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Where in the world will you pay most for a cup of coffee?

July 06th, 2021

Espresso or Americano? Arabica or Robusta? With or without sugar? Regardless of how you drink it, coffee has become part of the routine for millions of people around the world, whether it’s enjoyed iced in Greece or with a cinnamon stick in Mexico.

But coffee prices can vary greatly from country to country, as a study from SavingSpot reveals. Using information from TripAdvisor, the research compares the price of a cup of Joe in various cities around the world, averaging the price of an espresso, a latte and a cappuccino in five local cafés.

It turns out that Seoul is the city where coffee is the most expensive. Count $7.77 (about P385) for a cup of the popular beverage. The South Korean capital is closely followed by Doha, where a cup of coffee costs $6.79 (about P335). Beirut and Kuwait are in third place with $5.71 (about P283).

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Luxembourg: A small country with a big thirst for coffee

While the price of a coffee is particularly high in some parts of the Middle East, it’s much more affordable in Iran. Coffee lovers will pay $0.46 (about P22) to sip their favorite drink in Tehran. For those visiting the Albanian capital, Tirana, coffee costs $1.21 (about P60), and in Bogotá, it comes in at $1.27 (about P63).

The study also looks at local coffee consumption habits, revealing that appetite for coffee is highest in Luxembourg. Although Luxembourgers have to spend an average of $3.90 (about P193) for a cup of java, that doesn’t stop them from drinking gallons of the stuff every year. In fact, citizens drink more than 11 kilos of coffee a year, according to SavingSpot estimates.

Similarly, people in Finland and the Netherlands consume some 8.2 kilos of coffee per year. This is more than twice the annual consumption in France (3.5 kilos). However, coffee isn’t nearly as popular in countries such as Kenya, Nicaragua and Zimbabwe, where consumption averages 0.1 kilos per capita per year. JB

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