World Coffee Consumption Statistics


Coffee production and consumption volumes have continued to grow steadily over the past few years, and experts predict further growth in the global coffee market. Studies on coffee provide quite interesting data on coffee consumption by consumers and understand which groups of people are more inclined to start their morning with a cup of coffee and who, for instance, likes to drink coffee after work.

Coffee consumption statistics show that around 30-40% of the world’s population consume coffee every day.

In the USA, these figures are much higher and equate to about 65% of the total population.

Although coffee consumption in the U.S. is high, statistics show that northern European countries are true coffee addicts that drink record amounts of coffee per capita. From the data presented here, you will understand how actively people drink coffee around the world.

Coffee Consumption by Country

Three leading countries that “ruthlessly” drink coffee every day in huge quantities are Finland, the Netherlands, and Sweden (about 9-10 kg of coffee per person annually).

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It is noteworthy that regular black coffee and cappuccino are the favorites among Europeans. Espresso lovers in Italy drink 6.69 kg of coffee.

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Americans and Spaniards drink about 4.30 kg of coffee a year.

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Canada, where coffee consumption per capita by country is 3.06 kg a year, completes the statistical table.

People start drinking more and more coffee, and the figures “creep up” every year, which means that soon, it will be quite difficult to find someone in the world who will say that he/she does not drink coffee at all.

According to researchers and doctors, safe doses of caffeine, contained in coffee, are represented by only three 200 ml cups. 3 cups of coffee are those “average” cups of coffee per day which people drink in most cases.

Given the upward trend in cup volumes, it can be assumed that many coffee drinkers consume much more caffeine than expected. Finding up to 200 ml coffee cups in US coffee shops today can be quite a challenge – most often, it’s large cups of up to 500 ml in volume.

It was estimated that the soluble coffee market fell by 9%, which means that instant coffee consumption by country is also on the decline. Today, the world is somewhat divided by preferences of natural and instant coffee.

Countries, which in most cases prefer to drink instant coffee, are mostly represented by Asian direction and include China, Russia, Turkey, and even Australia. Some Latin American countries also prefer to drink instant coffee, although they produce the largest volumes of world natural coffee and supply it to all other countries.

It should be noted that even in countries with high consumption of instant coffee, there is an increase in consumption of coffee in beans, which suggests that in these countries, the market is seeking to spread natural coffee, and there is a growth prospect for this direction.  

Coffee Consumption Per Capita in Various Countries 

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Coffee Lover Traits

It is known that not all segments of society drink coffee, and there are professions that literally force people to drink coffee more than others. Interestingly, coffee is drunk most by workers of scientific and educational spheres, as well as advertisers, designers, artists, and office workers.

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It turns out that the intellectual work sphere “requires more coffee” compared to other professions, where a person is more involved physically.

Creative people, in fact, shape the culture of coffee, and the image of a successful and attractive person today is hard to imagine without a cup of coffee. 

People who require a lot of mental, creative, and intellectual effort are literally forced to stimulate themselves with coffee, and there is nothing wrong with it if you can control your daily coffee consumption and know your own limits. Productivity really does increase in this case, and there is no health risk. Such employees often drink coffee during the day and even after work. 

Any break or business meeting today does not go without coffee. Marketers and owners of the coffee business know this, so they create the most comfortable conditions for coffee consumption and make it available to intellectuals by opening coffee shops near company offices and in business districts.

Professional Employment and Coffee Consumption Ratio

Professional Employment and Coffee Consumption Ratio

If you consider college students and coffee, there are some interesting statistical facts here, too. Today, more and more students are starting to become addicted to drinking coffee in the morning. In addition, coffee consumption by age shows that most people drink coffee between 16 and 26 years of age.

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According to statistics, every second student starts his/her day with a cup of coffee and can drink it several times during the day, and even at night. Interestingly, about 78% of students who drink coffee tend to exceed the safe daily dose of coffee consumed, which means they drink more than three cups of coffee per day.

The availability of a large number of coffee shops and places where you can drink a cup of coffee is also increasing, as is the rate of coffee beans production. People today do not need to look for a coffee shop to drink coffee, as they are always “around the corner.”

Students, like many other Americans, prefer to pop into Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts to enjoy a cup, or rather a large one of up to 600 ml, of coffee almost every day. It was estimated that each student spends from $21 to $93 dollars on coffee per month.

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At high mental workload, using coffee has clear advantages that allow being more active and receptive to information. Coffee also allows concentrating better when working long hours.

However, in the case of excessive and uncontrolled use of coffee, students have certain problems with both sleep and health, so one should be careful with high doses of caffeine.

Just like many other addictions, coffee addiction develops gently and gradually but quitting, when already coffee-dependent, will be quite difficult. In addition, quitting coffee will save about $500 per semester, which may be of interest to some students who want to save money and use it more wisely.

