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Coffee Statistics

Most people start their day with a steaming cup of coffee. Coffee provides those that love caffeine's feel in their systems with an energy boost that helps them get through the hassles of the day. Even though coffee intake keeps some people awake, especially when they need to sleep, a moderate intake comes with immense health benefits.

Some of the most common health benefits of coffee drinking include preventing some cancers, reducing the risk of certain illnesses such as Parkinson's' disease, improving brain function, and many more. Our expert baristas team researched to learn more about coffee statistics in the USA and around the world, and below are the most amazing discoveries.

The Most Amazing Coffee Statistics

  1. A healthy coffee plant lives up to 100 years or more (Seriouseats)
  2. Americans that prepare coffee from the comfort of their homes total to 79% ( Reuters)
  3. Arabica coffee beans have a lower caffeine amount compared to Robusta beans
  4. Brazil is the leading coffee exporter with a total of 5.7 billion pounds of coffee beans production annually
  5. Millennials that consume gourmet coffee are 48%
  6. Both men and women consume almost the same amount of coffee daily. In some regions, women consume more at 69% while the men consume 62%. In other regions, men consume more coffee than women do.
  7. The numbers of Americans that consume caffeine in the form of coffee are 75%
  8. US coffee consumers that drink coffee for relaxation are about 29% (Statista)
  9. An average coffee cup size is 9 ounces
  10. 30% of the world population drink coffee
  11. The worth of the coffee industry is over $100 billion (Businessinsider)
  12. Coffee is the second largest traded commodity across the world
  13. The most expensive coffee variety in the world is Kopi Luwak, which costs $320 per cup (Businessinsider)


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Coffee Consumption By Country

Some people assume that Americans top the list when it comes to coffee consumption daily. On the contrary, America does not even rank among the top ten countries with the highest coffee consumption annually. The majority of the leading countries are not even in the coffee belt region. Here is a look at the top ten coffee consuming countries, based on data.

Country Amount in kg/per person/per year

  1. Finland 12
  2. Norway 9.9
  3. Iceland 9
  4. Denmark 8.7
  5. Netherlands 8.4
  6. Sweden 8.2
  7. Switzerland 7.9
  8. Belgium 6.8
  9. Luxembourg 6.5
  10. Canada 6.2

Consumption by Gender and Age

A lot of debate surrounds who between men and women drink more coffee. Both genders drink lots of coffee daily, but some countries' statistics indicate that males consume slightly more coffee than their female counterparts do. In other countries like the USA, the opposite is true as more women than men consume coffee daily.

  1. In regions where more men than women drink coffee, the average number of cups per day is approximately 1.7, while women drink 1.5 cups. In the USA, the average number of cups consumed by adult Americans is 3.1 cups daily.
  2. Both genders drink coffee for varying reasons. When questioned about their reasons for not drinking coffee, most women said they did not like the taste, while the men who do not drink it said; it was too expensive for them.
  3. Women and men also have their favorite types of coffee specialties. 22% of the women that consume coffee said their first choice blend is a latte.
  4. Men, on the other hand, go for canteen coffee or just a Cup of Joeas their choice coffee. The men will drink anything with caffeine just as long as the price is right.
  5. Women like coffee sweeter while men do not care how theirs tastes like. Women will pay more for coffee rather than make their own at home. More men than women love to brew their coffee to capture the caffeine content that they look for in a coffee mug.
  6. Men also enjoy using the latest home-brewing machines in the market because men and gadgets are inseparable since time immemorial. Some women find them a wee bit too intimidating.
  1. Coffee consumption is almost the same across both genders though men lead by a small percentage compared to the women. Men consume 50% coffee while women drink about 32%
  2. Americans aged 55 years and above drink at least one coffee cup daily, making them the majority consumers of the beverage. US adults aged between 18 and 34 years drink less coffee daily.
  3. The majority of the women that drink coffee say they do so to relax, while the men say they consume the same to improve their energy levels and efficiency.
  4. 29% of both genders drink coffee because it helps them unwind and relax according to NCA's survey.
  5. 65% of coffee drinkers of all ages prefer to add sugar and/or cream to their coffee, while 35% like their coffee black.
  6. The majority of the coffee drinkers consume 65% of their coffee in the morning. 30% consume theirs in between meals while 5% drink theirs with other meals.

