When you think of expensive cities for food and drink, you probably think of places like New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. And while it’s certainly true that these major cities in the US are all quite pricey coffee spots, it turns out that the most expensive city to buy coffee isn’t even in the continental United States.
New data from WalletHub shows that Honolulu, Hawaii has the highest average price for a carton of coffee at $8.69. This makes sense since many island groceries are imported from other places and travel a long way before hitting the shelves. Example: Honolulu’s coffee is transported from one of the islands to the island three important coffee regions—Central and South America, Africa and the Middle East, and Southeast Asia—and this is costing retailers a lot of money.
Interestingly enough, there is actually a coffee brand that is one of the few commercially grown coffee brands in the United States that is grown in Hawaii. It is called Kona and because of the cost of the labor involved, production, it is also one of the more expensive brands out there. So in the end it doesn’t help much if the coffee is grown on the island itself when it comes to average cost and no matter where the beans come from, the beans will be expensive.
Some of the other cities that rounded out the top five most expensive for a cup of joe include Columbus, Ohio, Freemont, California, Oakland, California, and San Francisco.
WalletHub also determined the cheapest city to buy coffee, which is Kansas City, Mo. With an average price for a pack of coffee of $3.44, this city’s coffee is about 2.5 times lower in price than Honolulu’s.
So it sounds like if you’re someone who drinks a cup of coffee a day (or two or three), you could save a ton of money living in Kansas City over Honolulu, though you might be sacrificing breathtaking ocean views just to look while you sip.
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