People love coffee, it’s very rare that I meet someone who does not enjoy a cup of joe. As a matter of fact I’m sitting here typing this while sipping on some of the cheap stuff purchased at the local grocery. Just go into any local coffee shop in the morning and it will be packed with customers, all waiting for their chance to pay $5 for a cup of black liquid gold. Have you ever really stopped to think about just how important storing coffee for bartering after SHTF will be? When you examine how important coffee is to modern commerce, take into account how many people drink or even depend on coffee to accomplish their daily routines, it immediately becomes apparent that socking away a few extra pounds (or more) of coffee for SHTF is the only prudent thing to do.
Take a look at some of these coffee stats.
- Coffee is the US’s largest food import and second most valuable commodity (oil is #1).
- US coffee drinkers consume on average 3.1 cups per day.
- There are more than 100 million US coffee drinkers.
- Retail coffee sales in 2011 in the US topped 4.52 Billion.
- At least 30 million Americans drink 5 cups a day or more.
- 3 out of every 4 consumers are addicted to caffeine.
This statement pretty much sums up all of those stats nicely and highlights why coffee will always remain relevant and in high demand.
“Consumers still see coffee as an integral part of their everyday lives,” said Robert Nelson, President and CEO of the National Coffee Association. “Even if economic conditions cause some to alter their coffee choices, they are nonetheless continuing to enjoy coffee at levels very much on par with recent years.”
So what have we established here, the fact that people love coffee? That’s nothing new I suppose but what you might not have realized is the true size and scope with respect to the overwhelming demand for coffee, a demand which will most certainly not diminish if a SHTF scenario plays out. People not only love coffee but 3 out of 4 drinkers need it to function throughout the day. For those of us who slept through economics that means that there is (and always will be) a demand for coffee. If you are capable of incorporating coffee into your storage plan that means you will be able to fill the coffee demand for those who are in need (read: barter).
Long term coffee storage can present a few challenges, especially if simply trying to keep cans of Folgers (ground, beans, instant) on the basement shelf. There are better solutions which can be explored, such as purchasing unroasted canned green coffee beans, these have a shelf life of over 20 years. San Marco Coffee offers a coffee pail with a 10 year storage life, again these beans require roasting.
I would encourage you to (at the very least) snag up a few containers of coffee and store them in the basement. Once the one year (example: Folgers singles) shelf life is over rotate through them and buy more. If you are able to swing it financially long term storage options like those listed above are an even better option. For some reason coffee is an often overlooked item which does not get much attention when preparing for SHTF, yet I would counter that it should absolutely should be part of one’s prep strategy. Coffee is easy to store, easy to find (for now) and will always be in demand. Taking that into consideration, what’s your plan for storing coffee?