Coffee Statistics [Updated For 2022]

While researching some of my other coffee articles, I realised that there was a lot of conflicting figures online regarding the most fundamental statistics around coffee and the coffee industry.

I therefore spent a day digging around market research reports and industry associations to uncover the most recent and accurate data on coffee in 2022.

I tried to be as careful as possible to draw my statistics from reliable sources, and I will cite all these sources at the end of the article.

Top Coffee Statistics:

  • 66% of Americans drink coffee daily [1]
  • American coffee drinkers consume on average 3.1 cups of coffee each day [1]
  • American coffee drinkers drink 517 million cups of coffee each day [1]
  • Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world. They produce 37% of the world’s coffee. [2]
  • USA are the biggest consumers of coffee. They drink 745,000 tons of coffee a year [3]
  • American coffee drinkers spend on average $2,100 on coffee every year. [4]

USA Coffee Consumption Statistics

  • In the USA, 517 million cups of coffee are drank each day. This is a 29% increase from 2020 (400 million cups) and a 14% increase from 2021 (445 million) [1]
  • 66% of Americans drink coffee daily [1]
  • Americans spend on average $2,100 on coffee every year [4]
  • 53% of Americans say they will intentionally buy coffee that has a low carbon footprint or that ensures that growers get paid a fair wage. 47% of Americans say that this does not affect their consumer decision. [5]
  • Espresso is twice as popular as filter coffee among millennials. This is the first generation in the US where espresso is a more popular way of preparing coffee than drip/filter coffee.
  • Coffee is the most commonly drank beverage in the USA. In a typical day, more Americans will consume coffee than bottled water or tap water (see Table 1 for more information). [1]
  • The most popular way of making coffee at home in the US is drip/filter coffee. 41% of coffee made at home is brewed in this way (see Table 2 for more information) [1]
  • The most popular espresso based drink in the USA are cappuccino and latte with 17% of Americans preferring these two drinks (see Table 3 for more information). [1]

Table 1: Most popular drinks in the USA

BeveragePercentage of Americans who drink this daily
Coffee66%
Bottled Water54%
Tea48%
Tap Water42%
Soft drinks & Soda38%
Fruit Juice23%

Table 2: Most Popular ways of making coffee at home (USA)

Preparation MethodPercentage of coffee drinkers who prefer to make this coffee at home
Drip Coffee Maker41%
Pod Brewing (Nespresso, Keurig etc)27%
Instant Coffee18%
Cold Brewing9%
Espresso Machine8%

Table 3: Most popular espresso based drinks in the USA

Type of DrinkPercentage of coffee drinkers who drank this in the last week
Cappuccino17%
Latte17%
Espresso16%
Mocha13%
Americano14%
Macchiato9%
Flat White6%

Global Coffee Statistics

  • Around 2 billion cups of coffee are drank each day across the globe [2]
  • 34% of all the coffee in the world is drank as instant coffee, 11% is pod coffee, and the remaining 65% is either ground or whole bean. [7] [8]
  • The Netherlands is the country that drinks the most coffee per person. They drink an average of 18.25 pounds of coffee every year (see Table 4 for more information) [9]
  • Coffee is the sixth most consumed commercial beverage in the world after bottled water, tea, milk, carbonated soft drinks and beer (see Table 5 for more information). [10]
  • 90% of people consume caffeine to improve academic, work or athletic performance [21]

Table 4: Countries that drink the most coffee per capita

NationCoffee consumed per person (in lbs)
The Netherlands18.26 lbs
Finland17.16 lbs
Sweden16.72 lbs
Norway14.52 lbs
Canada12.10 lbs
Lebanon11.66 lbs
Germany11.44 lbs
Brazil11.22 lbs
Qatar11.00 lbs
Switzerland10.56 lbs
Italy10.34 lbs
Estonia9.46 lbs
Portugal8.88 lbs
USA7.70 lbs
France7.48 lbs

Table 5: Most popular commercial beverages in the world

BeveragePercentage of people who have consumed this in the last day
Tea20.9%
Bottled water15.3%
Milk12.8%
Carbonated soft drinks12.5%
Beer11.2%
Coffee8.2%
Still soft drinks2.7%
Fruit juice2.6%

Coffee Production Statistics

  • 103 million tons of coffee was produced in 2021. [11]
  • Brazil is the biggest producer of coffee in the world. They produce a third of the world’s coffee (see table below for more information). [11]
  • Every year Brazil produces 3,804,000 tons of coffee [11]
  • Between 1991-2021, Vietnam went from producing 0.1% to 17% of the world’s coffee.
  • About 55% of the coffee produced in the world is the Arabica variety. 43% is Robusta, 1% is Liberica and <1% is Excelsa. We have a dedicated post to the different type of coffee beans.

