It should come as no surprise that coffee can be found in almost every country in the world and that it is imported, roasted and consumed in staggering numbers.
The largest consumer of coffee is currently the European Union with Germany the biggest drinkers, followed by the United States of America and Brazil.
However, it’s the countries of Northern Europe, and in particular Scandinavian countries that come out on top when it comes to drinking coffee. They grind their way through an impressive twelve kilos of coffee per person, per year, according to stats from the International Coffee Organization (ICO).
Italy and the countries of the Mediterranean basin consume around 5kg per year per capita. Coffee is an integral part of Italian culture, with around eight million bags of green coffee beans imported annually. It should be noted, however, that the most common preparation methods in the Mediterranean countries – mocha and espresso – require smaller quantities of coffee per cup and that if the classification were based on the number of drinks consumed, these countries would certainly rise in the ranking.
Worldwide, filtered coffee is the preferred method of consumption, followed by espressos which is also used as the base ingredient for the preparation of popular milk-based drinks such as cappuccino.