Many people simply can't start their day without a cup of coffee. Some are satisfied with a cup from the local gas station whereas others seemingly will spare no expense on quality.

ThisWeek staffers answer the question: What’s the most you’ll pay for a pound of coffee?

Sarah Sole: I don't drink coffee. I know, I'm strange.

Lee Cochran: I think I've paid as much as $12.99. I'm not saying I'm a coffee snob, but coffee is the one item I will splurge on. Good coffee is the start of a good day.

Dennis Laycock: I buy it in smaller quantities. I usually try to find a $5.99 bag of fresh ground coffee.

Scott Hummel: If it's really good, I'll go as high as $14 for a pound of coffee arabica.

Andrew King: Zero dollars. I'm not into coffee.

Lisa Proctor: About $13.

Abby Armbruster: I tap out at $15 per pound. But, typically, my coffee costs around $9 per pound or less.

Nate Ellis: Probably about $15, which is about what it costs now to get stuff that wasn't picked by people who are being worked very hard and being paid very little. I don't like paying that much for coffee, but I try to go with the free trade stuff when I can. And when you think about it, a cup of coffee from a lot of places is almost $5, and it's pretty artificial at some of those popular, corporate shops.

Neil Thompson: Whatever Starbucks charges these days.