Buying a coffee on the way to work is a fixed part of the daily ritual for many of us. It turns out that you'll pay a lot more living in WA or Queensland than elsewhere.
Picture by May Wong
A survey of capital city coffee prices by coffee machine maker Gilkatho identifies Perth as the most expensive place to buy a takeaway cappuccino, with Sydney the cheapest. Prices have gone up 4.2 per cent since the same study was conducted last year; the national average price is $3.47. Here are the figures:
Whatever the price and the potential side-effects, it seems we're still keen on coffee; Australians spend $1 billion a year on it, according to research firm IBISWorld. That figure includes home coffee makers as well, which is one obvious way to cut your spending. According to Gilkatho, the constituent ingredients of a coffee don't cost more than 35 cents, so you're paying a lot for a skilled barista (or to live in Perth).