Where Can You Find the Most Expensive Cup of Coffee in the World?

Travel Blog  •  Eva Holland  •  08.04.08 | 10:51 AM ET

imageAnd the winner is ... Moscow, where the average cup apparently costs $10.19. Forbes brings us the full list, but I have to wonder about the methodology behind the survey. Are we talking cups of joe, or are we talking venti caramel mocha frappuccinos? It was the New York City listing that got me doubting: it landed in the middle of the pack, with the average cup costing $3.75—but when was the last time you paid nearly $4 for a regular coffee from a New York City deli?

There’s no denying that tourists regularly pay outrageous prices for their caffeine fix. My priciest latte of all time cost 8 euros, in a beautiful old cafe on Venice’s St. Mark’s Square. Of course, I knew perfectly well that I could get a coffee for a quarter of the price just a couple of blocks away. I was paying for the setting and the experience as much as anything—two factors that this kind of survey can’t account for.

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Eva Holland is co-editor of World Hum. She is a former associate editor at Up Here and Up Here Business magazines, and a contributor to Vela. She's based in Canada's Yukon territory.

1 Comment for Where Can You Find the Most Expensive Cup of Coffee in the World?

Ling 08.04.08 | 12:31 PM ET

I used to work at a cafe where we had a seperate price for tourists and a cheaper one for residents. Couple of times tourists cottoned on, and they vowed never to come again. Which was no big loss since they weren’t likely to come anyway…

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