With Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Folgers, Maxwell House and a healthy specialty coffee industry one would think the United States would be in the top 5. Not so.
The United States is 16th.
Top Coffee Drinking Countries
What I find interesting is all the top countries are northern europe, some of the farthest away from the equator or coffee growing belt.
Not 100% sure what the reason for this is. Perhaps the fact that it is colder, perhaps the fact they have a high standard of living. Not really sure.
What I do know is that these countries have shown up in many of the books and articles I have read about some of the highest prices paid for specialty coffee. I wondered why are these smaller countries always setting the records for highest prices paid. Now I know why these countries drink lots and lots of coffee.
Bottom Drinking Countries
If you look at the bottom of the list you will see many of the biggest coffee producing countries, Ecuador, Vietnam, Kenya Mexico.
I was also sort of surprised to see many of the leading coffee producing nations appear at the bottom but then again not really.
Much of what I have read about coffee farmers says that they do not drink that much coffee and they do not drink the specialty coffee that they grow. They would rather sell their crop for more money and drink the cheaper stuff. It was interesting to see that these countries as a whole do not drink much coffee.