in mind while brewing your cup of Joe.

200mg caffeine is equivalent to about two 5-ounce coffee cups, or four 5-ounce teacups. Adults should consume no more than 200 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per day. Caffeine should be consumed in moderation, if at all, by children.

Caffeine doses of up to 400 mg are tolerated by some individuals. According to most experts, 600 mg (four to seven cups of coffee) is an extremely dangerous level. 

Caffeine is a narcotic. While it is generally safe to consume in small doses by the majority of people, it is addictive and can be difficult to reduce or eliminate completely. 

"Coffee is a daily requirement," Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, and eating a well-balanced diet are some of the most controllable aspects of your overall health. The consumption of coffee on a regular basis should be considered as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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OCM ( was started in 2007 with the first webpage about coffee machines. And for a number of years, we focused on helping people find their desired coffee machine (we still are helping folks with that! So, if you are looking for coffee machines for office or restaurants - check out the link). 

In 2010, we started getting enquiries on restaurant marketing and we start to help food and beverage brands with their marketing. Below are campaigns and events that we have done over the years: 

OCM's campaigns: F&B Marketing Ideas by OCM 

OCM's Events: F&B Industry events by or with OCM

Check out this restaurant marketing guide to learn more about the many campaigns and companies we have worked with. 

Since then, we have also created many marketing workshops and classes for the F&B industry. Many of these modules are still running in tertiary institutions such as Temasek Polytechnic Skillsfuture Academy and also ITE College East COC classes, below are some snippets of our lectures and workshops: 

OCM’s F&B workshops: Food and Beverage Marketing Lectures | Workshops - click to watch classes on customer journey map, JTBD and more. 

So, if you are looking for industry practitioners to help you scale your coffee or F&B businesses, do drop us a message or book an appointment. Do also check out our various social media platforms on regular F&B and coffee market updates: 

For regular coffee (F&B) related videos: OCM Youtube

For Daily Coffee Inspiration (fun coffee content): OCM IG

For insights into the coffee (F&B) industry: OCM LinkedIN 

PS: For the coffee lovers, we continue to share coffee articles (and videos) and have also started a free coffee class section (with free online coffee training supported by coffee partners).

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