Using Starbucks as a Currency Converter

by Mike on December 2, 2012

Starbucks in Lukla, Nepal

Starbucks in Lukla, Nepal

According to this thread on, you can buy a reloadable Starbucks card in the U.S., your home country and reload it in a foreign Starbucks location with any left over currency you may have.  This will load the money to the Starbucks card to the home currency making a convenient way to liquidate any left over currency.

I attempted to try this and was never successful, though I never really gave it a good try.

Here’s why.

  • Lines are absurdly long in Starbucks that it’s a waste of time to load a few bucks worth of foreign currency to your Starbucks card.
  • There’s a communication barrier that makes it difficult in what you’re trying to do.

Not all foreign Starbucks locations allow this.  So unless you invest the time to wait in line, you really don’t know if it’s possible.

If anyone is willing to give it a try, let me know how you do!

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