Special Report

The Price of a Cup of Coffee Around the World


To determine the cost of a cappuccino in the world’s largest countries, 24/7 Wall St. first identified the 50 largest countries based on total population with data from the International Monetary Fund. The dollar price of a regular cappuccino was taken from Numbeo, a database of user-contributed information about countries. Of the 50 largest countries, we only included the 36 for which coffee consumption data is available.

For the number of daily cups of coffee per every person of working age, specified by the IMF as 15 and over, we assumed one 6 fl. oz. cup contains two tablespoons, or 10.6 grams of coffee, which is the standard. We reviewed historical data on global coffee trade provided by the International Coffee Organization.

The European Union was listed as one collective unit in the ICO data. To get an estimate of how many cups of coffee every adult in each EU country drinks, we took the total amount of coffee consumed in the EU and divided it by the number of countries in the EU. The average was then divided per the number of population of the specific EU countries on the list. We divided the total consumption data by the number of working-age people and the amount of coffee in a cup.

Gross domestic product per capita also came from the IMF.

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