Consumption coffee by Gender and age

Coffee Consumption By Age Is As Follows

  1. 18-24:  47%
  2. 25-39: 64%
  3. 40-59: 62%
  4. Over 60: 72%

Coffee Statistics by Workplace

According to National Coffee Drinking Trends, coffee consumption at work is on the rise, irrespective of whether you work in the coffee industry or not. Below is the top coffee-drinking professional's list.

  1. Lab technicians and scientists
  2. PR professionals and Marketers
  3. Education Administrators
  4. Writers and Editors
  5. Healthcare administrators
  6. Physicians
  7. People in the food preparation departments
  8. College professors
  9. Social workers
  10. People in the finance profession
  11. Personal caretakers
  12. Human resource staff
  13. Nurses
  14. People working in government offices
  15. People in the trade industry

Coffee Statistics by Workplace

  • 46% of US workers are less productive without coffee according to claims
  • 61% drink more than 2 cups of coffee to get through the day
  • 49% admitted to NEEDING coffee as they work
  • Of the above group, editors, writers, government professionals, and teachers prefer their coffee with flavor.
  • Personal caretakers and human resources staff prefer their coffee with sugar and cream.
  • Hotel workers, judges, and lawyers prefer their coffee black.

Coffee Shops statistics

  • A single shop sells 230 coffee cups daily, which amounts to an average of 84,000 cups of coffee annually.
  • Even though Starbucks first started in Seattle, USA, Monaco has the highest number of Starbucks coffee branches with America a close second.
  • Coffee shops are the fastest-growing segments in the restaurant industry, with an annual growth rate of 7%.
  • The US has about 24,000 coffee shops, with Seattle leading the pack with several shops for every 100,000 residents. The number of coffee shops in the US is on the rise every year because of the coffee industry's growth rate.
  • The leading coffee shops are Starbucks with 14,875 stores globally, Dunkin Donuts with 9,570 stores and Caribou Coffee with 4,700 stores.

Average Prices in Coffee Shops

  • The most popular US coffee chains charge the following average prices per cup
    • Dunkin Donuts-$1.59
    • Caribou Coffee- 41.69
    • Starbucks- $1.89
  • The above coffee chains make up for 78% of all coffee shops in the USA
  • A cup of coffee costs an average of $2.99. Starbucks charges between $1.95 and $2.15 per cup of coffee


Mug sizes

Mug sizes are an important part of enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Even before you start the brewing process, you must have your mug ready to collect the brew. There are different types of coffee mugs, all suited for the type of coffee blend you are drinking.
If you are an espresso person, you will want to go with a small mug. If you like travelling with your coffee, you will probably go for a larger travelling mug. If you want to gift someone, a coffee mug, you will probably choose a medium sized branded mug. If you want extra coffee with more caffeine, you should go with the oversize mug.
A standard coffee mug holds anything between 8 and 10 ounces of coffee while the largest is a 20 to 25 ounce mug.

Average mug sizes for specialty coffees in ounces in the USA, according to Shutterfly are as follows;

  • Oversize mug 20-25
  • Oversized latte 20-25
  • Travel tumbler 15-29
  • Travel mug 15-20
  • Latte 11-15
  • Espresso 2-3
  • Cappuccino 5-6
  • Classic 8-15

Interesting Coffee Drinking Statistics

  • 59% of the coffee drinkers prefer specialty coffee blends, whereas 41% like non-specialty coffee
  • After water, coffee is the next most popular drink in many countries across the world
  • Over 1.6 billion cups of cups are consumed worldwide daily
  • 3 to 5 cups of coffee daily can help prevent symptoms associated with aging such as cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease
  • 2 cups of coffee daily can help to extend your life

The most popular coffee cups are:

