Have you ever wondered which Country drinks the most coffee? Or which countries have the biggest “coffee culture”?
The question isn’t quite as easy to answer as it seems. Do you want to know the overall consumption of coffee by weight, or per capita? What about the percentage of coffee drinkers in each country?
Keep reading and we’ll take a deep dive into the world of coffee and discover which countries have the strongest coffee game.
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What Country Drinks the Most Coffee Per Person? (in kg per capita)
If you’re looking for the countries that outrank the rest of the world in terms of coffee consumption, this is it.
Check it out, and you may be surprised who did (and didn’t) make the top 49 Counties that drink the most coffee per capita!
Note: Keep in mind that this data is based on the amount of coffee drank per person in each given country overall, not a total of the overall coffee consumption of each country.
Here’s the top 49 Countries that drink the most coffee per capita:
|Country||Coffee Consumed (Per Capita)|
|1. Finland||9.6 kg|
|2. Norway||7.2 kg|
|3. Netherlands||6.7 kg|
|4. Slovenia||6.1 kg|
|5. Austria||5.5 kg|
|6. Serbia||5.4 kg|
|7. Denmark||5.3 kg|
|8. Germany||5.2 kg|
|9. Belgium||4.9 kg|
|10. Brazil||4.8 kg|
|11. Bosnia-Herzegovina||4.3 kg|
|12. Estonia||4.2 kg|
|13. Switzerland||3.9 kg|
|14. Croatia||3.8 kg|
|15. Dominican Republic||3.7 kg|
|16. Costa Rica||3.7 kg|
|17. Macedonia||3.6 kg|
|18. Italy||3.4 kg|
|19. Canada||3.4 kg|
|20. Lithuania||3.3 kg|
|21. France||3.2 kg|
|22. USA||3.1 kg|
|23. Poland||3.1 kg|
|24. Hungary||3.1 kg|
|25. Spain||3 kg|
|26. South Korea||2.6 kg|
|27. Algeria||2.6 kg|
|28. Australia||2.6 kg|
|29. Portugal||2.6 kg|
|30. Slovakia||2.5 kg|
|31. Latvia||2.5 kg|
|32. Greece||2.4 kg|
|33. Czech Republic||2.3 kg|
|34. Bulgaria||2.3 kg|
|35. Tunisia||2.2 kg|
|36. Singapore||2.1 kg|
|37. Guatemala||2 kg|
|38. Romania||1.9 kg|
|39. Israel||1.8 kg|
|40. United Kingdom||1.7 kg|
|41. Thailand||1.6 kg|
|42. Venezuela||1.6 kg|
|43. Japan||1.5 kg|
|44. Colombia||1.4 kg|
|45. Malaysia||1.3 kg|
|46. New Zealand||1.3 kg|
|47. Georgia||1.3 kg|
|48. Philippines||1.2 kg|
|49. Mexico||1.2 kg|
1. Finland: (9.6 kg per capita)
We’re willing to bet that Finland is probably not the first country that comes to mind when you think of coffee drinkers.
But it’s true— the Finns drink more coffee per person than anyone else in the world, and they’ve been doing it for years.
Nearly all of the “kahvi”, or coffee, that’s consumed in Finland is very lightly roasted, with darker roasts making up a very small percentage of the total. Espresso is also a relatively new thing in Finland, though its popularity is growing steadily!
2. Norway: (7.2 kg per capita)
Coming in second is another Scandinavian country, this time Norway. There’s no doubt about it—the Norwegians take their coffee seriously.
Coffee is usually enjoyed during breakfast and as a nightcap after dinner, but all the coffee drunk at work can add up, too.
In fact, the word “fika” is used to describe a daytime break where coffee is served, usually alongside something sweet.
Kokekaffe is the name for a traditional Norwegian brewing method in which water is brought to a boil in a kettle, and then the coffee is added and allowed to steep for about 4 minutes.
3. Netherlands (6.7 kg per capita)
There’s a reason the Dutch are near the top of this list. In fact, coffee is so widely available and common in the Netherlands that you may find yourself overindulging.
Coffee is often served for free at establishments like banks, and you’re sure to be offered a cup if you’re invited to a friend’s home.
At home, the Dutch love to make large pots of filtered coffee, although the convenience of single-serve coffee capsule machines are growing as well.
