Instant coffee priced at $20 in 2000 $23.50 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Instant coffee

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Prices for Instant Coffee, 2000-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for instant coffee were 17.48% higher in 2018 versus 2000 (a $3.50 difference in value).

Between 2000 and 2018: Instant coffee experienced an average inflation rate of 0.90% per year. In other words, instant coffee costing $20 in the year 2000 would cost $23.50 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.12% during this same period, inflation for instant coffee was lower.

In the year 2000: Pricing changed by -0.13%, which is below the average yearly change for instant coffee during the 2000-2018 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 2000 (3.38%), inflation for instant coffee was much lower.

Price Inflation for Instant coffee since 1961

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1977 (51.17%), 1976 (27.65%), and 1986 (21.02%).

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

Year 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 29.014 28.292 28.762 33.438 29.885 28.638 28.315 28.792 30.208 33.838 35.300 35.131 37.215 44.662 50.415 64.354 97.285 102.385 98.038 106.477 95.477 97.292 99.262 103.469 107.285 129.838 120.546 117.723 118.369 117.885 117.077 114.615 113.962 134.531 152.623 147.538 153.754 154.190 160.367 160.154 162.831 163.854 164.454 166.131 176.208 178.908 189.145 204.694 200.884 199.038 211.388 214.372 207.707 205.218 203.545 197.301 197.304 188.144

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Buying power of $20 since 2000

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Instant coffee, over time, for $20 beginning in 2000. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2000 $20.00 -0.13%
2001 $20.33 1.67%
2002 $20.46 0.63%
2003 $20.54 0.37%
2004 $20.75 1.02%
2005 $22.00 6.07%
2006 $22.34 1.53%
2007 $23.62 5.72%
2008 $25.56 8.22%
2009 $25.09 -1.86%
2010 $24.86 -0.92%
2011 $26.40 6.20%
2012 $26.77 1.41%
2013 $25.94 -3.11%
2014 $25.63 -1.20%
2015 $25.42 -0.82%
2016 $24.64 -3.07%
2017 $24.64 0.00%
2018 $23.50 -4.64%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for instant coffee, 2000-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2000 * 2000 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Instant coffee was 160.154 in the year 2000 and 188.144 in 2018:

188.144 / 160.154 * $20 = $23.50

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2000 has the same "purchasing power" as $23.50 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Instant coffee).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Instant coffee in 1961. In addition to instant 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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