Average American worker spends $1,000 on coffee.

American’s weakness for coffee is proven once again in a new survey conducted by Accounting Principals .

In a telephone survey of 1,000 Americans who were currently employed, ages 18 or older, the participators were asked how much money they spend on “work-related” expenses.

Despite recent tough economic times, results showed that 50 percent of the American workforce regularly spent money on coffee. This totaled, on average, $1,000 a year on coffee alone.

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Now, this is a sort of odd thing for a conservative/libertarian type like me to even express an opinion on I supppose. I would snark on any liberal posting outrage over Americans spending $1,000 a year on fast food (I’m sure it’s a lot more than that).

But for some reason the coffee thing just gets under my skin. The majority of that $1,000 is no doubt spent at Starbucks. I’ve had Starbucks coffee, it sucks. They typically over-roast their beans and the end result is coffee that is more bitter than it should be. In every blind test taste I’ve seen, the average free coffee your company provides beats Starbucks coffee, as does McDonalds. Yet people insist on spending $2 for a cup of coffee.

I don’t think you could find a better analogy for this country’s financial mess than the fact that the average worker, who owes an average of something like $15,000 on credit card debt, spends $1,000 on bad coffee.