Is your entire day structured around coffee? Do you count the minutes until your work break for an afternoon pick-me-up coffee? You aren’t the only one. In fact, Americans drink between two to three coffee cups a day, and the US is the 25th on the list of countries that drink the most coffee per capita.
Grab your espresso or your caffeinated poison of choice, and get ready to be blown away by some coffee statistics.
Coffee Drinks and Brewing Methods
- 52% of coffee drinkers prefer the V60, followed by AeroPess at 10% and Chemex at 7%, according to a survey of 412 coffee lovers (Pour Over Coffee Lovers).
- Search interest in pour over coffee has grown 35% over five years. However, search interest peaked in 2021 and has declined by 50% since then. (Google Trends).
- Consumption of espresso-based drinks (cappuccinos and lattes) has gone up by 50% since 2015. These drinks are especially popular in the 25 to 39-year-old population (NCA).
- One in five Americans under 40 drinks at least one cold brew and nitro coffee a week (NCA).
- The average barista uses a 1:2 brew ratio for espresso. The average espresso shot is 18 to 20 grams and is extracted in 25 to 30 seconds (Scan news).
- Americans drank 67 million lattes between June 2017 and 2018 (SCA).
- Cold coffee was among the top three coffee drinks in the US in 2021 (NCA)
Espresso And Espresso Machines
- 9% of survey participants in 2020 said they use an espresso machine at home, up from 1% in 2010, and down from 15% in 2017. (Statista).
- Search interest in espresso machines has grown by 113% over the past five years (Google Trends).
Coffee Machine Usage
- Americans are 24% less likely to use a drip coffee maker now compared to 2015 (NCA).
- 41% of coffee drinkers in the US use a drip coffee maker. Next is a single-cup system (27%), cold brew (9%), and espresso machine (8%) (NCA).
- Usage of drip coffee machines is declining, while usage of single-cup coffee machines is up 50% compared to 2015 (NCA)
Single Serve Coffee Machine Use
- The single-serve coffee market generated $16 billion of sales in 2021 (Craft Coffee Spot).
- 60 billion coffee pods were consumed in 2021 (Craft Coffee Spot).
- Only 27% of people recycle their coffee pods; the pods thrown away in the trash could make 2,600 full airplanes (Craft Coffee Spot).
- The popularity of single-cup brewing machines has increased by 50% in the last five years (NCA).
- 30% of survey respondents indicated Keurig is their coffee machine brand (Statista).
- Sales of single serve brewers were close to 6 million, while sales of traditional brewers were under 5 million in Q4 of 2020 (Keurig).
- 33 million households used a Keurig in 2020, up from 7 million in 2011 (Keurig).
- 35% of US households use a single-serve coffee maker, compared to 40% of Canada, 50% of EU and UK combined, 67% in Belgium, and 71% of households in France (Craft Coffee Spot).
World Coffee Statistics
- Total coffee consumption worldwide in 2020/2021 was 166.63 million 60kg bags of coffee (Statista).
- Half of the world’s coffee is produced in South America — 77.46 million 60-kilogram bags in 2021 (Statista).
- Brazil is the largest coffee-producing and exporting country with 22.400 60 kg bags exported in 2022/2021 (ICO).
- The European Union is the largest coffee importer with 40.251 60 kg bags imported in 2020/2021. The US is second with 26.982 60 kg bags imported (ICO).
- From February 2021 to February 2022, Arabica exports were 80.8 million bags, while Robusta export was 48.6 million bags (ICO).
- Finland consumes the most coffee per person, with the average Finn drinking four cups a day, or 26 lbs of coffee per year (World Population Review).
US Coffee Statistics
- 66% of Americans drink coffee every day (NCA).
- 7 in 10 Americans drink coffee every week (NCA).
- Americans drink 3 coffee cups a day on average, which equates to 400 million cups per day and 146 billion cups per year (NCA).
- 2019 coffee market revenue in the US was over 82 billion US dollars (Statista).
- Columbia is the largest coffee trading US partner. The US imported 1.14 billion US dollars worth of Colombian coffee. Brazil exports 1 billion worth of coffee to the US, and it’s in second place (Statista).
- In 2021, 58% of survey participants in the US said they drank coffee the previous day.
- The US had the highest coffee market revenue worldwide in 2021 — 8.11 billion dollars (Statista).
- Coffee consumption reached a 20-year high in 2022, with 60% of Americans drinking coffee every day (NCA).
Coffee Drinking in the US According to Regions
- US Northeast drank about 1.97 cups of coffee per capita per day. The South drank around 1.8 cups of coffee (Statista).
- US Northeast residents are 15% more likely to have an espresso-based drink than Midwest coffee drinkers (NCA).
- West Coast likes gourmet coffee beans 50% more than the South (NCA).
Coffee Drinking in the US According to Age Groups
- 50% of 18 to 24-year-olds said they drink coffee, while 70% of seniors said they drink coffee (Statista).
- People over 70 drink around 2.18 cups of coffee a day (Statista).
- Seniors drink about three times more coffee cups per day compared to the younger population (Statista).
- More than a third of 18 to 29-year-olds regularly visit a coffee shop, while only a quarter of 50 to 64-year-olds does the same (Statista).
- 40% of respondents aged between 30 and 59 are more likely to use a drip coffee maker (Statista).
- Coffee drinkers over 60 are two times more likely to drink traditional coffee than 18 to 24-year-olds (NCA).
- Americans younger than 40 increased coffee drinking by 40% since 2015 (NCA).
Coffee Shop Statistics
- Starbucks is the biggest coffee shop chain both in the US and worldwide with revenues of 60.3 billion in 2021 (Statista).
- Denver, Colorado, was the most searched city for coffee shops in the US between September 2020 and September 2021 with 75.000 Google searches. Nashville, Tennessee, was second with 68.000 (Statista).
- 48% of daily coffee drinkers buy coffee at a cafe, restaurant, donut shop, or through a drive-through (NCA).
- There were 22,700 branded coffee shops in Europe in 2017 and over 27,900 in the US (Alegra Strategies).
- 60% of coffee served in the US is made from premium beans. (NCA).
- Robusta beans have a higher caffeine content than Arabica — 2.7% to 1.5% (Hayman Coffee).
- UK residents paid the most for imported coffee per lb in 2020 ($12.91), while Polish and the Dutch paid the least ($2.81) (ICO).
- Washington has the most expensive coffee. The average price for a cup of coffee in Seattle is $3.92 (Saving Spot).
- The average price for a cup of coffee in the US in 1970 was $0.25, and $1.59 in 2019 (Sage Financial Group).
- An average American spends $1,100 on coffee a year, which is around $92 a month (The Motley Fool).