Out of doors, it’s easy to find a nice cafe or two, but don’t confuse them with a “coffee shop” as coffee won’t be the main item on the menu in these establishments 🙂
4. Slovenia: (6.1 kg per capita)
It’s likely that you don’t think of Slovenia when you think of coffee-loving countries, but the coffee culture in Slovenia is robust, diverse, and vibrant.
Slovenians prefer Turkish coffee, but they do it a little differently than their southern-European neighbors.
They don’t have time for the tiny 1-2 ounce cups you might expect when you think of Turkish coffee; instead, they prefer large mugfuls of thick, dark, caffeinated goodness, and they’re not afraid to load on the cream and sugar, either.
And while they have a rich history of traditional Turkish coffee, Slovenians are embracing new specialty coffee in droves!
5. Austria: (5.5 kg per capita)
Austrians don’t just have a culture around coffee; the “kaffeehaus”, or coffeehouse, is a cultural institution in Austria and a crucial part of the country’s social framework.
People come to the cafes and coffeehouses to gather, socialize, debate, work, or simply enjoy the ambience, and they can spend hours doing just that.
How do the Austrians like their coffee? One of the most popular coffee beverages is the melange, which is coffee served with equal parts milk and foam, sometimes topped with cinnamon, and usually served in a glass rather than a mug.
And no cup of coffee in Austria is complete without a delicious cake or pastry!
6. Serbia: (5.4 kg per capita)
Like many of the top coffee-drinking countries on this list, Serbians consider coffee a major part of the social fabric of their country, and can often find themselves drinking coffee over good food and conversation at any time of the day.
The most popular way to drink coffee in Serbia is in the Turkish style, meaning it’s a strong, thick, dark coffee made in a “dzezva”, which is a copper or brass pot where the water and coffee are boiled together for several minutes.
Turkish coffee is typically served with sugar to counteract how strong it is.
7. Denmark: (5.3 kg per capita)
Much like its other Scandinavian counterparts, Denmark has a huge coffee drinking culture geared mainly around socializing slowing down for a bit.
It’s almost completely standard to take a “kaffeepause” during the workday, and you’d expect to find a coffee machine in most workplaces.
Danes love filter coffee, but there’s been a significant rise in the popularity of single-serve capsule machines like Keurig and Nespresso in the last few years.
Danish coffee drinkers also love organic, fair trade, and healthier versions of coffee, so they actively seek out low-sugar and low-calorie options.
8. Germany: (5.2 kg per capita)
It’s no surprise that Germany made the list as one of the world’s top coffee drinking countries, since about 87% of German adults drink it daily.
The Germans love their coffee simple and straightforward, with a nice mild taste (you won’t find many dark roasts).
A regular cup of coffee, usually black or with very little cream and sugar, is usually the way to go.
However, there has been a recent shift lately in the preferences of German coffee drinkers.
Espresso is beginning to become more popular, but even those who still love their drip or French press coffee are looking for organic, fair trade, and quality beans.
9. Belgium: (4.9 kg per capita)
Another European country with a big love of coffee, Belgium is actually one of the primary points of entry for imports of coffee into Europe, and it’s the third largest green coffee importer in Europe, after Germany and Italy.
So it’s no wonder that Belgium itself has a vibrant coffee culture. But Belgians aren’t the type to grab a takeaway coffee from the nearest cafe, and they prefer a slower approach.
When going into a Belgian cafe for a coffee, the most popular order will be a short pull, or “petit espresso” with a cookie on the side!
10. Brazil: (4.8 kg per capita)
Brazil is one of the world’s major producers of coffee beans, so it makes sense that Brazilians drink a whole lot of the stuff.
So what kinds of coffee are Brazilians drinking? All around this diverse and vibrant country you’ll find people drinking cafezinho, which is a dark-roasted black coffee with sugar or “rapadura”, Brazil’s native unrefined sugar.
Some may also prefer to add milk. And Brazilians brew their coffee in a special way, using a fabric coffee filter called a colador, also known as a “ coffee sock”.
*United States: (3.1 kg per capita)
Many Americans would be surprised to hear that the United States doesn’t even crack the top 10 in terms of coffee consumption per capita— in fact, the USA comes in at number 25.
While the Americans that do drink coffee drink quite a bit of it, a large section of the population has coffee rarely or doesn’t drink it at all.
The National Coffee Association estimates that 62% of American adults drink coffee everyday, and those regular drinkers average 3 cups per day.
