America is renowned for running on coffee.
A Starbucks outlet is to be found with almost every corner you turn; Dunkin Donuts is a compulsory inclusion of most morning commutes and the McDonalds are progressively converting into McCafe.
It is, thus, hard to believe that any country out there would outrun the US in this particular race.
Yet, when the numbers are crunched and the coffee consumption per capita determined, America finds itself behind various “superpower” coffee consuming nations.
Admittedly, you might be curious to know that there are plenty of countries out there which consume more caffeine.
Read on to discover more about this plus answers to the above questions.
10. CANADA (6.5kg/Capita)
According to the Coffee Association of Canada, the beverage is the most common amongst Canadians. East to West, far and wide, Canadians love a good brew.
Accordingly, all the popular coffee chains dot their streets across the country. Within the cities too, there is often some local shops that can be found playing their part to meet the seemingly unquenchable demand for the brew.
The Canadian coffee industry was worth $6.2 billion in 2017. Of this, $1.4 billion made up retail sales from coffee that was sold for home consumption.
From this data, it is clear that a large section of the Canadian population favor brewing and consuming the drink at home.
A probable reason for this has been thought to be the long winters and accompanying cold weather.
You would prefer to be indoors during such times too, wouldn’t you? Coffee would be perfect.
9. LUXEMBOURG (6.5kg/Capita)
Here is a challenge for you; find a map and locate Luxembourg on it. The country might be small, and even unknown to some, but the love for coffee present within the nation is huge.
At 6.5kg/Capita, they are drinking as much coffee as Canada. For comparison, the country has a population of 590,000 as at 1st January 2017.
The nation’s capital, Luxembourg City has numerous coffee shops fulfilling both typical coffee needs as well as exotic beverages that are brewed with an artisan’s touch.
Needless to say, Luxembourg is home to some uncommon coffee names and you might easily be confused when reading through a menu. Here are some tips to help you get a hang of things.
Latte/Lait Russe – We are yet to understand why, but a Luxembourg Latte goes by the name “Russian Milk” or “Lait Russe.”
Café Gourmand – This drink is often taken with desserts. Yup, you heard right, In Luxembourg, Coffee has a place at the table during dessert too. There is no need to limit yourself to this particular coffee either; should you find yourself in the country, feel free to order any other coffee type. Apparently, it is a thing.
Cappuccino – Should you ask for a cappuccino, you will often get regular coffee served with whipped cream. Other alternative names for the beverage include; “Cappuccino francais” and “French Cappuccino” Should you have more classical tastes you should definitely try a “Cappuccino Italian” or Italian Cappuccino.
Demand tends to rise at the onset of winter when the cold weather sets in. Picnics and other summer activities are replaced with indoor activities and continuous hot beverages. It is during this time that you will find cozy bars and cafes’ busy fulfilling orders from various patrons.
8. BELGIUM (6.5kg/Capita)
Belgium too consumes as much coffee as the entire Canadian population. Other than chocolates and waffles, history also points to longstanding obsession amongst Belgians for coffee.
It is rather appropriate then that all three complement each other so nicely. On average, the nation consumes 1.35 cups daily per person.
According to The Coffee Club of Belgium, Coffee is the second most popular drink in the country. Which drink could be more popular you ask? Water.
Having been a colonial power previously, Belgium was able to meet its huge demand for coffee by having extensive plantations in Rwanda and Congo.
Today, coffee shops are to be found in all major towns. You will easily grab a quick cup and accompany it with one of their famed waffles.
When you do, though, please stop by here and confirm to us that they are as awesome as we have all been made to believe.
7. SWITZERLAND (7.9kg/Capita)
Cafés have been common is Swiss society since the 18th century. Early records point to social establishments where usage of coffee would take place.
These have since given rise to modern establishments and established brands taking over Swiss streets and continuing the tradition of providing great coffee and a place to socialize.
Other than drink tons of coffee, the nation also plays a major role in coffee exportation to other counties, with quite a significant amount of the world’s exported coffee beans happening in Switzerland.
Its exportation value is greater than both cheese and chocolate, Swiss food products that are considered more popular. I am assuming you have heard of either Nespresso or Nescafe. These are two of the most common Swiss coffee export brands.
Considering the amount of coffee that passes Switzerland territory, you would expect the country to drink a considerable amount of the beverage.
And the country doesn’t disappoint. On average, a Swiss national will drink upwards of five cups every day and consume 7.9 kilograms of coffee every year.
It can be an expensive pastime though, for coffee prices can be over $3.5 per cup.
6. SWEDEN. (8.2kg/Capita)
The Swedes love their coffee so much that they have come up with a concept for it. “Fika” is the concept and it literally means “to have coffee.”
If you ever get the chance to visit the country and you happen to hear the above words, just say yes. Unless you are not a coffee guy, and in that case, what are you doing here?
“Fika” is considered a concept as it combines coffee with either pastries or cookies. Various situations can give rise to a “Fika,” including work breaks and social gatherings. The only rule applicable is that coffee should be present.
For most Swedes, coffee is a serious undertaking. Most nationals don’t consider it a beverage but a way of life instead. It is enjoyed in most homes frequently regardless of the season.
However, coffee is mostly drunk as part of social interactions. Most international coffee chains have taken notice of this, and you will find that all the renowned brands have a presence in the country.
