We've all heard the saying, "There's a Starbucks on every corner," and that doesn't only refer to the streets of America—Starbucks has spread its reach all over the world. But just because all of the Starbucks stores feature the same sizes and menu items doesn't mean they have the same prices. The cost of a Starbucks coffee varies not only among the sizes and different drinks on the Starbucks menu but also with the country in which you're grabbing that frappuccino. As a pioneer in cafe consumerism in America and abroad, Starbucks Coffee company is commonly known as one of the world's more expensive coffee chains. But where can you find the least expensive cup of joe? And where might you feel ripped off?
Lowest Starbucks Prices
Considering the Starbucks culture in this country, it is a good thing America is one of the cheapest places across the globe to buy a latte. The average price of a Starbucks drink in the U.S. is $2.75, but New York City is the most expensive location coming in at $3.15 for a tall cappuccino. And if you go for a decadent seasonal beverage with all the bells and whistles it can run you over $5.00.
Across the pond, you will find relatively similar prices to here in the US. The average cost of a Starbuck's beverage in the UK is $2.88. A vente mocha will run you $4.59. Other countries with similar prices are Australia and Canada.
Higher Starbucks Prices
If you are traveling to Germany, Norway, Belgium, or Sweden expect to shell out a few more bucks for your favorite Starbucks brew. Berlin comes in at the top, with a cappuccino costing a little over $6. The same drink in Oslo, Norway, will cost you almost $5 with Brussels and Stockholm coming in a bit below that. Paris can boast they have the lowest price in Europe for a tall cappuccino at $4.41.
Outrageous Starbucks Prices
The two countries that hold the title of ridiculously overpriced Starbucks coffee are China and Russia. A tall cappuccino in China costs over $7 while in Russia you will have to fork over $12.30! Financial analysts attribute these exorbitant prices to the fact that in these countries Starbucks is positioning itself as a luxury brand, designing elaborate, high-end coffee houses, tapping into the culture of how Starbucks represents American affluence. Whereas in the US Starbucks customers range from corporate executives to teenagers, in these countries the coffee chain is seen as exotic, and a sign of elevated status.