A List of Countries That Don’t Have Starbucks

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If aliens came to overtake our planet, they probably would think our planet’s name would be Starbucks. The global purveyor of crappy, over-roasted, calorie laden caffeine drinks has a foothold in 65 countries around the world.

As a person with an intense love of coffee, the obsession over Starbucks baffles me. If you love coffee and drink Starbucks, then you don’t love coffee. You have the taste of a regular coffee, which is somewhere between acidy, over-roasted tires and freshly smoked cigarette butts. Their cappuccino doesn’t even taste like a cappuccino. It’s espresso laced foam on top of coffee-flavored milk.

This brings me to the countries that are lucky enough not to have one. The irony of ironies is that Italy does not have one. The country that is the basis for their business has rejected them. It’s where  CEO Howard Schultz  got the idea to bring coffee culture to the world.

The other irony is that many of the bean-growing nations like Ecuador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru don’t get to taste their beans get ruined by a corporation.

Here’s the list:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Anguilla
  • Antarctica
  • Antigua
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bangladesh
  • Barbados
  • Belarus
  • Belize
  • Benin
  • Bermuda
  • Bhutan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Burkina
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Cayman Islands
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • Ivory Coast
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Djibouti
  • Dominican Republic (will open it’s first store this year)
  • East Timor
  • Ecuador
  • Equatorial
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Falkland Islands
  • Faroe Islands
  • Fiji
  • French Polynesia
  • French Southern Territories
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greenland
  • Grenada
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guam
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Guyana
  • Haiti
  • Holy See Saint-Siège
  • Honduras
  • Iceland
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel (did have six stores but all closed in 2013)
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • North Korea
  • Kosovo
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Laos
  • Latvia
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Maldives
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Mayotte
  • Micronesia
  • Moldova
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Montserrat
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands Antilles
  • New Caledonia
  • Nicaragua
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Pakistan
  • Palau
  • Palestinian
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Pitcairn Island
  • Reunion Island
  • Rwanda
  • Saint Kitts
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Suriname
  • Swaziland
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania
  • Tibet
  • Timor-Leste (East Timor)
  • Togo
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Tunisia
  • Turkmenistan
  • Turks and Caicos
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • Uruguay
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vanuatu
  • Vatican City
  • Venezuela
  • Virgin Islands (British)
  • Virgin Islands (U.S.)
  • Wallis and Futuna Islands
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

There are few explanations of why there aren’t Starbucks in Italy. Italians are fiercely religious of their coffee routine. Stand at a counter for a minute before work and be on your way. Espresso on the go is a no-no in Italy. Starbucks is all about having your coffee everywhere you go.

Like most of the rest of Europe, they don’t do it in mass drip quantities like Americans. A friend in Rome called our drip coffee, “coffee soup”.

With the cappuccino, which the Capuchin Friars created, Italians do one size. No tall, venti or grandes to be had. Italians do simple coffee drinks — the macchiato, the latte, the corretto and a shakerato. All low in calories. No bastardizations drinks the Frappuccino or Dolce Caramel Whatever that will set you back a thousand calories.

So let’s do our part to keep Italy safe from Starbucks and don’t go to Starbucks. Support your local coffee shop and seek out the best coffee joints around the world.

12 thoughts on “A List of Countries That Don’t Have Starbucks

  1. There was a plan to open Starbucks coffe shops in Croatia but they didn’t because they said that Croats would rather sit,hang out with friends and drink coffe than actually have a cup with themselves walking around etc

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  2. C’mon man!?! Get over yourself.

    I am an Italian (now living in US) that has been drinking espresso/cappuccino/coffee longer than you’ve been alive. American coffee is not and never claims to be espresso. They are different beverages, like NY vs Chicago style pizza.

    Having tried countless coffee shops around the US & world, I am of the mind that Starbucks provides one of the most consistently brewed (taste & temperature) coffees available, period.

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