*United Kingdom: (1.7 kg per capita)
While the UK remains a major consumer of coffee worldwide, the amount of coffee consumed per capita puts them at number 40 out of 50.
This could be because, at least compared to other countries on this list, there’s not as much of an established coffee culture in the UK.
In fact, in 1625, King Charles II tried — and failed — to crush the growing popularity of coffeehouses in England, since they had become venues for political debates and reformist ideas.
While coffee did remain a somewhat popular beverage over the coming centuries, it never quite gained the foothold in British culture that tea did, at least not until a few decades ago.
The Top 10 Countries That Drink the Most Coffee in the World (by Metric Tons per Year)
So what’s the difference between this measurement and the per capita rankings? The per capita measurement refers to the average amount that each citizen drinks over a period of time.
But this measurement refers to the overall total amount of coffee that is consumed in the country as a whole.
With that in mind, many of the countries with a low per capita rate of coffee consumption might show up much higher on this list from the World Resources Institute.
If you are interested in the origins of coffee then we recommend you check out our new article that shares all you need to know about The History Of Coffee in an easy to follow timeline.
Here’s the top 50 Countries that drink the most coffee per year:
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|Country||Coffee Consumed (Per Metric Ton)|
|1. United States||1,290,720 mt|
|2. Brazil||1,086,000 mt|
|3. Germany||531,880 mt|
|4. Japan||419,925 mt|
|5. Italy||349,117 mt|
|6. France||330,638 mt|
|7. Russia||243,299 mt|
|8. Canada||212,077 mt|
|9. Spain||201,271 mt|
|10. United Kingdom||167,500 mt|
|11. Netherlands||137,525 mt|
|12. Mexico||132,000 mt|
|13. Indonesia||120,000 mt|
|14. Algeria||118,101 mt|
|15. Ethiopia||109,980 mt|
|16. Poland||91,847 mt|
|17. India||85,800 mt|
|18. Korea||85,487 mt|
|19. Columbia||84,000 mt|
|20. Sweden||74,658 mt|
|21. Belgium/Luxembourg||74,014 mt|
|22. Philippines||63,600 mt|
|23. Finland||63,414 mt|
|24. Ukraine||63,406 mt|
|25. Australia||61,878 mt|
|26. Greece||60,876 mt|
|27. Vietnam||60,000 mt|
|28. Switzerland||58,839 mt|
|29. Austria||50,899 mt|
|30. Romania||49,414 mt|
|31. Denmark||47,592 mt|
|32. Norway||46,285 mt|
|33. Venezuela||45,600 mt|
|34. Portugal||45,532 mt|
|35. Czech Republic||40,738 mt|
|36. Argentina||38,603 mt|
|37. Saudi Arabia||38,383 mt|
|38. Serbia and Montenegro||36,827 mt|
|39. Hungary||31,032 mt|
|40. Thailand||30,000 mt|
|41. Madagascar||28,020 mt|
|42. Morocco||27,804 mt|
|43. Honduras||27,600 mt|
|44. Turkey||26,900 mt|
|45. Israel||25,782 mt|
|46. Sudan||24,198 mt|
|47. Malaysia||24,083 mt|
|48. Bosnia and Herzegovina||23,968 mt|
|49. Croatia||23,180 mt|
|50. Dominican Republic||22,680 mt|
1. United States: (1,290,720 mt)
It’s no wonder that the US is at the top of the list in terms of the sheer amount of coffee consumed.
With the constant on-the-go and workaholic culture in the US, coffee has become a mainstay for many Americans.
And there’s an incredible variety of the kinds of coffee that Americans drink, from your classic dark-roast diner coffee to Starbucks and other chain coffee shops to premium single-origin hipster cafes, and everything in between.
Because the United States is a cultural melting pot, it’s easy to find different brewing methods from around the world.
But what’s the most popular coffee beverage in the country? According to the Specialty Coffee Association, it’s the classic latte.
2. Brazil: (1,086,000 mt)
Everyone knows that Brazilians love their coffee; in fact, they’re one of the only countries to make both of our lists!
With a naturally abundant supply of Arabica beans growing in Brazil, it’s no wonder coffee is such a popular beverage.
In fact, Brazil produces more than a third of the world’s coffee, and about 95 percent of adults report drinking coffee on a regular basis.
