Sunday, November 19, 2017

How Much is a Cup of Coffee in Japan?

I recently read a post on SoraNews24 about how much coffee is at various coffee spots in Japan.  Here's the list from most to least expensive.


Renoir(ルノアール)580 yen
Ko:Hi:Kan (珈琲館) 510 yen
Hoshino Coffee (星乃珈琲) 410 yen
Komeda Coffee (コメダ珈琲) 420 yen
Ueshima Coffee House (上島喫茶) 360 yen
Tully’s Coffee(タリーズ)310 yen
Starbucks(スターバックス)302 yen
Excelsior (エクセルシオール) 300 yen
Mister Donut (ミスタードーナツ)270 yen
Café de Crié(カフェドクリエ)260 yen
Pronto (プロント) 240 yen
Beck’s Coffee(ベックスコーヒー)230 yen
Doutor(ドトール)220 yen
St Marc (サンマルク) 216 yen
Veloce (カフェ・ベローチェ) 190 yen

I think getting a cup of coffee is expensive in Japan.  I sometimes get a cup at Mister Donut because they give you a refill at no extra charge. I have on occassion bought a cup of coffee at Starbuck's or Tully's when I am traveling. I once ate at Cafe de Crie in Sapporo, but I didn't get coffee. The others I don't know.  A few times I have purchased a 100 yen cup of coffee at the Lawson's convenience store that was pretty good. Usually I just drink my coffee at home and drink water when I am out. 

What about you? How much is too much for a cup of coffee?  If you drink coffee out, what coffee shop do you prefer?  If you don't drink coffee, what do you drink when you go out?  Inquiring minds want to know.  

PS  I like my coffee with milk, no sugar.


Anonymous said...

Hi Pamela ,gee there is a big difference in price,i dont drink coffee,but like you i usually drink water xx

Jen L said...

My Japanese spouse was rather interest in this list : ) . It's been a few years since I was in Japan, but at the time I was addicted to Tully's coffee, either cafe latte or cappuccino. It was a bit more than regular coffee, but about on par with Starbuck's in the US. I can't remember the prices exactly, but the latte was probably about US$3-4 then, but the exchange rate was good at the time. BTW, Tully's is based in Northern California, I believe, but the coffee in Japan is independent (and better, IMO). So many changing choices in the conbini too. I like dark roast, strong, with cream and just a little sugar or no sugar, depending. Thanks for sharing the list, we enjoyed reviewing it!

Vireya said...

In the last week I have bought 2 coffees, at different venues in two different towns, and was surprised when both were $4 AUD (339 Yen according to The price seems to have jumped up from $3.50 just recently. Or maybe I'm out of touch!

MargaretP said...

Veloce in Kyoto does good coffee and staff are lovely.

rosey175 said...

I an alien who doesn't drink coffee. I can't handle anything remotely bitter at all. We have a tiny coffee pot for our house and I keep a small amount of preground stuff in the freezer for the occasional guest (Mom). When I go out to eat, I usually have sweet iced tea or Dr Pepper depending on the meal. I don't like to get water because it always tastes so chlorinated even with a lemon squeezed in it. If I'm just going out shopping, I carry a bottle with our water with me to sip on.

NADINE said...

Aaaah, interesting question...
Although we're living in "Financial Europe", where prices should be levelled, at least for common consuming products... this is not the case (far from it!). Here are some examples :

- Here in Belgium, we usually pay 2,5 Euros (330 JPY) for a cup of coffee
- When we lived in Spain we paid 1,5 Euros (132 JPY)
- In France it can go up to 3,6 Euros (528 JPY), depending on the place
(although we're doing our main grocery shopping in France, where taxes on food are much lower, as in Belgium. As we're lucky enough to live 15Km from the French frontier, it's much more interesting for us (we can save up to 50% on daily products!)

Back to coffee :
I drink lots of coffee, and so does my husband, especially at home. I like it black for breakfast, and sometimes with some milk in the afternoon/evening.

For home, we buy Italian coffee, grinded, and we pay 4.5 Euros (594 JPY) for one Kg (In France)
For information : 1 Kg grinded coffee will last 6 weeks at home (with a daily 1.5 Liter consumption), which is the reason why we rarely drink coffee outside ( 2.5 Euros grinded coffee would last me 3 weeks at home!) so we often drink water (many of us even carry their own small bottle of water in their bag, instead of entering a bar).
We don't have special coffee houses in Belgium (first time I went to a Starbucks café was when I visited my friend in Cyprus!).
Coffee here is served in bars, or shopping centers galleries, where they also serve all sorts of teas, sodas, beers, wines, liqueurs,... Unfortunately, I never saw ANY refill in Belgium .

How much is too much ?? Hmmm what I can tell you is that almost everything is often becoming too expensive in Belgium, prices are rising, whilst salaries are blocked, and many among us are returning to a frugal way of living (even the younger ones), going back to cooking from scratch, tending a veggies garden. Living simply, decluttering, "down to earth", are becoming key words, and I think it's a good thing...

Some finance people will tell you this is due to "the crisis" "the depression", but let me tell you we're married for 45 years, and it was already "the crisis" at that time !

(sorry for this long comment, hope I didn't go too much out of subject :D )

Janie said...

Hi Pamela.
My favorite coffee is Pike Place, a medium roast, by Starbucks.
I usually make up a cup at home.
If I buy out at Starbucks, a Pike Place tall is about $3.00. I drink it with half and half.
Coffee culture is fascinating isn't it?

Mia said...

Hi Pamela. I love greek coffee and capuccino. In Greece, greek coffee costs about 2 euros and the capuccino about 4 euros. Kisses, my friend.

Lin said...

I like coffee and I like to taste the coffee so can't stand weak milky versions. We get reasonable coffee here in France, price varies (as per your Belgian correspondant) and can be anything from 2.50 euros to 4 euros depending on the establishment and location. Coast is usually more expensive but does not always follow. We don't buy a lot of coffee out though as we think it expensive. However, we spend a month in Spain every year and as soon as you cross the border the coffee becomes half the price and twice as nice! They must use a different bean roast there I think. So we stop for coffee quite often. Coffee in Britain is usually pretty yuk - I go for hot chocolate! xx

Queeniepatch said...

If you get a small regular coffee at Mcdonalds you pay 100¥. If you have coffee in an exclusive hotel lounge or smart café you can pay ten times more, 1000¥.
In Tokyo you can always find the cheapest of cheap and the dearest of dear.

diamondc said...

Hi Pamela:
I spend about five dollars at Starbucks each week it’s my only treat to myself, when shopping.


Murphy said...

I'm in Connecticut, USA and it's hard to answer this because to me a "cup of coffee" is drip coffee black or w/ cream/sugar--I don't think that should be expensive, my family usually prefers to get it from McDonalds because it's usually $1. But then there's lattes, cappuccinos, frozen coffees, etc--all those "fancy" drinks you get at Starbucks, they usually run about $5 and I don't see a problem with that, they're huge and require more effort to make. But charging $5 for a regular cup of drip coffee would be highway robbery.

Have a great week Pamela! Are you going to have any turkey?

Leonore Winterer said...

I usually only get coffee at out break room at work, which is 0,50€ für the Latte Macciato I usually get. Occasonally I'll get a 'fancy' coffee at Star Bucks or something, but that is so rare I don't really know how much it is.