Roasted coffee priced at $20 in 2002 $28.47 in 2018

Historical Price Inflation for Roasted coffee

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Prices for Roasted Coffee, 2002-2018 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for roasted coffee were 42.36% higher in 2018 versus 2002 (a $8.47 difference in value).

Between 2002 and 2018: Roasted coffee experienced an average inflation rate of 2.23% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, roasted coffee costing $20 in the year 2002 would cost $28.47 in 2018 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.11% during this same period, inflation for roasted coffee was higher.

Price Inflation for Roasted coffee since 2002

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2011 (16.35%), 2005 (13.06%), and 2008 (7%).

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

Year 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
CPI 142.783 145.883 146.475 165.608 169.200 179.683 192.260 191.115 192.521 223.999 227.629 212.549 207.985 214.473 208.134 207.878 203.262

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Buying power of $20 since 2002

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Roasted coffee, over time, for $20 beginning in 2002. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2002 $20.00 -
2003 $20.43 2.17%
2004 $20.52 0.41%
2005 $23.20 13.06%
2006 $23.70 2.17%
2007 $25.17 6.20%
2008 $26.93 7.00%
2009 $26.77 -0.60%
2010 $26.97 0.74%
2011 $31.38 16.35%
2012 $31.88 1.62%
2013 $29.77 -6.62%
2014 $29.13 -2.15%
2015 $30.04 3.12%
2016 $29.15 -2.96%
2017 $29.12 -0.12%
2018 $28.47 -2.22%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for roasted coffee, 2002-2018

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 2002 * 2002 USD value = 2018 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Roasted coffee was 142.783 in the year 2002 and 203.262 in 2018:

203.262 / 142.783 * $20 = $28.47

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2002 has the same "purchasing power" as $28.47 in 2018 (in the CPI category of Roasted coffee).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Roasted coffee in 2002. In addition to roasted 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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