GUEST BLOG / By Angel Galland, Weaver’s Coffee & Tea writer--Worldwide we consume about 150 million bags of coffee a year, that's almost 10 million tons of coffee - you might be surprised to learn who is the top coffee consumer... and it's not the US!
While the earliest evidence of coffee drinking appeared in Yemen in the middle of the 15th century, which country today, is most fond of the much-loved coffee bean?
According to coffee consumption per capita – it's the Finns that come out on top. They grind their way through an impressive twelve kilos of coffee per person per year, according to stats from the International Coffee Organization (ICO). Finland's neighbors are just as hungry for coffee. Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden also make the top 10 coffee drinkers.
Based on data collated by WorldAtlas.com, these are the top 10 countries for consumption of coffee per capita:
Finland - 12 kg per person per year (26.5 lbs per year which are 2.2 lbs per month!)
Norway - 9.9 kg
Iceland - 9 kg
Denmark - 8.7 kg
Netherlands - 8.4 kg
Sweden - 8.2 kg
Switzerland - 7.9 kg
Belgium - 6.8 kg
Luxembourg - 6.5 kg
Canada - 6.2 kg
Looking around the world at how others drink their coffee:
Coming in at the top are Finnish coffee drinkers. A report from Nordic Coffee Culture found that 6% of Finnish women and 14% of men drink more than ten cups of coffee per day. Yes, that is a huge amount of coffee! The average consumption of coffee is 4-5 cups per day. Laws have been created to support this high intake. Finnish workers are legally required to be given an official coffee break, making Finland the only place in the world with a coffee break being part of the law.
The most popular coffees are very lightly roasted, but you can still get medium and dark coffee in the country. If you drink decaf, you may be out of luck, decaffeinated coffee is hard to come by with many coffee shops and supermarkets not stocking decaffeinated coffee due to low demand.
Coffee House, Pori, Finland
Liisankatu 2-4, 28100 Pori
Australians love coffee and the local coffee culture has been influenced by the strong Italian immigration, although to order an espresso you ask for a short black.
Australians claim they invented the flat white, steamed frothy milk over a double shot of espresso, but New Zealanders beg to disagree. While cappuccino is sometimes spelled with some poetic license (cupachino), Italian speakers who are not Australian residents might be surprised to find out that a latte (literally: milk) is a coffee similar to a flat white but with more frothed milk, and a piccolo (literally: small) is a ristretto with frothed milk, served in a small glass.
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30 Sackville Street, Collingwood, Victoria 3066
Drinking coffee is a social experience in Greece. Greek coffee is similar to espresso, but you cannot drink it standing up: sipping a coffee is meant to be a relaxing, enjoyable experience. In summer the most common choice would be a frappé (φραπές), an iced coffee. In Greece coffee is a perfect excuse for getting together with family or friends to have a chat about just about everything. If, after two hours, you still, have some coffee in your cup and found no solutions to your problems, there’s always the option of coffee cup reading to help you along!” Dina Gerolymou, Senior Producer.
Emmanoukil Benaki 7,
There are nice coffee shops sprinkled throughout the major cities in Indonesia. However, if you really want to experience Indonesian coffee culture you will need to get out in the streets and away from the malls. Kopi Tubruk is the most popular brewed coffee in the country, and in the warung kopi, road side stalls, you will find unstrained brewed coffee in a glass. Indonesians prefer to drink black coffee with sugar. Besides this plain coffee, people also serve coffee with herbs and spices like Kopi Jahe, ginger coffee.
To make a cup of Kopi Tubruk:
Add two teaspoons of fine or medium ground coffee (sugar is optional) into a cup
Boil the water and then add it to the cup at the boiling temperature
Stir so the water and the coffee grounds mix well
Let it stay and cook with the coffee for a few minutes until most of the ground coffee has settled in the bottom
Enjoy your coffee but leave the "mud" at the bottom alone. Don't drink it.
Coffee is more a family thing in Colombia and it goes generally with breakfast but coffee is also a beverage for cold weather. Even though Colombian coffee is considered one of the best in the world, Colombia doesn't have a big coffee culture.
"In our country the typical coffee is Tinto which is basically a long black. But for breakfast, it is more common to have coffee with milk which is the same as a ‘latte’." Carlos Colina, Senior Producer, SBS Spanish.
ColBru Coffee Shop
Carrera 10 #, Cl.1 Oe. #95
Coffee is an integral part of Italian culture, with around eight million bags of green coffee imported annually. Italians drink coffee either at home, where it is usually made in a moka pot, or in cafés, restaurants and workplaces, where it's dispensed from espresso coffee makers. It's served in tiny cups and it is usually sipped while standing at cafés, a must is the affogato: vanilla ice cream drowned in espresso!
Via del Babuino, 150/a
You may be surprised to know Brazil is ranked tenth in terms of coffee consumption per capita because it has been the world's largest producer of coffee for the last 150 years. Coffee is the national beverage in Brazil, and coffee is actually cafezinho (ca-fay-zee-nyo), which is almost a synonym for welcome in the country. Wherever you go, the minute you walk in the door, someone will pop the question would you like a cafezinho?
Here's a cafezinho recipe that has been handed down through the generations:.
Recipe for Traditional Cafezinho
1 tbsp of Espresso Coffee for every cup of water
Sugar to Taste
You will need a saucepan that you'll promise to use ONLY for making coffee.
Add water to the pan, add the sugar and dissolve well.
Bring to boil over medium heat.
When the water and sugar mixture boils, add the coffee powder, stir well and remove from heat immediately.
The next thing you'll need is a traditional cloth coffee strainer. If you don't have the real thing use a paper filter.
Pour into a tiny cup (like a demitasse).
Source: Maria's Cookbook
Sources: Coffee houses and images researched by www.pillartopost.org