So I was sat at my desk this after none sipping my cup of java and reading and thinking about a story I read via a social media stream this weekend that the cost of coffee is due to rise. Brazil’s Arabica coffee prices have recently surged 94 percent, to $2.144 a pound on the New York futures market. The price spike is a result of bad weather in Brazil.
This got me to thinking about the prices that we pay for a coffee from business such as Starbucks and costa not to say that a half fat double shot Americano with cameral isn’t nice but when did it become the norm that a coffee from such a place should cost what to some people is nearly a hours wage and is these articles are any thing to go by the cost is going to rise the thing that I always think is that I can buy a bag of fresh ground coffee for around £3- 5.00 as well as lets say the cost of a coffee and a doughnut at dun-kin doughnuts the base cost of the raw ingredients are not equal to the final price of the end products that you receive.
What your paying for is a logo and the reputation of a brand. in theory you could buy the same beans grind them your self and make the same coffee all your self at a fraction of the cost we have become a society of consumers.
Well a 1st world individual has any way there is a large majority of the population in the third world that lives purely off of take away and restaurant food and ready meals we can place orders for items which are delivered the following day every thing has become a connivence now there is not thing wrong with this but to much of anything is a bad thing no matter how good it is.
It also brought up thoughts from a TEDx talk that I watched last night
TEDxAsheville – Adam Baker – Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love.
where Adam talks about how shortly after the birth of his daughter he and his wife had a discussion about what they actually wanted from life. and that he eventually came to a realisation that he and his wife were in the early twenties and in around 18 thousand pounds worth of personal debt not including debts that they had such as college loans.
this also brings me to convince again we have accepted that it is fine to be in mass amounts of debt from a young age now don’t get me wrong there are different sorts of debt what Adam was focusing on here was Personal debt, we want the latest new flat screen TV we take out a loan new car lets finance it so on and so fourth we gauge how successful some one is by the size of there house how flashy there car and clothes are. so what do we do we collect crap we build up our collection of video’s, games books etc and when we have run out of space to fill our spare rooms with this crap we then g on to rent space to store our old crap so we can buy new crap.
So I think it was about time I sold off my crap pay of some of my debts and start enjoying life.