And Brazilians don’t have to wait for a certain time of day to have their coffee, either. Whether they’re looking for a quick cup of black coffee, specialty espresso, or a chain restaurant like Starbucks, coffee is more than just a beverage in Brazil, it’s a way of life.
3. Germany: (531,880 mt)
Germany is a country with a large coffee-drinking population, and a more relaxed approach to coffee, compared to other countries with a stricter or more established coffee culture.
Germans love to have a cup of coffee at any point in the day, with no real rules or traditions about how it should be prepared.
And while filter coffee reigns supreme in Germany, there are a few traditional variations and coffee beverages that stand out as favorites, like the Pharisäer Kaffee, which is essentially a long pull coffee with a shot of rum!
4. Japan: (419,925 mt)
Japan is generally known for its tea, so it might be surprising to see that it ranks as one of the top consumers of coffee.
The Japanese began drinking coffee as it was introduced to the country by Dutch and Portuguese traders in the sixteenth century, and the Japanese culture around coffee has been growing and evolving ever since.
In terms of the type of coffee that Japanese people love, instant coffee is actually the most popular, at least when drinking coffee at home.
When out and about, the Japanese will reach for regular brewed coffee at a cafe, or bottled or canned coffee that comes from a nearby vending machine.
5. Italy: (349,117 mt)
It’s no surprise that Italy is on this list— espresso, latte, and cappuccino are all Italian words, after all.
Italy’s real love for coffee began with the invention of the espresso machine in the late 19th century, and it’s only grown since then.
Drinking coffee is a purely social activity in Italy, with all the rules and rituals that go along with it. For one, it’s common to stand up at the bar and have a chat with your barista or other patrons.
And when it comes to coffee and espresso drinks, the cappuccino stands out as the most popular.
6. France: (330,638 mt)
But are the French as serious about coffee as they are about the rest of their food? Of course they are!
The French place huge emphasis on the quality of their ingredients and food, and coffee is no exception.
A shot of espresso, or “un Café” is the standard coffee drink in France, and the quality of the beans is just as important as the taste.
But if you go to a French cafe and order un Café, rather than being served by a barista like you would in Italy, Spain, or the US, you’ll be served by a waiter pouring you a fresh cup of espresso from a carafe.
7. Russia: (243,299 mt)
For years, instant coffee was much more popular with Russians than traditional ground coffee. But that’s been changing lately — espresso is on the rise as instant coffee becomes slightly less popular.
And what’s the most popular coffee drink with Russians? That would be the cappuccino.
But it’s difficult to talk about the coffee culture of Russia as a whole due to its sheer size and diversity; roasters in Moscow will have a completely different way of doing things than roasters in St. Petersburg!
8. Canada: (212,077 mt)
While Canada may not be known for its own unique coffee culture, coffee is a big part of a Canadian’s daily life.
In 2018, 72 percent of Canadians had a cup of coffee within the last 24 hours. So what kinds of coffee do Canadians love to drink? When you think of Canadian coffee, you likely think of TIm Hortons, and you’d be right to do so —they have a 59 percent share in the domestic market.
But there’s so much more to Canadian coffee than one chain! When Canadians make their coffee at home, they prefer a standard drip machine with quality, fresh ground beans.
But when they’re out and about they prefer an espresso from a local cafe (lattes are a popular beverage as well).
9. Spain: (201,271 mt)
While Spaniards might not consume as much coffee per capita as their Scandinavian counterparts, coffee is so deeply embedded into the culture and daily life of Spain that you’d be hard pressed to find someone living there that doesn’t drink coffee.
A delicious cafe con leche is a popular way to start the day, but Spaniards don’t stop there. You can go just about anywhere in Spain and get a coffee or espresso, from restaurants and bars to bakeries and cafes.
And no Spanish coffee break is complete without something sweet, like a magdalena or napolitana.
10. United Kingdom: (167,500 mt)
Generally, you won’t find as many coffee drinkers in the UK as you will in other countries, but the rise in coffee shops, cafes, and tearooms has been growing steadily over the past few decades, putting the country on the map as a major consumer of coffee.
In fact, when determining the most popular beverage in the UK, the Statista Global Consumer Survey found that coffee and tea were actually tied, with 63% of the country drinking both beverages in equal measure.
When drinking coffee at home, Brits tend to stick to black drip coffee, while lattes and cappuccinos are popular choices when out at cafes and coffee shops.