For the last few years, I've been buying a can or a vacuum-pack Key coffee from the Keikyu Department Store. In Japan, lower floors of all the major department stores sell food. The two packages are different, but contain the same coffee. For packages, I prefer vacuum-pack over can. But I have a problem.
I can't make up my mind on which to buy.
A can is 649 yen for 400 grams, and
a vacuum-pack is 549 yen for 250 grams.
Yes, the beautiful purplish blue can with golden letters is cheaper than the plain looking vacuum-pack.
I said I prefer the vacuum-pack, but when I go grocery shopping, my heart moves toward the can. The can is prettier and more for money than the vacuum-pack. My brain tells me to buy the vacuum-pack. But my heart says no. What would you do if you were in my situation? This issue has kept coming up in my current life, and last week, my brain lost to my heart again, and I bought another can of the same coffee. I'm getting weak. Now I have many cans in the kitchen cabinet of my tiny apartment. The trash day for cans is only once a month. If I call a private trash collector, they charge me a lot.
In the past, I asked a few store clerks of the market about the difference in price. They all carefully checked and rechecked the prices and told me, "I don't know." One time, a female clerk called the manager for me. The manager came, checked the coffee shelves, compared the prices, and said, "I don't know."
Yesterday, I went to take photos in the market, but the spot for the cans was empty. They were sold out! I bet many people had a similar dilemma as I did. I imagined many cans were filling up people's cabinets and piling up in trash.
Next time I need more coffee, I will definitely buy a vacuum pack. That is what I end up saying to myself every time. I prefer organic, but my brain hasn't told me to buy it yet. They are double in price.