Grab a Cappuccino for Less: UK and Worldwide Price Guide

Study highlights hugely varying cost and calories of cappuccino at UK’s most popular coffee shops

An in-depth study into the price and calorie content of a cup of cappuccino at the UK’s most popular chains of coffee shop has highlighted the huge variations in different stores, with Muffin Break (£2.63) and Starbucks (£2.60) revealed as the most expensive and Greggs registering as the cheapest (£1.73). Muffin Break’s cappuccinos are also the most calorie laden of the country’s biggest brand coffee shops, with a cup of the drink containing 216 calories.

Meanwhile, when it comes to average prices for a medium (regular/12oz. where available) cappuccino in the ten most visited cities around the world, London comes out a surprising seventh overall, with a £2.57 average cost, whilst cities such as Dubai (£2.94), Hong Kong (£2.94) and Paris (£2.84) are far more expensive for caffeine addicts. The research was carried out by voucher code website Voucherbox.co.uk in preparation for National Cappuccino Day, celebrated in the U.S. on 8th November.

For those drinking a cappuccino in the UK the cheapest place to buy amongst ten of the most popular outlets is Greggs, where the cost of a medium cappuccino is £1.73, compared with the £2.63 price at Muffin Break, making the latter choice 52% more expensive.

UK Cappuccino Costs and Calories

Outlet

Cost

Calories

Muffin Break

£2.63

216

Starbucks

£2.60

70

Coffee Republic

£2.48

94

Costa Coffee

£2.45

63

Caffe Nero

£2.35

27

AMT

£2.20

58

Pret A Manger

£2.15

92

Wild Bean Cafe

£1.93

83

McDonalds

£1.89

94

Greggs

£1.73

121

 

Whilst Greggs cappuccino retailed at the cheapest cost, it clocked in with the second highest number of calories (121), beaten only by Muffin Break’s 216. A cappuccino from Caffé Nero, meanwhile, retailed at a mid-range cost, and contained the lowest amount of calories (27), with over four times less than the Greggs’ serving and eight times less than Muffin Break’s.

Cost of Cappuccino ranked by global city:

 

Cost

Dubai

£2.94

Hong Kong

£2.94

Paris

£2.84

Seoul

£2.77

Singapore

£2.69

New York

£2.67

London

£2.57

Bangkok

£1.75

Kuala Lumpur

£1.73

Istanbul

£1.62

 

The research also uncovered that a cappuccino costs almost double in Dubai and Hong Kong than the price of the same drink in the Turkish capital of Istanbul. London is seventh in the international league table, with the prices based on the average prices of a medium cup of cappuccino at McDonald’s, Starbucks and as listed on the Numbeo.com website in each city.

Highlighting the differences in cost internationally, the largest cappuccino in Starbucks, Istanbul (8.75 TL/£1.95 approx.), costs less than the smallest cappuccino in Starbucks, London (£2.25 approx.).

Shane Forster, UK Country Manager of Voucherbox.co.uk, commented: “In recent years, the coffee industry has boomed in the UK, with 30% of Brits visiting a coffee shop at least once a week during their leisure time. That doesn’t include the number who may pop into an outlet at least once a day to get their caffeine fix. With this much money spent, we feel it’s important for consumers to know where they can get the best deals for their wallet, as well as their health. The large differences in calories was perhaps more surprising than the differences in price in the UK, though the variations in the cost of a cappuccino across the world was also insightful. It seems the cost of coffee may be an effective barometer for travellers looking to workout how much to budget whilst away, at least when it comes to food and refreshments.” You can save even more money with our Starbucks vouchers.

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Verything Voucherbox Cappuccino costs coffee comparison

You can see a blog post related to this research on the Voucherbox blog, Verything, here.