This is the most expensive Starbucks in the world

Any Starbucks addict will admit buying coffee there isn’t exactly a cheap stop. If you thought your seasonal drink addiction was putting a dent in your wallet, though, you’ll cringe to see the prices at other locations around the world.

The Wall Street Journalconverted the Starbucks prices in various cities around the world to U.S. dollars, and the differences were staggering. A tall (aka “small”—find out why Starbucks has its own names for its drink sizes) latte in New York costs $3.45, which is already higher than the $2.95 national average. In London, on the other hand, you’d pay just $2.84, and you’ll get the cheapest drink possible with a $1.53 Starbucks latte in Cairo. (Learn what the healthiest drink on any Starbucks menu is.)

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9. Vanilla scone (120 calories, 8 grams of sugar) 
8. Chocolate cake-pop (140 calories) 
7. Fruit salad (90 calories) 
6. Hearty veggie and brown rice salad bowl (430 calories, healthy fat and protein) 
5. Nonfat latte (100 calories in a grande, 10 grams of protein) 
4. Skinny cappuccino (61 calories in a tall) 
3. Egg white, spinach and feta wrap (19 g of protein, 10 g of fat, 33 carbs) 
2. Reduced fat turkey bacon and egg white sandwich, (16 g of protein, 230 calories) 
1. Whole grain oatmeal (160 calories without the toppings) 
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On the other end of the spectrum, don’t head to a Starbucks in Switzerland if you’re looking to save money. Topping the list as the most expensive Starbucks, a latte in Zurich will cost $5.76—way more than you’d be shelling out at your local U.S. Starbucks. (Find out where you’ll find the most expensive McDonald’s in the world.)

Of course, a dollar will go further in some countries than in others. Personal finance research firm ValuePenguin looked at Starbucks prices around the world. Analysts converted the cost of a tall latte into U.S. dollars, then adjusted that number to match the relative cost of other goods in the country to account for the usual purchasing power.

Relatively speaking, Americans actually can get the cheapest Starbucks in the world—just $2.75 for a tall latte in January 2016 (though up to $2.95 by the end of 2017). Australians’ Starbucks lattes are worth $2.86, Brits’ are worth $2.88, and Canadians’ and New Zealanders’ are worth $3.06, according to ValuePenguin. Not a huge difference, but still something. (Here are 13 more things baristas won’t tell you.)

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1. Not saying what size

I get it, you’re at Starbucks because you need your daily fix of caffeine, and if you’re anything like me, you’re like a zombie before you get it. With that being said, though, more people than you would think don’t say what size drink they want — probably about a third of all customers don’t.

Even if you don’t know the Starbucks lingo, you can ask for a “large” and we’ll know what it means, but, please, don’t give us some really complicated order without saying what size so we can actually mark the cup as you say it. It just gets really repetitive having to ask customer after customer what size drink they want while trying to remember their orders.

2. Ordering while on your phone

Also with ordering, please have the courtesy to get off of your phone for two seconds to communicate your order. Not only is it incredibly rude to be on the phone or glued to your text when trying to order, but chances are we won’t be able to understand you and you won’t be paying attention to us if we ask you a question. So please, hang up with mom before getting in line.

3. Dumping coffee into the trash

When we ask you if you want room for cream in your coffee, it is so that there is space in the cup to put milk in if you wish. That’s not such a hard concept, is it? If not, then why do people ask for no room but then go over and dump half a cup of hot coffee into the trash to add milk? Please stop doing this. The trash bags are already disgusting when we get around to changing them, and dumping liquid in them just makes it worse.

4. "I wanted that iced."

We all make mistakes, but if I had a penny for every for every time I heard this one, I could afford all the Starbucks my heart desires. Unless you specify, all of our espresso beverages are made hot. I don’t care if it’s the middle of summer; you need to let us know if you want something iced. We’re happy to remake it for you but it messes up our flow and slows us down, and this could all be avoided by specifying when you order.

This also applies to, “I wanted that with soy,” or, “I didn’t want whip on that.” We are baristas, not psychics.

5. Saying "Frappé"

A “frappé” is a drink at McDonald’s. Starbucks does not have “frappés.” If you order a “frappé” instead of a Frappuccino, you will sound stupid and your barista will judge you, no questions asked.

6. "Is this mine?"

You just ordered a small hot drink one minute ago, so, no, this large iced drink is not yours. I don’t get this. You think that all of these people that have been waiting here longer than you are just standing around for fun? This venti Frappuccino with whipped cream is not your tall hot chai tea latte. We make drinks in order, so your order is not going to be ready right after you pay.