Curious Coffee Consumption Insights

Coffee experts conduct various researches, trying to find out a formula for the best coffee drink ever, with an incredibly delicious flavor. In fact, everyone knows that taste perception of people is individual, and many coffee lovers do not really care about some subtle flavor features – an average person just needs to drink good coffee to feel satisfied.

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It was estimated that there’s only about 30% of gourmets and people who have a thorough understanding of coffee among ordinary consumers.

This, of course, does not mean that coffee shops do not need to care about the quality and features of their coffee – it’s quite enough to provide professional quality service and give customers high-quality delicious coffee. 

The development of coffee culture leads to the fact that more and more people are beginning to understand coffee, prefer natural and special types of coffee, different in flavor qualities.

Despite this, latte and cappuccino still remain the most popular drinks. More people choose milk coffee drinks because quite often, it’s not just about cheering up but also having a snack, breakfast, or enjoying coffee with a dessert.

Statistics of coffee consumption by gender is also interesting in terms of common curiosity and financial side.

In the USA, about 50% of all men drink coffee, which is a rather impressive figure, as one of two American men drinks coffee every day. Men tend to drink traditional coffee drinks, i.e. regular black coffee or espresso. They also do not have a particular preference for certain coffee shops and rarely choose the most popular ones to drink coffee there, which is hardly a case with US women. In addition, US men often tend to drink coffee with sugar (in quite large doses), as well as pure black coffee without any additives. If we take the average number of cups drunk by US men per day, this figure is 2.22 cups per day.

Among US women, only about 33% consume coffee on a regular basis. Statistics show that women drink 1.79 cups of coffee per day, on average. They prefer to drink milk coffee based on natural or vegetable milk, as well as with cream or milk powder. Most often it’s a sweet coffee with sugar or its substitutes. US women prefer to go to large national coffee chains and often choose large coffee portions.

These are interesting gender differences offered by coffee drinker demographics. If we consider the age characteristics of coffee drinkers, there are several contradictory aspects.

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Adults, aged 18 to 34 years, drink less coffee, in percentage terms, than older people, but they prefer large quantities of coffee and can drink it several times a day.

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Americans, who are 55 or older, often drink at least one cup of coffee per day. The percentage of such people is 74%, which indicates quite a serious consumer scale on the part of adults who are already 55 y/o.

Interestingly, about 64% of people prefer to drink coffee in the morning separately from their meals or as breakfast.

Of course, most of these people also drink another cup of coffee at work or after it. For this reason, the expression “morning starts with coffee” really does work for most people on the planet who cannot imagine their lives without coffee.

Coffee Consumption by State

Regionally, coffee consumption data varies quite a lot. This is explained by the business workload of the regions and their professional peculiarities in terms of specialists who live and work in these regions.

Big cities with a high pace of life and working intensity have the highest rates of coffee and even caffeine consumption in general. The density of the population also has a big impact on statistics, as the more people live in a state, the more coffee they consume in general.

The leading state in coffee consumption today is New York, which has a record number of coffee shops and other establishments that sell coffee to the public. After New York, the most active “coffee drinkers” are Seattle and San Francisco.

It turns out that California and Washington are the next regions that statistically consume much more coffee than other states. It’s noteworthy that the cheapest coffee can be bought in Oklahoma, where the average coffee pack will cost you about $3.38. Ohio has the highest prices for coffee – $8.16 per pack.

There are more than 20,000 large coffee shops in the U.S., and the number of establishments continues to grow every month. The fact is that over the last fairly long period of time, the price of coffee has dropped to about $1 per pound of green beans. Of course, coffee processing, roasting, and grinding require their own expenses.

However, coffee beans availability and relatively high prices for ready coffee drinks allow opening profitable coffee establishments and make gains already in the first business year. Coffee shop, restaurant, and cafe chains, which have long-established themselves in the U.S. market, remain leaders in sales, but regular small coffee shops can also be a profitable business, which will get further development and dissemination in the upcoming years.

Top Four Coffee Drinking States

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Coffee In the World

The main coffee suppliers for the USA today are Colombia and Brazil. These are the countries that most coffee products and raw beans, which are further processed in the states, come from. Brazilians are the world leaders in terms of volume of coffee cultivation and its supplies to the world market. Indeed,

Brazilian coffee is popular around the world, and many coffee lovers prefer to drink it. Traditional Brazilian coffee has a special flavor, characterized by caramel sweetness, often with chocolate and nut hints. Despite the quantitative production, in recent years, Brazilians began to pay more attention to the quality of raw materials supplied.

Coffee differs not only in flavor profile, but also in the region, type, size, color, and storage resistance. Statistical science allows for obtaining fairly accurate data on the caffeine in coffee, but this data is highly dependent on the above-mentioned distinctive coffee features. We’ll get back to coffee and caffeine a bit later.  