Biggest Coffee Producers in the World 2021

CountryAnnual Coffee Production (in metric tons)Percentage of the World's Coffee Production
Brazil3,378,00034%
Vietnam1,866,00019%
Colombia828,0008%
Indonesia634,0006%
Ethiopia445,2004%
Honduras408,0004%
Uganda357,0004%
India331,8003%
Peru240,0002%
Guatemala240,0002%
Mexico215,4002%
Nicaragua172,8002%
Malaysia120,0001%
China120,0001%
Costa Rica89,1001%
Cote D'ivoire88,2001%
Tanzania84,0001%
Kenya45,0000.6%
Papua New Guinea45,0000.6%
Thailand39,0000.5%
Laos33,0000.4%
Cameroon33,0000.4%
El Salvador31,6800.4%
Venezuela30,0000.4%
Philippines27,0000.3%
Rwanda21,0000.3%
Madagascar19,5000.2%
Burundi16,5000.2%
Ecuador15,6000.2%
DR Congo15,0000.2%
Guinea8,4000.1%
Dominican Republic7,5000.1%
Cuba6,0000.1%
Togo5,4000.1%
Sierra Leone4,8000%
Bolivia4,8000%
Panama4,6000%
USA2,1000%
Angola1,8000%
Jamaica9000%
Malawi6600%
  • The global coffee market was valued at $456.9 billion in 2020 [14]
  • $28.7 billion cups of coffee were dold by coffee shops in the US in 2021 [15]
  • $12.9 billion was spent globally on coffee machines in 2021. [16]
  • Coffee drinkers spend on average $230 a year on their habit. [14]
  • 78% of coffee drinkers prefer to drink coffee at home than at a coffee shop. [1]
  • 70% of people say they will not be buying regular coffees at coffee shops after the pandemic due to learning how to make high quality coffee at home. [20]
  • 15% of Americans drink coffee at a coffee shop every day. [1]

How Covid-19 Has Affected The Coffee Industry

  • In 2020 half of all coffee drinkers in the US purchased a device to make coffee at home. [17]
  • 20% of regular coffee shop customers in the US did not go for a coffee in 2020. [18]
  • 2020 was the first year that the number of coffee shops decreased in the USA. [19]
  • Global coffee machine sales rose by 81% between 2019 and 2021. [14]

References

[1] https://www.ncausa.org/Portals/56/PDFs/Communication/20220315_media_highlights.pdf

[2] https://britishcoffeeassociation.org/coffee-consumption/

[3] https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/coffee-consumption-by-country

[4] https://amerisleep.com/blog/caffeine-kick

[5] https://www.ncausa.org/Research-Trends/Market-Research/NCDT

[6] https://www.unleashedsoftware.com/blog/thanks-millennials-coffee-demand-growing

[7] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2014/07/14/almost-half-of-the-world-actually-prefers-instant-coffee/

[8] https://www.mordorintelligence.com/industry-reports/coffee-pods-and-capsules-market

[9] https://www.statista.com/chart/8602/top-coffee-drinking-nations/

[10] https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.3920/978-90-8686-739-4_31

[11] https://drinkycoffee.com/history-of-coffee/

[12] https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-25811724

[13] https://www.cafedirect.co.uk/shop/coffee-bean-types-and-their-characteristics/

[14] https://www.researchandmarkets.com/reports/5239776/global-coffee-market-value-volume-analysis

[15] https://www.mintel.com/press-centre/food-and-drink/us-coffee-house-sales-expected-to-reach-28-7-billion-by-2021

[16] https://www.statista.com/outlook/cmo/household-appliances/small-appliances/coffee-machines/worldwide

[17] https://swnsdigital.com/us/2020/09/nearly-half-of-americans-have-become-at-home-baristas-during-quarantine/

[18] https://www.ncausa.org/Portals/56/PDFs/Covid-19/20201013-Coffee-Covid-Highlights.pdf

[19] https://www.statista.com/statistics/1000058/number-of-coffeehouse-stores-in-the-us/

[20] https://nypost.com/2020/09/29/nearly-70-of-americans-claim-theyre-done-with-coffee-shops-after-months-of-being-at-home-baristas/

[21] https://www.precisionhydration.com/performance-advice/nutrition/should-athletes-use-caffeine/

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