Coffee priced at $2.83 in 1986 $4.83 in 2022

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Prices for Coffee, 1986-2022 ($2.83)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for coffee are 70.75% higher in 2022 versus 1986 (a $2 difference in value).

The current national average price is $2.83 for "Coffee, 100%, ground roast, 13.1-20 oz. can, per lb. (453.6 gm)". This data is collected by a national survey and can vary from region to region.

Between 1986 and 2022: Coffee experienced an average inflation rate of 1.50% per year. In other words, coffee costing $2.83 in the year 1986 would cost $4.83 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.76% during this same period, inflation for coffee was lower.

In the year 1986: Pricing changed by 25.82%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for coffee during the 1986-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1986 (1.90%), inflation for coffee was much higher.

Price Inflation for Coffee since 1967

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1977 (77.12%), 1976 (37.42%), and 1994 (27.92%).

Price history

The average price for Coffee is calculated from a weighted average of retailer data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Inflation rate is also calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The table below shows average prices and their corresponding "real" prices adjusted for inflation rate. To understand how price levels differ from inflation rates, see this article published by the BLS.

Average prices for Coffee, 100%, ground roast, 13.1-20 oz. can, per lb. (453.6 gm):

YearAverage price (Coffee)Inflation adjusted price (2022 dollars)
1988$2.82$2.82
1987$2.93$2.90
1986$3.45$2.99
1985$2.67$2.91
1984$2.64$2.95
1983$2.53$2.94
1982$2.57$3.00
1981$2.51$3.00
1980$3.11$3.20

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Buying power of $2.83 since 1986

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Coffee, over time, for $2.83 beginning in 1986. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1986$2.8325.82%
1987$2.48-12.45%
1988$2.45-1.05%
1989$2.574.74%
1990$2.51-2.43%
1991$2.46-1.90%
1992$2.36-3.92%
1993$2.34-0.87%
1994$3.0027.92%
1995$3.4816.16%
1996$3.18-8.56%
1997$3.5812.64%
1998$3.49-2.73%
1999$3.30-5.31%
2000$3.28-0.49%
2001$3.13-4.72%
2002$3.04-2.83%
2003$3.091.65%
2004$3.100.27%
2005$3.4410.94%
2006$3.522.51%
2007$3.756.27%
2008$4.017.05%
2009$3.97-0.91%
2010$3.980.05%
2011$4.5614.70%
2012$4.641.69%
2013$4.37-5.85%
2014$4.29-1.82%
2015$4.382.27%
2016$4.25-3.03%
2017$4.25-0.08%
2018$4.16-2.15%
2019$4.12-0.84%
2020$4.140.49%
2021$4.252.62%
2022$4.8313.71%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Coffee:

Year19671968196919701971197219731974197519761977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI26.62326.48526.85431.71532.62332.10035.71542.55446.39263.754112.923107.200101.815111.60896.18598.50098.815102.708105.462132.692116.177114.962120.408117.485115.254110.738109.777140.431163.131149.162168.015163.431154.754153.992146.731142.585144.931145.323161.223165.277175.647188.027186.317186.418213.824217.441204.712200.984205.540199.307199.156194.876193.237194.177199.263226.572

Adjust coffee prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1986 * 1986 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Coffee was 132.692 in the year 1986 and 226.572 in 2022:

226.572 / 132.692 * $2.83 = $4.83

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $2.83 in 1986 has the same "purchasing power" as $4.83 in 2022 (in the CPI category of Coffee).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Coffee in 1967. In addition to coffee, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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