  • A paper cup which is not eco-friendly nor easy to recycle
  • Styrofoam cup which some people consider to be carcinogenic and it is not eco-friendly
  • The plastic cup is not a favorite with recycling companies, and it does not keep coffee hot
  • Glass cup which does not come with any plastic aftertaste and it is both eco-friendly and recyclable
  • Double-walled metal cups that help to prevent burning from hot beverages, and they keep coffee hot. The cups, however, have a metal taste
  • Porcelain demitasse cups are a favorite with many consumers as they keep the coffee warm, and they do not affect the flavor. However, they are delicate and break easily
  • Ceramic demitasse is also a favorite with coffee drinkers as they also keep coffee warm and are less expensive than the porcelain
  • Traditional coffee mug comes in ceramic, porcelain, or earthenware. The price of the mug is low, and it holds more coffee
  • Branded coffee mugs are popular with companies as they come with their logos. They help to market the company's name, and they are available in different types of materials.

US Coffee Consumption Statistics

  1. A total of 400 million coffee cups per day is the total coffee Americans consume daily according to coffee drinking statistics. America is among the top coffee consumers across the globe.
  2. Coffee is not the only beverage that has caffeine. Other beverages that contain caffeine include soda, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks. 75% of Americans get their caffeine kick from consuming coffee more than they do from the other beverages.
  3. In a year, averagely each American drinks 146 cups of coffee, which goes to show just how obsessed they are with coffee. Even with this obsession, the Americans do not make it to the top ten countries of coffee consumers in the world.
  4. 5% of American adults take coffee daily.
  5. In the US, 9 ounces is the average measurement for a cup of coffee. In Japan, an average cup measures 6.7 ounces or 200 milliliters, while in Canada, it measures 7.6 ounces or 227 milliliters.
  6. Half would rather go without a shower of all the coffee consumers than skip their favorite cup of coffee. If you thought that technology is everything, you have not met coffee fanatics as 49% of them would rather give up their mobile phones for a month but not their coffee.
  7. The recommendation on the FDA's daily intake of coffee is 400 mg or 4 cups or less per day. On average, an American drinks 3.1 cups daily, which is as per the FDA recommendations.
  8. American consume over 400 million cups of coffee per day
  9. Coffee is among the three most recognizable smells in the USA
  10. Only two states in America grow coffee. the two states are Hawaii and California
  11. Americans tip an average of 11.4% for their coffee orders
  12. About 9% of coffee consumers in the USA order their coffee via mobile apps

Revenue in the Coffee segment amounts to US$67,663m in 2020 (Forecast adjusted for expected impact of covid -19 ,May 2020)


US cities with most coffee shops

If you are moving to America and you want to settle in a city that has a coffee shop around every corner, here is a list of the top coffee drinking cities to look out for:

City No. of people per one coffee shop

  1. Berkeley California 2,073
  2. Vancouver Washington 2,224
  3. San Francisco, California 2,297
  4. Seattle Washington 2,308
  5. Portland Oregano 2,322
  6. Salt lake Utah 2,427
  7. Minneapolis Minnesota 2,427
  8. Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 2,607
  9. Everett Washington 2,752
  10. Ann harbor Michigan 2,825

The following are the top choices for brewing coffee in the USA.

In the past five years, using drip coffee dropped by 24%, while single-cup brewing increased by 50%. Drip coffee makers are still the favorite means of brewing coffee for the majority of Americans that prefer to make their coffee at home. Espresso machines are also becoming popular with many households in America compared to a decade ago when only few people owned them.

According to statitsa, 12% of Americans today, brew their morning cup of coffee using espresso machines. The number of those using drip machines stands at 45% while those using other methods of brewing are about 30%. Other methods of brewing include AeroPress, French Press, Pour over, Moka pot, and single cup brewing, among others.

Coffee consumers in the USA prefer the following drinks to any other coffee blends.

  1. Cappuccino
  2. Caramel Macchiato
  3. Cold Brew
  4. Flat White
  5. Latte Macchiato

The most popular espresso-based coffees in the USA are as follows:

Americans love espresso based coffees and in majority of the coffee houses, they top the list of the available beverages in the house. According to National Coffee Association, the trend continues to grow with newer blends like flat white making it to the top choices. Latte and cappuccino remain the most favorite coffees while the others follow closely. The following are the percentages of the top espresso-based coffee blends in America.

