A List of Countries That Don’t Have Starbucks


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.

35 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


    • you can also sit in Starbucks, it’s not forbidden. They have ceramic mugs, too (other than paper ones). I think average Croatian can not afford a cup of Starbucks coffee.


  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.


  3. Well? Trully surprised with the long list givem the variety of drinks and foods it offers. Besides, all young people love it. I would love to host Starbucks in Kosovo, the country with majority population belonging to the age of 20.’s

    Thank you for the lovely tastes we experience with you.


  4. Well trully surprised with the long list givem the variety of drinks and foods it offers. Besides, all young people love it. I would love to host Starbucks in Kosovo, the country with majority population belonging to the age of 20.’s

    Thank you for the lovely tastes we experience with you.


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  6. The lattes in Starbucks are more milk for a reason. it tastes better. not everyone prefers to grow hair more hair if you get the pun. I am stuck in Malta for work and I cannot find a good latte here to save my life.


  7. Italy does not have one. By the end of 2018 it will have the largest one in Europe.
    Like most countries on that list the decision not to be there is Starbucks choice not the government or locals.
    As with most choices in food the decision is with the buyer. If you don’t like go elsewhere. Why you feel the need to create a website to promote your antipathy is a little sad. What happened ? Couldn’t get a barista job ??


  8. I second the comment that Kazakhstan’s got Starbucks. They’re almost in all malls in Astana and Almaty and seem to be pretty popular with locals.


  9. Uruguay has several, especially in the capital and they are always filled with friends/family sitting and talking. As far as “crappy” coffee goes it appears ppl like to have a common spot to gather and enjoy the moment or the afternoon studying. It’s really up to the consumer and how they choose to shop and spend their time their or away. Luckily the provide lots of choices, including a know drip for less then $2usd and can be personalized as one loves more or less milk, and sugar. Let Starbucks do their thing which is give a opportunity for a different tast and experience! We are happy to have them in Uruguay even though we get amazing coffee from our own farmers and those countries around us like Brazil, and Colombia. Experience different tastes never hurt anyone.


  10. this isn’t accurate lol andorra, slovakia, peru, uruguay, serbia, italy, luxembourg, cambodia, azerbaijan… simple google map searches will show you that all of these countries and probably more on your list do in fact have starbucks. why are you so personally angered at starbucks, my man? it seems unnecessary.


  11. I’m a coffee snob but I still like Starbucks for their sweet stuff. It’s not coffee, but it tastes fucking good. It’s two different drinks to me. It’s like asking someone to pick between steak or pie. They’re two totally different things that taste good for different reasons. Coffee is savory and sharp where Starbucks is sweet and mild.


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