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Mapped: The Price of Starbucks Coffee, by Country

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A map of the world with the price of a Starbucks Tall Latte listed against each country.

Mapped: The Price of Starbucks by Country

In 1971, three former students from the University of San Francisco set up the first Starbucks at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, selling fresh roasted coffee beans, teas, and spices from around the world. This was a relatively humble beginning for what is now the largest coffeehouse chain in the world.

Today, Starbucks boasts 32,000 stores across 80 countries, second only to McDonald’s in the fast-food chain business. And like McDonald’s, the price of a coffee at Starbucks varies wildly depending on the country you’re in.

This map made by SavingSpot has the answer to which country has the most and least expensive Starbucks coffee, for those connoisseurs who want to get the most bang for their (Star)buck—or for those who want to examine relative cost and purchasing power.

Which Country Has the Most Expensive Starbucks Coffee?

The underlying data for this map uses a combination of sources, including delivery apps, Google Reviews, menu images, and desk research, all cross-checked to come up with the price of a Tall Latte per country (converted to USD).

Per their findings, the most expensive Tall Latte (12 oz) in the world can be found in Switzerland for $7.17. On the other hand, the same drink can be bought for a little over a dollar in Türkiye.

Here’s the full rankings of the “Tall Latte Index”:

CountryTall Latte Price
Türkiye$1.31
Brazil$1.96
Aruba$2.22
Egypt$2.23
Peru$2.49
Colombia$2.50
South Africa$2.64
Bulgaria$2.69
Morocco$2.81
Italy$2.84
Russia$2.91
Cyprus$2.97
Malaysia$3.04
Indonesia$3.08
Bolivia$3.19
Guatemala$3.23
Cambodia$3.25
Philippines$3.26
United States$3.26
Andorra$3.28
Romania$3.29
Hungary$3.34
New Zealand$3.34
Trinidad and Tobago$3.39
Azerbaijan$3.41
Vietnam$3.42
Austria$3.48
Belgium$3.52
Jordan$3.53
India$3.56
Poland$3.56
Japan$3.57
Portugal$3.59
Thailand$3.64
Bahamas$3.75
Slovakia$3.80
Jamaica$3.84
Canada$3.85
Greece$3.92
Czech Republic$3.93
Spain$3.95
Australia$3.97
Puerto Rico$4.05
Oman$4.09
South Korea$4.11
Qatar$4.12
Costa Rica$4.22
China$4.23
Bahrain$4.24
El Salvador$4.25
Saudi Arabia$4.27 (Iced Caffè Latte)
UAE-Dubai$4.29
Kuwait$4.30
Ireland$4.39
Uruguay$4.42
Netherlands$4.44
Germany$4.49
Argentina$4.67
Panama$4.70
Monaco$4.80
Sweden$4.83
Taiwan$4.86
Singapore$4.90
Chile$4.95
Norway$5.08
United Kingdom$5.31
France$5.36
Luxembourg$5.51
Hong Kong/Macau$5.52
Finland$5.67
Denmark$6.55
Switzerland$7.17

The U.S. has the 21st-least expensive coffee in the world at $3.26 for a Tall Latte, making it an unusual combination of a high-income country with a low price. Usually, it’s more common to see countries with a “developing” or “low-to-middle income” status have cheaper Starbucks prices than higher-income countries.

The Price of a Tall Latte Relative to Income

However, simply converting local prices to USD doesn’t give the most accurate picture of how expensive Starbucks is in a country. Taking purchasing power into consideration, here’s how the price of a Tall Latte measures as a percentage of a country’s median daily income.

A bar chart showing the how much of a percentage of the daily median income would go into buying a Starbucks Tall Latte in the 10 most and least expensive countries.

In Cambodia and India, it would take more than 70% of the median daily wage to buy a Starbucks coffee. Other countries with relatively cheaper Tall Lattes in U.S. dollar terms include Indonesia, Morocco, and Bolivia—but these are still not the most affordable for local customers.

