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The Aussies paying the most for a cup of coffee, and who’s paying the least

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With its notorious coffee culture, you could be forgiven for believing that Melbourne is the Australian city where coffee costs the most.

But you’d be wrong - Melbourne isn’t even close to being the most expensive.

Rather, that title goes to Darwin, where the average cost of a regular cappuccino is a staggering $4.86, new research from Finder has revealed.

This is nearly $1 more than in Sydney, where the same cup of coffee would set you back $3.95.

And, this is despite Darwin being one of the cheapest cities to live in in Australia, with only Hobart more affordable.

Perth is the next-most expensive, with an average cappuccino setting you back $4.63, followed by Hobart, where a coffee will cost around $4.58.

Melbourne is the second cheapest city for coffee, with a regular cappuccino costing an average $4.21.

In Adelaide, a coffee will cost $4.21, only slightly cheaper than in Brisbane, where it will cost $4.40.

What’s in a cup of coffee that makes it cost this much?

According to Queensland coffee machine retailer, Gilkatho, the price of a cup of coffee comes down to two things: the price of the beans being imported or harvested, and the costs of running a business.

So, that includes wages, insurance and rent.

The price of a coffee is also influenced by how much customers are willing to pay.

How you can save on coffee

For many Australians, drinking coffee is practically a religious experience - even if it will sit them back up to $1,773 a year - based on one regular coffee every day.

But there are ways to save.

Finder money specialist Sabine Leroy suggests coffee lovers shop around.

“In some places, you can pay $2 more for the same size coffee on the same block,” she said.

“If you prefer coffee from a certain place, make sure you make use of their loyalty card. Most will give you your tenth cup for free.”

And, she added, many cafes these days will offer up to $1 off if you bring in a reusable cup.

Right now, 7/11 is even offering free coffee to those who bring in a reusable cup.

“If you’re trying to cut back, try downsizing to a small, then try buying one every other day,” Leroy added.

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