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Starbucks Is Expensive in South Florida: Outrageous in Norway

Are you addicted to Starbucks? 

We are too -- so much so that we're seriously afraid to find out what horrible detox we'd go through if we didn't have our daily allowance of caffeine and sugar.

Recently looking at our bank statement, we were shocked to see all the Starbucks charges. At about four bucks a pop, that got us a little depressed at the fact that we probably spend about $1,000 a year at the coffee chain. 

Until, of course, we read the Wall Street Journal and thanked our lucky stars we didn't live in Norway...or Sweden...or Switzerland.

The Wall Street Journal researched the price of a grande latte in 26

cities around the world, converted all the prices into U.S. currency,

then listed them, by price.

The difference was astounding -- In

fact, the same cup of coffee ranged from $3.87 in Hong Kong to a

staggering $9.83 in Oslo. Sorry, but no one needs to get caffeinated

that badly.

Being the Wall Street Journal, they also used some

currency charts and graphs to better describe the practice -- known as

purchasing power parity. That basically means that in countries with a

strong currency (like Norway), a latte...or a sandwich...or a car would

cost more than in a country with a weaker currency (like India).


where does south Florida fit in? Although it wasn't included in the WSJ

study, a quick call to our local Starbucks confirmed that a grande

latte (no soy, no sugary flavors) was $4.23. That's on the low scale of the

spectrum. Which, according to the Journal's theory of purchasing power

parity, might not be great for the dollar, but it does make us feel better about

our Starbucks addiction...and that we never decided to move to Oslo.

Here are some Starbucks prices from the Wall Street Journal Chart (see the complete chart here):

Oslo - $9.83
Stockholm - $7.40
Moscow - $7.27
Zurich - $7.12
Athens - $5.84
Frankfurt - $5.53
Paris - $5.18
Beijing - $4.81
Madrid - $4.65
Tokyo - $4.49
New York - $4.30
South Florida - $4.23 *Added by New Times
Buenos Aires - $4.18
Istanbul - $3.92
Hong Kong - $3.87

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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