KUWAIT CITY, July 25: A study published by SavingSpot website revealed that Kuwait is one of the top 10 countries where a cup of coffee is expensive – an average price of KD 1.72 (USD 5.71), reports Al-Rai daily. Although the price of a cup of coffee is expensive in Kuwait, the average per capita consumption of coffee in the country is 3.1 kilograms annually. The study found that five countries in the Middle East – Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia – are among the 10 most expensive places in the world to drink coffee; contrary to Turkey and Iran – two neighboring countries with the cheapest coffee prices in the world.
According to the study, coffee prices are also expensive in East Asian countries. For example, a cup of coffee in Tokyo costs about USD 5.29. Although tea is the main and traditional drink throughout Asia, the growth of coffee shop culture, particularly in the Middle East, has led to an increased demand for coffee across the region.
One of the most important results of the study is that in South Korea; the average price of a cup of coffee is USD 7.77, while in Tehran, the cheapest is USD 0.46. Also, the study found that Luxembourg is the largest consumer of coffee in the world with 11.1 kilograms per person per year. Nepal, India and Pakistan are among the countries that abstain from coffee with each country drinking less than 0.1 kilogram per person per year. The study is based on data from Statista website, in which researchers measure the number of kilograms of coffee each person consumes in a year around the world.