These brands compete to fulfill the nation's thirst for the beverage alongside other local coffee shops and national chains all found throughout the country.
5. NETHERLANDS (8.4kg/Capita)
The year 1616 saw the Dutch make history as the first Europeans to acquire live coffee bushes. These were brought back from Yemen and later used to establish a coffee plantation the Dutch colonies, Suriname and Java.
Since then, the two have become major suppliers of European coffee with Java being a global coffee outlet with franchises spanning all the six continents.
Today, it is only in Amsterdam that you will find coffee being served with another specialty product though, marijuana.
However, don’t get too carried away, the coffee culture is as strong as it were thousands of years back. In the Netherlands, the average individual will take 2 cups daily.
Coffee brewed at home is normally served with cookies and cakes. It is worth noting that in previous years, there was an interesting coffee culture split between the north and south.
The north was traditionally Protestant and coffee was traditionally served with a single cookie to show modesty. In the mostly Roman Catholic south, however, coffee time was normally served with a large and sweet pie.
4. DENMARK (8.7Kg/Capita)
Can we just agree finally that Nordic Countries are the genuine coffee kings?
It would conveniently make this nation the Danish Prince of this beloved beverage. The subjects under this kingdom faithfully sip an average of 1.5 cups of coffee each day.
Like their fellow Scandinavians, Danes traditionally have coffee with each meal and allow the drink to take a special focus on distinct occasions.
The brew is served with cakes, small sandwiches, and cookies. Denmark, also, boasts another statistic, being home to the 6th most expensive coffee globally.
Accordingly, each of that daily 1.5 cups comes with paying a small fortune. All the same, for some well brewed Danish coffee and vivid dreams of memorable Copenhagen, I reckon it would be worth it.
3. ICELAND (9kg/Capita)
One of the coldest countries in the world had to make the top three. There is a special correlation between cold weather and a hot cup of coffee – the former always seems to attract the latter.
Make no mistake, there are few places in the world that as cold as Iceland. It is, thus, no surprise that the nation’s citizens enjoy 5 cups on average every day.
Coffee simply has a way of adding the final puzzle piece to a cozy evening in the middle of winter. Icelanders know this, and they are keeping cozy.
The nation’s capital city “Reykjavic” doesn’t have any of the coffee giants like Java or Starbucks dotting its streets. However, smaller, independent coffee shops are to be found in plenty everywhere you turn.
Often, one is just a stone throw away from the other and residents are spoilt for choice.
The country takes its coffee so seriously that coffee based competitions are organized for the country’s top barristers, roasters, and brewers.
The best of each from around the nation meet every year for the challenge to find Iceland’s highest quality brew.
2. NORWAY (9.9kg/Capita)
Similar to other European nations, coffee gained popularity in Norway in the 18th century. During this period, Norway, though relatively poor and under Denmark’s got to enjoy plenty of cheap Java from its ruler.
The wealthier class in Norway’s society played a particularly significant role in making the beverage popular.
Today, “Kaffe” is normally served black during breakfast and after dinner, with every dessert. It is, also, a common custom amongst Norwegians to have friends over specifically for coffee.
During such an occasion, visitors are typically be treated to cakes and pastries alongside the brew. On average, a Norwegian will drink 2 cups of coffee every day.
Considering the nation’s 5 million (roughly) people, an average of +10 million cups of coffee are consumed Norwegians daily.
Should you ever get to visit rural Norway, “karsk” is a cocktail you should sample. It is made from coffee that has been weakly brewed, mixed with a generous helping of moonshine or vodka.
Interesting right? And if you find that it’s too strong, get a lighter and burn a bit of the alcohol off!
1. FINLAND (12kg/Capita)
Most Finnish citizens would actually disagree with the figure above and rightly so. Finland consumes an insane amount of coffee.
In fact, were children not included in the calculation national averages, the coffee consumption figures would be much higher than 12kgs/Capita.
Finland consumes coffee all day, every day. Coffee breaks are actually mandatory in most workplaces and advocated for by labor organizations.
You will find coffee in special occasions, after church luncheons, home parties etc. A coffee table is never far away and on it will be a buffet comprising bread, cookies, sandwiches, and cakes. All these are to take with endless “Khavi”
The coffee culture in Finland has been influenced by various factors including; Swedish rule that placed prohibitions on coffee and The Lutheran work ethic.
One thing is certain though, that coffee is not about to vanish from Finnish society anytime soon. Accordingly, should you ever get the pleasure of being invited by a Finn to their home, brace yourself for some steaming coffee in endless supply.
Decaf is, also, unheard of in this country so don’t even bother with your request.
There you have it, the top 10 coffee consumers’ world over. We’re it a sport, America would sadly be beaten hands down, as we take up position 26 in the world. Our friends The UK hold steady at number 45, but that’s to be expected right? People there love tea more than they do coffee.
This list was of particular importance to draw a clearer picture of nationals that particularly like their coffee and the nations that consume more of the brew on average.
Breaking down the data into averages makes for interesting reading. America and Japan make up countries in the top 5 that buy the most coffee. However, when population and GDP are considered, actual consumption per person falls drastically.
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My name is Kathy Gallo, Editor of Ag Ferrari, a Coffee buff. The guide you find here is designed exactly for you, and it is our hope that you find it not only interesting but also actionable.