Do You think that people in your country drink the most coffee?
We are all wondering which country, which nation drinks the most coffee. Coffee consumption is something that can determine which nation is the greatest coffee geek in the world, let it be a cappuccino, French press or a cold brew coffee for those hot summer evenings. Of course, it does not represent the individuals who prefer quality to quantity. You would think that it must be one of the big nations. Like the USA, Canada, Russia perhaps. Surely they come in in TOP5. So should countries like Brazil or Turkey, right? Not really!
So, which nation drinks the most coffee?
According to statistics provided by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Number 1 country that consumes the most coffee is Switzerland with 10.5kg per one person per year. In a report provided by the EUROMONITOR INTERNATIONAL, this record was assigned to Finland with 9.6 kg per capita, however, it does not appear in the USDA report as the total amount of consumption was too low to be included in the overall report.
Switzerland is followed by Norway with 8.7 kg per capita and Canada with 7.7kg. In other reports, the Netherlands contributed to this top with 6.7 kg per capita but it is not included in this one again (and the data is available only for the years 2017/18), for the same reason – not consuming enough to appear in the overall report. But it is worth mentioning, as it does consume a lot of caffeine.
It might seem a surprise to see that the top 2 positions are occupied by such (relatively) small countries as Switzerland (8.6million people), and Norway (5.3 million people). At least when you compare to America, Russia, Brazil, and other bigger countries. Why so?
Switzerland is home to only around 8.6 million people yet it is one of the top coffee consuming countries in the world, along with other Scandinavian countries – Norway (5.2 million people) and Sweden.
What about the big countries?
As you can see – big countries like France, the USA and Canada are not at the top. Although they consume way more coffee than the smaller ones (like Switzerland, Norway or Sweden) there are a lot more people living there, therefore, the average consumption per capita is lower, as the total amount of coffee has to be divided with more people.
According to a study commissioned by the National Coffee Association, Americans are drinking coffee more than ever. With 64% of Americans having at least one cup per day and spending $21.32 per week only on coffee.
If you wish to learn some history about coffee, and to know which are the Top 5 countries regarding coffee production, check this article. And, if you are interested to learn what side effects caffeine can cause and what products contain caffeine, read this article on negative side effects of caffeine.