The team at SavingSpot created the World Coffee Index 2021, showing the cost and consumption of coffee across the globe. Picture: Pexels.
The team at SavingSpot created the World Coffee Index 2021, showing the cost and consumption of coffee across the globe. Picture: Pexels.

What travellers will pay for a cup of coffee across the world

By Clinton Moodley Time of article published Jul 1, 2021

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WHETHER you are in New York or South Africa, a cup of coffee is every travellers' go-to drink, whether it is to fuel up for the day's activities or a way to indulge in the country's coffee offerings.

The team at SavingSpot created the World Coffee Index 2021, showing the cost and consumption of coffee across the globe.

The team used TripAdvisor to research five cafés in the capital city of each country. They then looked at the cost of espresso, a latte and a cappuccino to find the average price.

The research found that travellers to South Korea will pay the most for a cup of coffee, at $7.77 (R111) for the average cost of a cup. Coffee in Tehran, Iran cost the least, at $0.46 (R6.57) a cup.

Luxembourg is the world’s biggest coffee consumer, with 11.1kg consumed per capita in a year. Nepal, India and Pakistan were among the world’s biggest coffee abstainers.

Closer to home, travellers to Cape Town, South Africa, will pay an average of $2.28 (R32.57) a cup.

A cup in Botswana was the most expensive in Africa, costing $2.49 (R35.48) in Gaborone.

Namibia was the cheapest, at $1.89 (R26.92) a cup.

In Harare, Zimbabwe, the average cup cost $2.20 (R31.34), while Kampala in Uganda cost $2.27 (R32.33).

Ethiopia's national drink is coffee, and coffee drinking is a ritual for locals that can take up to an hour. However, the research didn't say how much a cup of coffee would cost in the country.

Read the full study here.

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