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Coffee Facts

Coffee Consumption

Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide with around two billion cups consumed every day.

  • In the UK, we now drink approximately 95 million cups of coffee per day1

  • 80% of UK households buy instant coffee for in-home consumption, particularly those aged 65 and older2

  • Ground coffee and single-serve coffee pods are becoming increasingly popular, particularly amongst millennials (aged 16 – 34) who account for 16% of all buyers3

  • On the high street, café culture has also continued to boom, 80% of people who visit coffee shops do so at least once a week, whilst 16% of us visit on a daily basis2


1. Centre for Economics and Business Research, Coffee and Its Impact on the UK Economy, April 2018

2. Kantar Worldpanel, August 2016

Coffee Growing

  • Generally, coffee is grown within 1,000 miles of the equator, from the Tropic of Cancer in the north, to the Tropic of Capricorn in the south.
  • Coffee grows in more than 50 countries and is the second largest export in the world after oil (in dollar value).
  • Central and South America produce approximately two thirds of the world’s coffee supply.
  • The main suppliers of coffee in the world are Brazil, Colombia and Vietnam, with Brazil contributing around 30% of the total.
  • Hawaii is the only US state in which coffee is grown commercially.


Coffee Beans

  • There are two main commercial types of coffee bean – Robusta and Arabica. Robusta coffee grows best at lower altitudes whereas Arabica is better suited to higher altitudes.
  • It takes 42 coffee beans to make an espresso.