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Astana, Kazakhstan • 04 October, 2022 | 12:18
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How Long Do You Have to Work to Buy 1 Cup of Coffee in Kazakhstan?

Definitely longer than a coffee break

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As of September 2022, Kazakhs need to work for exactly 30 minutes to buy a cup of cappuccino, according to analysts at The team ranked 102 countries based on user-generated data from Numbeo.

Disclaimer calculated the work time based on the average cost of a regular-sized cappuccino in Kazakhstan, which was set at 757.4 tenge ($1.6). This number certainly raises more than a few eyebrows since most coffee spots in large cities, like Astana and Almaty, tend to charge nearly twice the amount.

‘Work-for-Coffee’ Index

Kazakhstan ranks 58th in the ascending list, where the top countries have the shortest work time for a cup of coffee. Residents of Andorra and Australia can earn a cup in just 8 minutes, or three in the time it takes Kazakhs to earn one.

Bottom three positions went to Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Nigeria. Coffee lovers have to work for 135 minutes for a cappuccino in Nigeria, 95 minutes in Indonesia, and 92 minutes in Sri Lanka.

Our next-door neighbors Russia and China aren’t far off in numbers with 29 and 34 minutes of work time needed to earn a cup. On the other hand, Uzbeks and the Kyrgyz have to work around twice the length - for 55 and 67 minutes, respectively - to get a coffee break.

The ranking takes into account the price of one cup as well. Denmark, Qatar, and Hong Kong are listed as the most expensive countries to get a cup with the cost going over $5. The most affordable prices for coffee drinkers are in Ukraine ($1.07), Tunisia ($0.70), and Algeria ($0.58).

Despite the threefold price difference, Kazakhs have to work just 1.3 times more (7-minute difference) than Algerians to buy a regular coffee drink.

Methodology and Data Sources

The cost per cup of coffee (cappuccino) in this study was taken from, where prices for various goods and services are collected by hundreds of thousands of users from around the world. The information on average wages was taken from the websites of government statistics bodies or relevant ministries and is up-to-date at the time of publication of the study. After-tax wages have been calculated using local wage calculators. Picodi divided the monthly salary by 21 (the average number of working days in a month), by 8 (the average number of working hours in a day) and by 60 (the number of minutes in 1 hour). In countries where statistical agencies use weekly rates, the amount of income was divided by 5. The average Google Finance rate for the period from September 1 to September 23, 2022 was used to convert currencies.

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