Starbucks lovers, make your travel plans accordingly
Like many millennials out there, I'm really bad with money—especially when it comes to saving it. I know I need to make smarter choices with my paycheck, because that's what functioning adults do, but I hate being told that I can save money by giving up coffee. To tell me that I can save thousands of dollars, enough to maybe even someday buy a house of my own (which, like, ha), simply by cutting back on brunch or limiting my trips to the coffee shop is a hot load of sanctimonious garbage. I need caffeine, and I'm not broke because I go to Starbucks all the time. I'm broke because I'm an idiot with money. (I do have a piggy bank, though, so, you know, at least I'm trying.)
But that story might be a little bit different if I lived in western Europe, not New York City. The most expensive cup of Starbucks in the world is located in Bern, Switzerland, and if I was paying Swiss prices for my coffee everyday, I might actually be broker than I already am.
A cappuccino in Bern costs $6.06, while the same drink in New York City costs just $3.15. The cost of a cappuccino hovers around $5 in both Copenhagen, Denmark, and Oslo, Norway, while a Starbucks cappuccino in Stockholm, Sweden will run me a cool $4.54.
There are some cities where I'd be getting a better deal on my Starbucks coffee, though. If I moved a north to Ottawa, Canada, for example, I'd save seven cents on my drink; a cappuccino there costs $3.12 (and that's not to mention the savings I'd accrue from that complimentary government-sponsored healthcare). The cheapest Starbucks cappuccino can be found in Warsaw, Poland, costing just $2.85 for a tall.
This data was pulled by Couponbox.com, which curates online coupons to help folks save money on everyday purchases. The company conducted an informal survey of Starbucks stores in 22 cities around the world, by calling the retail locations and asking about the price of three popular drinks: a cappuccino, an americano, and a latte. And though the sample size is small—and admittedly Eurocentric, especially since Starbucks has 24,000 stores in 70 countries including South Africa, Peru, India, and Brazil—the results are striking, indicative of the huge variation in costs of living around the world.
You can check out the full infographic from Couponbox.com on their website, to see where your favorite city ranks. Millennials and Starbucks lovers, make your travel plans accordingly.