How much coffee do Europeans drink every year?
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We looked at the tea consumption in Europe before. Which was quite high in Turkey, Ireland, the UK and Russia. But for most European countries, coffee is consumed much more than tea. Europeans are one of the biggest consumers of coffee in the world.
Personally, I always thought Finland and other Northern European countries were the biggest consumers of coffee. That seem to be mostly true. But what surprises me, is the enormously high consumption of coffee in Luxembourg, which is more than double that of no. 2 Finland. I’m very sceptical about this number and have a suspicion that it might be caused by people from neighbouring countries buying coffee in Luxembourg because it might be cheaper. It could also be skewed due to the small population size of Luxembourg. Sadly I can’t confirm this. So, for the time being, I’m going assume the number is correct, although I’m still suspicious about it.
There seems to be a very clear pattern here. The Nordic countries are definitely the biggest coffee drinkers in Europe. The German speaking countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland also consume a decent amount of coffee. Bosnia and Montenegro also consume a significant amount of coffee.
Near the bottom, we find the world’s largest consumer of tea, Turkey. Turkish people definitely prefer tea over coffee.
Data for this map comes from the FAO.