For a more broad-based view of Starbucks affordability, SavingSpot has also charted the price of a Tall Latte against each country’s per capita GDP. Countries placing higher than the trendline get relatively bad value at Starbucks, while those below the line can get more lattes with their average local paycheck.

Switzerland, Denmark and Luxembourg all have expensive Tall Lattes, even relative to their high-earning populations.

But countries like Chile, Panama, and Argentina have the worst of both worlds. Not only do they have more expensive lattes than higher GDP per capita countries like Canada, the U.S., and Australia, they do so at a fraction of the income.

What’s the Most Expensive Starbucks Item?

Based on SavingSpot’s findings, the Iced Caramel Macchiato in Switzerland is the most expensive Starbucks menu item in the world, coming in at a whopping $9.31 for a coffee with vanilla-flavored syrup and a caramel drizzle.

A graphic showing the 10 most expensive items at Starbucks. The Iced Caramel Macchiato in Switzerland costs $9.31.

Denmark, Luxembourg, and France also have items well above the $7 USD price tag.

Whether those prices justify the quality of Starbucks coffee is a question best left up to the coffee aficionados, but for Starbucks, it’s a strategy that’s certainly helping the company’s earnings.

Still have questions about coffee? Check out From Bean to Brew which breaks down the complicated coffee supply chain.
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Mapped: The Income a Family Needs to Live Comfortably in Every U.S. State

Families in expensive states require over $270,000 annually to live comfortably.

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A map showing the income that two working adults with two children need to live comfortably in each U.S. state.

The Income a Family Needs to Live Comfortably in Every U.S. State

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Families in the top five most expensive U.S. states require an annual income exceeding $270,000 to live comfortably.

This visualization illustrates the income necessary for two working adults with two children to maintain a comfortable lifestyle in each state.

“Comfortable” is defined as the income needed to cover a 50/30/20 budget, with 50% allocated to necessities like housing and utilities, 30% to discretionary spending, and 20% to savings or investments.

The calculations for family income needed in each state were done by SmartAsset, using the cost of necessities sourced from the MIT Living Wage Calculator, last updated on Feb. 14, 2024.

Massachusetts Tops the List

Massachusetts is the most expensive state to live comfortably in, requiring a total family income of about $301,184. Hawaii ($294,611) comes in second, followed by Connecticut ($279,885).

Housing is one main reason Massachusetts is an expensive state to live in, particularly in the Boston area. In addition, the state also has a high cost of living, including expenses such as healthcare and utilities.

RankStateIncome for 2 working adults raising 2 children
1Massachusetts$301,184
2Hawaii$294,611
3Connecticut$279,885
4New York$278,970
5California$276,723
6Colorado$264,992
7Washington$257,421
8Oregon$257,338
9New Jersey$251,181
10Rhode Island$249,267
11Vermont$248,352
12Minnesota$244,774
13New Hampshire$244,109
14Alaska$242,611
15Maryland$239,450
16Nevada$237,286
17Virginia$235,206
18Illinois$231,962
19Arizona$230,630
20Pennsylvania$230,464
21Maine$229,549
22Delaware$228,966
23Wisconsin$225,056
24Utah$218,483
25Michigan$214,490
26Nebraska$213,075
27Georgia$212,826
28Montana$211,411
28Iowa$211,411
30Idaho$211,245
31North Carolina$209,331
31Ohio$209,331
33Florida$209,082
34Indiana$206,003
35New Mexico$203,923
36Wyoming$203,424
37Missouri$202,259
38North Dakota$202,176
39Texas$201,344
40South Carolina$200,762
41Kansas$196,768
42Tennessee$195,770
43Oklahoma$194,106
44Alabama$193,606
45South Dakota$192,608
46Kentucky$190,112
47Louisiana$189,613
48West Virginia$189,363
49Arkansas$180,794
50Mississippi$177,798

Meanwhile, Mississippi is the least expensive state for a family to live comfortably, requiring $177,798 per year. Arkansas ($180,794) comes in second, followed by West Virginia ($189,363). In common, all these states share low prices of housing.

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