The 10 Countries That Drink The Most Coffee In The World
As far as drinking coffee goes, most people associate the practice with the USA as it is constantly referred to in their TV shows and films but in terms of being a serious coffee drinking nation, this just isn't the case. In fact, it seems coffee drinking seems to be a far more Scandinavian custom than anything else and as we look into the top 10 countries for coffee drinking, America doesn't even make it into the top 10, in fact, it comes a paltry 16th.
We use coffee consumption per capita to rank these countries and here are the results.
The first of the Nordic nations on our list, it took a long time for coffee to make its way to Norway since it had no real mercantile or colonial power. It took 150 years for Europe to get coffee and even longer for it to make its way to the Northern tip. However Norwegians really became accustomed to it once it came their way and now tend to drink it strong, black and with regularity.
The reason seems to stem back to when Norway was governed by Denmark (between 1524 and 1814), a trading superpower who had a port located in St. Thomas, in what is now the Virgin Islands with a law stating that any good imported to the home nation via this port was duty-free. As such, Norwegians could get their hands on coffee far more cheaply than most other countries in the world and as such became obsessed with it. Now 1.128 cups of the black stuff are drunk per day per capita.
Eastern European countries seem to have seized upon coffee in recent decades with it booming in consumption from the mid-90s onwards. The reason for this: Communism...or lack thereof. Between 1945 and 1989, Poland was under communist rule and had restricted trade due to the cold war and often suffered food shortages. By 1989, Poland became a democratic and independent nation and instantly became intrigued by the images of the West they were being bombarded with including the consumption of coffee often paraded about in American media.
Now able to get their hands on a decent cup of joe, the Poles fell in love and now are one of the highest consumers of the caffeinated beverage with rates consumption coming in at 1.152 cups per day per capita.
8. Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has a historic cafe culture that would see trade from East to West and vice versa flow through the country and so coffee flowed into the capital city of Prague with a sense of regularity but Nazi and then Soviet occupation meant coffee became hard to come by for most of the 20th century due to trade restrictions.
Once the country did gain independence, the drink once again started to trickle back in and regain its popularity with 1.17 cups being downed per capita per day.
Serbian coffee culture dates back to when the region was part of the Ottoman empire where the coffee from Turkey was brought in by the occupying empire. Coffee houses serving, dark, sweet Turkish coffee called kafans became very popular and soon became the meeting place where town and village issues were discussed.
By the 20th-century, espresso cafes became more and more prevalent in the country serving just coffee and since women were at the time prevented from kafanas by a strong social prohibition they were often found in these coffee bars called kafics. Both establishments still exist in Serbia and go a long way to explaining why each day 1.188 cups of coffee per capita are drunk.