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As a nation we’re obsessed with coffee. Our entire day seems to be structured around the beverage with many of us not even being able to get up in the morning without the warm embrace from a cup of coffee. If you love coffee as much as we do, you might be curious about the statistics about coffee out there and want to know how this obsession reflects in the numbers.

Keep reading and learn everything from how much coffee is consumed in the UK on average per day to which country has the highest consumption per capital.

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1. The UK alone drinks around 95 million cups of coffee a day

Research carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research discovered that coffee consumption in the UK has increased by a whopping 25 million cups! In 2008, around 70 million cups of coffee were consumed per day, and it was found in 2018 this had shot up to a staggering 95 million cups.

2. The average person in the UK drinks 2 cups of coffee a day

This coffee statistic was reported by Roast and Poast. In comparison, the US is said to average around 3 cups of coffee each day.

3. 80% of UK households buy instant coffee to enjoy at home

According to the British Coffee Association, 80% of those in the UK enjoy instant coffee at home, with most of this demographic being aged over 65. Single serve coffee pods on the other hand are becoming more popular with millennials, with them accounting for 16% of buyers.

4. 80% of coffee shop goers go at least once a week

16% of those surveyed go to coffee shops on a daily basis.

5. Coffee is the one of the most popular drinks worldwide

This coffee statistic may shock you, but the beverage is second only to water. On average there’s around 400 billion cups consumed each year.

6. UK consumers spend over £4bn in high-street coffee shops

7. Mature coffee plants yield 5 pounds of green coffee beans a year

After the roasting process, we actually end up with less than one pound of beans!

8. Coffee plants can live to be 100 years old

On average, coffee plants live between 40 – 50 years, but they can live to the grand old age of 100 if they’re cared for properly.

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9. Brazil exports 5.7 billion pounds of coffee each year

This makes Brazil the largest exporter of coffee in the world. Interestingly, in the 1920s Brazil accounted for 80% of the world’s coffee, today it’s around a third.

10. 90% of the world’s coffee is grown in economically developing countries

There are 25 million farming families across the world, and to them coffee isn’t just a commodity, it’s a way of life.

11. Finland has the highest coffee consumption per capita

Here’s the top 10 list of coffee consumption per capita, the UK ranks 44th which is considerably high for such a small country!

Country Consumption Per Capita
1. Finland 12kg
2. Norway 9.9kg
3. Iceland 9.0kg
4. Denmark 8.7kg
5. Netherlands 8.4kg
6. Sweden 8.2
7. Switzerland 7.9
8. Belgium 6.8
9. Luxembourg 6.5
10. Canada 6.5

(Data from The National Coffee Association)

12. The UK’s coffee consumption varies quite dramatically by age

This is the UK’s average coffee consumption by age:

Age Cups per day
Generation Z (under 20) 0.5
Millennials (20 – 37) 1.3
Generation X (38 – 52) 2.1
Baby Boomers (53 – 71) 2.2
Traditionalists (72+) 2.2

(Coffee statistics from Roast & Post)

13. The human body can only absorb 300mg of caffeine at a time

According to Roast and Post, any extra caffeine content is excreted and won’t be used!

14. 1/3 of people don’t drink coffee at all

On a survey carried out on 2,000 adults about coffee consumption in the UK, 1/3 of people asked said they didn’t drink coffee at all, whereas 6% said they drank more than 6 cups per day.

15. 65% of the UK’s coffee consumption is at home

This was found in the same study as the one listed above. 25% said they enjoyed coffee at work or whilst studying, whereas 10% only consumed the beverage in coffee shops, bars or restaurants.

16. Men drink more coffee than women

This study also concluded that 54% of coffee drinkers in the UK are men, whereas 46% are women, which is quite a close split!

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17. There are nearly 26,000 coffee outlets across the UK

As of 2020, there were almost 26,000 coffee outlets across the UK which includes chains, independent coffee shops, supermarket cafes, service stations and retail shops.

That’s our top 17 statistics about coffee! Want to learn even more fascinating things about the world of coffee? Check out our article on coffee facts, next.