Beating the latte factor: One money nerd’s quest for the best cheap coffee

Like J.D., I’m a recent convert to coffee. For most of my life, I preferred to consume my caffeine cold in the form of Diet Coke. And then…fate intervened.

Four years ago, when my family moved to Oklahoma, my sister-in-law gave us our first Keurig coffee maker. I thought, “That’s an interesting gift for a family that doesn’t drink coffee.”

But a set of sample k-cups came with the machine, so we started trying them.

The kids liked the sugary cups which were more like hot chocolate than coffee. And I found that I liked the taste of coffee now and then. I played with combinations of coffee, sugar, and milk until I found out I liked it a lot. I later dropped the sugar and went straight for the coffee/milk combo.

Within a month or two, I was hooked. But I started wondering: “We’re drinking a lot of coffee. Is this the best deal? What are my options for finding the best cheap coffee?” Because I’m a money nerd, I decided to find out.

My Quest for the Best Cheap Coffee>