  1. Cappuccino 33%
  2. Latte 33%
  3. Cold brew 28%
  4. Espresso 26%
  5. Mocha 23%
  6. Macchiato 18%
  7. Americano 18%
  8. Flat white 8%

Coffee Market

  • A cup of coffee in the US costs an average of $3.28, which is on the higher side, considering the amount of coffee the Americans drink daily.
  • In the year 2018, South America alone produced the highest amount of coffee with 81.5 bags. A coffee bag weighs 60 kgs, which means that the region produced well over 5 million tons of coffee.
  • The largest coffee exporter is Brazil. In the 1920s, the region was responsible for producing 80% of the total coffee in the world. A third of the world's total coffee comes from Brazil.
  • The most common coffee types include Arabica and Robusta. Colombia, which produces mainly mild Arabica, supplied the most expensive coffee beans in the year 2017. Arabica Coffee is more expensive than the Robusta.
  • US total coffee sales per year amount to about $5.2 billion, which depicts the potential of the coffee market and Americans' spending habits.

The number of people currently employed in the USA coffee market is approximately 27,098. The following are the approximate numbers of employees in the industry since 2010.

  • 2010- 13,000
  • 2011- 13,130
  • 2012-14,790
  • 2013-14,960
  • 2014-16,450
  • 2015-15,050
  • 2016-15,760
  • 2017-16,300
  • 2018-16,890
  • 2019-17,530
  • 2020-27,098

Coffee Plants

Coffee Plants facts

  • A healthy coffee plant can live for 100 years, but the average majority of the plants live for between 40 and 50 years, depending on the care they receive.
  • A mature coffee plant produces green coffee beans that weigh 5 pounds. After roasting the green beans' weight goes down to less than a pound, in 2016, Brazil recorded coffee beans amounting to 2.5 million metric tons.
  • Between Arabica and Robusta beans, the latter contains a higher content of caffeine. Coffee blends that go through the standard brewing procedures use Robusta. Robusta based coffees are stronger than Arabica based drinks such as espresso. Espresso contains a third of the total caffeine that you find in a standard "Cup of Joe."


Which Coffee variety is the most expensive in the world?


The most expensive coffee drink is the Kopi Luwak because of its unique extraction process. The process entails feeding coffee beans to an animal known as palm civet. The civet digests the beans to provide them with a unique flavor that you will not find in any other coffee beans.

The civet feces then go through the processing and brewing process, resulting in the most expensive drink in the world. A cup of Kopi Luwak sells for $320 or thereabouts. Other expensive coffees that come with unique flavors are

  • Hacienda La Esmeralda
  • Ospina
  • Helena Coffee
  • El Injerto Peaberry
  • Hawaiian Kona Coffee
  • Molokai Coffee
  • Fazenda Santa Ines
  • Esmeralda Gesha
  • Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

What are the dark sides of coffee production?

Coffee growing, processing, and consumption come with several dark sides. Some of them include:

  • Coffee production is linked to child labor and slavery
  • Some of the regions that grow coffee use pesticides and chemicals on the plants
  • The high global demand for coffee leads to the clearing of forests to pave the way for more coffee production
  • Processing and brewing coffee is water-intensive, which affects the availability of water use in some regions

How much does an average American spend on coffee annually?

According to Acorns Money Matters, an average American spends $20 on coffee per week, which adds up to slightly over $1,000 in a year.

Wrapping it up

Coffee statistics from the USA and other coffee drinking countries around the world make for a beautiful read, as they are very interesting. Some of them even sound unbelievable, but they are all true. If you are just joining the coffee drinking multitude, it is good to learn everything there is to learn about everything coffee.

We hope this article enlightens you on many of the things that you did not know about coffee. In case you have any questions or want to comment on anything about coffee statistics, reach out to us as we are here to listen and help. 


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