Although there are big chunks of the world that barely touch coffee (looking at you South East Asia), plenty of us drink absolutely tons of the stuff. Interestingly, the obvious countries like the United States don’t rank that high on the list, and there might be a few other interesting surprises too! Our figures come from Euromonitor’s 2013 report, which detail all of the world’s largest coffee consumers, in kilograms of beans per capita.
Coffee is a huge part of western culture, and despite originating in the Middle East centuries ago, it’s come to be one of the big elements of the high street in the form of coffee shops like Costa and Starbucks. It’s a huge part of millions of people’s morning routines, but who drinks the most coffee? Here’s our top ten list.
Number. 10 – 4.8kg/Capita – Brazil
While Brazil is one of the biggest producers of coffee beans they’re pretty far from the biggest drinkers. While they dedicate many hectares of land to growing coffee, and it’s one of their biggest exports, they don’t drink as much as some of the others on this list.
Number. 9 – 4.9kg/Capita – Belgium
Although Belgium has a bigger association with chocolate and beer, they’re also pretty big on their coffee. If you’re around in Belgium, go enjoy a traditional breakfast of a strong cup of coffee, and a Belgian waffle.
Number. 8 – 5.2kg/Capita – Germany
Coffee has been popular in Germany and Northern Europe for centuries, and that continues to the current day. With a pretty significant step-up from Belgium, head over to Germany and try a traditional German breakfast of cold meat, bread, jam, and, of course, coffee.
Number. 7 – 5.3kg/Capita – Denmark
Famous for the curious combination of having the highest happiness index per capita, and Vikings, the Danes have a potent love for coffee, much like most of the Nordic countries, maybe it’s something to do with the colder climates.
Number. 6 – 5.4kg/Capita – Serbia
Serbians enjoy potent, black, Turkish coffee. Despite being more troublesome to make, requiring multiple boils and other hassles, Turkish coffee is a much more powerful flavour than your bog standard instant coffee, and the Serbians must enjoy it, as they drink it a lot, traditionally with most meals.
Number. 5 – 5.5kg/Capita – Austria
Austria is known for being a real culture destination, with Vienna being home to many amazing traditional coffee houses for you to check out between admiring the spectacular architecture, art galleries and museums.
Number. 4 – 6.1kg/Capita – Slovenia
Much like the Serbians, Slovenians love a cup of strong black Turkish coffee, served incredibly strong in small cups. Typically enjoyed in coffee cafes that are still very popular, strong black Turkish coffee is a great way to cope with the frigid winters Slovenia endures every year.
Number. 3 – 6.7kg/Capita – Netherlands
The Dutch have always been one of the more progressive countries in Northern Europe, even going back centuries. They were one of the first countries to start enjoying coffee as part of their diet, and that continues today. Typically enjoyed with cakes and pastries, the Dutch love a coffee.
Number. 2 – 7.2kg/Capita – Norway
Continuing the tradition of Nordic countries loving coffee, the caffeinated beverage is enjoyed by almost everyone, with the average Nord consuming two cups daily, generally with breakfast.
Number. 1 – 9.6kg/Capita – Finland
Winning with a pretty huge margin, the Finns consume almost three cups of coffee per person every day, with coffee being consumed basically all day, but with the Finns enjoying much lighter coffee roasts and blends, rather than the intense Turkish coffees you might find in Eastern Europe.