Coffee In The UK

United Kingdom has always been a tea loving country. In fact, this is what Britons are most known for, drinking tea in the afternoon every day. But, lately, coffee has been gaining on popularity, mostly thanks to influence from the US. In this infographic, we take a look at some coffee stats. Coffee arrived in the United Kingdom in 17th century. The first cafe was opened in Oxford in 1650. Early coffee houses in Britain were called ‘penny universities’. With only one penny, a person could buy a cup of coffee and find themselves in intellectually stimulating conversations. An myth states that coffee was discovered by goats in Ethiopia, who were found jumping around after grazing on coffee beans.

Coffee is by far the most popular drink in the world. Over 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed every year. On average, Britons consume only 1.7 kg of coffee per year - one of the lowest amounts in Europe. As example, in 2013, Britons spent £730 million on coffee.

Top 5 Coffee Consuming Countries (per capita)

1. Finland – 9.6 kg
2. Norway – 7.2 kg
3. Netherlands – 6.7 kg
4. Slovenia – 6.1 kg
5. Austria – 5.5 kg

People in UK drink 70 million cups of coffee per day, compared to 165 million cups of tea. Average British male coffee drinker drinks 13 cups per week, while average British female coffee drinker drinks 11.

How about instant coffee?

In 2012 UK market for coffee at home was worth more than £1bn annually, and it continues to grow. When buying coffee for drinking at home, 77% of Brits buy instant coffee. Comparison: Italy 1%, France 4%, USA 7%.  A study has shown that people who prefer drinking instant coffee are laid back and easy going people who love to procrastinate. In 2014 5.06 million people in UK used at least 4 cups of instant coffe per day, while 2.81 million people used instant latte.

And coffee shops?

At the end of 2013, there were 16,501 coffee shops across the UK. These are 4 largest coffee chains in the uk: 

  1. Greggs – 1621 shops
  2. Costa Coffee – 1582 shops
  3. Starbucks – 719 shops
  4. Caffe Nero – 508 shops

Some coffee quotes for the end!

„I would rather suffer with coffee than be senseless.“ Napoleon Bonaparte
„I never laugh until I've had my coffee.“ Clark Gable
„Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis - a good hot cup of coffee.“ Alexander King


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