Australia sees vast differences in coffee prices across the board

21 APRIL: Quarterly results released by the Gilkatho Cappuccino Price Index TM indicate whilst coffee prices have remained fairly stable across the country over the past year there are vast differences in individual markets.

 Gilkatho Managing Director Wayne Fowler said whilst Perth has the dearest coffee it wasn’t surprising to see that Melbourne, with the second cheapest coffee at $3.43, has seen the most significant increase in coffee price.

 “Melbourne has a refined coffee culture and Melbournians are prepared to pay for a quality cup of coffee. The increase of almost 9% over the past four years shows that café owners are spending more time and money on the overall experience of drinking coffee,” Mr Fowler said.

 “This includes using premium milk, boutique coffee providers, and café atmosphere. The relative low increase but consistently high price of coffee in Perth, on the other hand, can be seen as a direct result of the active export and tourism markets, which helps justify higher prices.”

 The results released for the first quarter of 2014 have shown that whilst Perth maintains the top position as the most expensive location to buy a coffee the price has stabalised. Coffee prices in Sydney have seen a steady increase and whilst the average price is still the cheapest this price is catching up with the rest of Australia.  

 “It is particularly interesting to see that whilst Sydney has one of the highest costs of living in the world it also has the cheapest coffee in Australia, averaging out at $3.34 per cup. This can be seen as a result of the high density, highly competitive, coffee market within the Sydney CBD”, Mr Fowler said.


  • ™The Cappuccino Price Index (CPI) has been around since 2003 and is a research done by Gilkatho Pty Ltd, a company which contributes to the productivity of Australian offices.

  • ™The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Consumer Price Index sought access to the Gilkatho Cappuccino Price Index recently to correlate with its own data. 

  • The CPI surveys more than 1100 coffee venues in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Perth, Hobart, Canberra, Adelaide and Canberra.

  • Gilkatho aggregates these figures to understand how the selling price of a cup of coffee is changing over time.

  • According to international figures Australians will consume 2.7kg per person this year. 

  • The Cappuccino Price Index encapsulates all of the factors affecting the market, including international coffee prices, rising shop rents, labour costs and consumer spending habits.

  • Apart from the cost of coffee beans, directs costs to cafés include rents, milk, staff wages and furniture/fittings. Other costs also include GST, takeaway cups and lids, milk, sugar and stirrers.

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Wayne Fowler, Gilkatho 

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