You've 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 prices went up 10 to 20 cents per drink in June 2018. 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 $3.25 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.
Starbucks prices are slightly higher in most English-speaking countries than in the U.S. The average cost of a Starbuck's beverage (a tall latte) in the U.K. is $2.88. A tall latte in Australia will cost just a dime more than in the U.S. Prices in Canada, New Zealand, and Ireland are also just a little higher.
Higher Starbucks Prices
If you are traveling to Switzerland, Germany, Norway, Belgium, or Sweden, expect to shell out a few more bucks for your favorite Starbucks brew. Berlin and Zurich come 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.
Prices are high in many parts of the Middle East and Northern Africa, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. A tall latte will set you back over $7 in Saudi Arabia, over $5.60 in the UAE, and over $7.50 in Egypt.
You will pay more for your cup in South America than in the U.S., with almost $5 per tall latte in Colombia and over $3.75 in Brazil.
Outrageous Starbucks Prices
Russia tops the list of ridiculously overprices Starbucks coffee. You will have to fork over $12.30 for a tall latte. Prices are also over $7 for the drink in Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and China. 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 U.S., Starbucks customers range from corporate executives to teenagers, in these countries the coffee chain is seen as exclusive and a sign of high status.