7. Being in a hurry

This one goes along with the last one. We make drinks in order, so we are not going to prioritize yours just because you are in a hurry. It’s extremely rude to ask the barista to make your drink first because you need to make it across campus in 5 minutes. It’s not our fault that you thought that would be enough time to order Starbucks and make it to your meeting.

8. Iced Caramel Macchiato

My last pet peeve is probably the one that bothers me the most. Macchiatos are not supposed to be iced. Macchiato in Italian means “marked,” meaning that your milk is marked with espresso, creating a strong coffee flavor at first that gradually fades into sweet milk. When you order it iced and drink it through a straw, this is already going to be backwards since you are starting at the bottom.

And to make things worse, a piece of me dies every time I watch someone stir their iced caramel macchiato after they get it, combining the layers. Or worse, order it “upside down”. That isn’t a caramel macchiato anymore. It’s an iced latte. If that’s what you want, order that, but why am I wasting my time making a macchiato if you’re just going to mess it up?

It’s clear that nobody actually knows what a caramel macchiato is and that they are just ordering it because it sounds cool, but please don’t. If you want to know what a drink is, ask your barista. We love to share our knowledge.

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When taking that into account, a Starbucks latte would be quite the luxury. For instance, you’d be paying a pretty penny in India ($7.99), Thailand ($8.04), Vietnam ($8.18), and Indonesia ($8.21).

Those don’t even compare to the world’s absolute most extravagant Starbucks, though. Stop for a latte in Russia and you’re looking to drop the equivalent of $12.32 on your morning pick-me-up. Yikes! We’ll skip the Starbucks stop in Russia and stick with tea like most Russians to get more bang from those bucks.

No matter what country you’re in, avoid this one coffee drink Starbucks employees say never to order.

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"These are SO amazing. They taste just like Starbucks'. Do not change a thing! And do not leave out the spice frosting!" -Kabwe Cook

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Starbucks Lemon Loaf

"I give this six stars! It looks beautiful and is just delicious. I work next to a Starbucks and this is 10 times better!" -Linda Saslove

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Starbucks Light Coffee Frappuccino

"Perfect proportions! This is a very nice coffee drink and such a bargain! I added just a bit of cocoa powder to make mine a mocha frappuccino." -Chef Kate

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"These wholesome bars are just like Starbucks' blueberry squares — if not better! My favorite things about this recipe are the oatmeal base and crumble topping." -lilsweetie 

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Starbucks Lemon-Tipped Biscotti

"These are absolutely wonderful! The dough was easy to work with and the biscotti turned out perfect." -Aaliyah's&Aaron'sMum

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Starbucks Hot Chocolate

"This is great hot chocolate! It's better than Starbucks' because I can make it at home. I love it! I used soy milk and Splenda and it was still delicious." -kittycatmom

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Cranberry Bliss Bars

"I love cranberries, and this very easy recipe is a nice way to use them. I tinted the frosting pink by thinning it with cranberry juice. Everything came out great. I know I'll make these again!" -Lynne the Pirate Queen

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Green Tea Latte

Enjoy a frothy pick-me-up with this energizing mix of Matcha green tea and soy milk! If you prefer, dairy works equally well.

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Starbucks Banana Walnut Bread

"This is my new favorite banana bread! It was sweet, dense and bananalicious! I don't even care how many calories are in each slice. It's worth it." - addicted2foodnetwork

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Starbucks Outrageous Oatmeal Cookies

"One word to sum it up: delicious! Good ol' Starbucks never fails. I just finished baking them 15 minutes ago and have already eaten three! Photos don't do these cookies justice — you have to try them for yourself." -KiwiMegan

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Coconut Mocha Frappuccino

"This is wonderful! I was looking for a good excuse to have it, and was happy when my neighbor came to visit. It was perfect! I'm printing and passing the recipe on to my neighbor right now upon her request." -Chef Mommie

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Starbucks Chewy Fruit & Nut Bars

"After spending loads on commercially made fruit and nut bars, I'll never buy them again! These are great for a boost of energy when you need it, and they're easy to vacuum seal for on-the-go." -scented08

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Starbucks Gingerbread Latte

"I love this recipe! So many gingerbread latte recipes use store-bought gingerbread syrup. I was glad to find one I could make with ingredients I already have." -MBMommy

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Starbucks Marble Pound Cake

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Starbucks Caramel Macchiato

"I am perhaps the biggest Caramel Macchiato lover in the world. I recently moved to a small town from the big city and was so missing Starbucks — because of this drink! I'm SO glad I found this recipe." -megs_

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