It has already been mentioned that Europeans are the leaders in coffee consumption. They prefer natural coffee, usually made (brewed) at home. Visiting coffee shops is also common.

For instance, fresh coffee consumption by England is significantly lower than with other European countries, even the US. This is explained by the fact that the English are still more inclined to drink tea. Coffee bean producers supply coffee beans to various regions of the world and therefore, you can find Brazilian coffee not only in the U.S., but also in England, Russia, and even China.

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As mentioned above, Brazil remains the production leader, having taken about 33% of the coffee market. However, there are also many other countries, known worldwide as the producers of the best varieties of premium coffees.

World Coffee Leaders

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Safe Coffee Consumption

Today in the coffee industry there is an active trend for natural and ecological coffee. Many suppliers focus on coffee environmental benefits and production safety. Coffee shops also prefer to avoid materials that pollute the environment and oceans.

Many experts also discuss coffee consumption safety, giving recommendations on certain amounts of coffee per day. The main danger of coffee is caffeine and its quantity. If the human body receives moderate doses of caffeine, it does not cause addiction and has a positive impact on the cardiovascular system and mental health. As soon as we exceed safe caffeine doses, certain health problems and coffee addiction may develop over time. For this reason, only moderate consumption of coffee is reasonable, from any point of view. This requires information about coffee drink composition and caffeine content in it.      

We are all familiar with an aromatic and refreshing latte, but not all latte drinkers know how useful coffee is, what contraindications it has, and how caffeine affects our body. Let’s figure out what caffeine is. 

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Caffeine is white crystals found in various fruits and plants such as tea leaves, cocoa beans, coffee beans, and guarana leaves. These crystals are able to stimulate our nervous system and encourage us to be active. It is caffeine that makes a person feel empowered and able to work actively for quite a long time. Excessive doses of caffeine can lead to bad sleep and general exhaustion if you drink coffee in big amounts uncontrolled.

Of course, naturally, caffeine has other features, such as the distinctive bitter taste of crystals that scares away different insects, feeding on leaves, so insects prefer leaves without caffeine.

But for man, caffeine has proven to be quite a find, which allows us to feel revived and stay full of energy. People have learned to use this substance for their own purposes. Nowadays caffeine is widely used in medicine, even in cosmetology, and, of course, in everyday life.

In recent years, the statistics on coffee use has increased many times. At the moment, Finland remains a coffee consumption record holder. Thus, according to statistics, one Finn drinks up to 11 kg of coffee per year.

It can be safely said that other Europeans also catch up on coffee consumption, almost on the same level as Finns. Therefore, we can conclude that coffee is not just a drink but an already long-standing tradition.

The daily caffeine dose, that enters the human body when drinking coffee, varies from 100 milligrams to 350 milligrams per day. The caffeine amount in espresso is about 70 mg and slightly lower in cappuccino. Adults are recommended to drink no more than 3-4 cups of coffee per day otherwise, there is a possibility of harm to the body. This is due to the fact that excessive use of caffeine often leads to sleep disturbance, a strong heartbeat, and even tachycardia.

A safe caffeine intake per day is equivalent to 300 milligrams. It is worth remembering that caffeine affects the whole body, affecting the blood system, expanding blood vessels, and increasing pressure. Also, do not forget that caffeine is not only present in coffee and coffee drinks but in many other products, so pay attention to other beverage and medicine composition.

Now let’s talk about products that also contain caffeine, i.e. chocolate, cocoa, energy drinks, energy bars, and tea. Many headache pills also contain caffeine in quite a high dosage. All these positions have almost the same effect on the body as coffee, so do not forget about the daily rate of caffeine for adults, which is, at its best, 250 mg of caffeine. Sometimes, it is acceptable to consume up to 400 mg but then you need to pay more attention to your health and a good night’s rest.


To sum up, it is worth saying that drinking coffee is quite safe for health when it is done with a good sense of proportion. Statistics show that many people in various countries of the world prefer to drink coffee every day. The coffee market and consumption rates continue to grow rapidly, indicating that coffee will increasingly be on people’s menus, as a staple product for breakfast and during the day.

Northern European countries demonstrate a particular coffee addiction, drinking around 9-10 kg of coffee per person annually. Many countries are still far from such figures but with the development of the industry, certain countries in the world may soon catch up with these figures.

Brazil and Vietnam remain world leaders in coffee production, although, in the USA, coffee is mainly supplied from Colombia. 

New York is the most active coffee consumer among other states, with numerous coffee shops open 24/7. Americans, being representatives of many creative occupations and business spheres, prefer to drink coffee at least 3 times a day and are very fond of large portions of coffee in cups of up to 600 ml.

Considering the development of the market in the upcoming years, it becomes quite clear that we will see a significant increase in the number of coffee shops and more Americans drinking coffee every day.  

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