My sister shared an article with me via BBC the other day filled with interesting facts regarding coffee. The article, by Lora Jones, references the UN Food and Agriculture Organization in stating that more people are consuming coffee than ever before, hence I thought it would be neat to regurgitate some of the information Jones cites in her article.
Coffee, produced in over 50 countries, is one of the globe’s most popular beverages. Brazil produces the most coffee out of any other geographical location, generating more than 51 million bags of beans between 2017 and 2018. The second largest producer? Vietnam. India, Sri Lanka, and Honduras aren’t far behind.
India, which is also one of the world’s largest tea producers, produced 5.8 million 60kg bags of coffee in 2017-18, with neighbouring Sri Lanka producing 33,000.
The article references the Fairtrade Foundation and states that over 125 million people rely on coffee for their livelihoods and that roughly 25 million smallholder farms produce 80% of the world’s coffee.
Fun fact: Fairtrade coffee farmers can produce, on average, 560,000 tonnes of coffee in a calendar year, which Jones explains to be enough to make over 58.9 billion single espressos.
As for who drinks the most coffee in a global context, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Germany make up to top ten largest coffee consumers, in that order.
In accordance with the International Coffee Organization, UK customers paid more than any others in 2016 for coffee – $16.29 (£11.45) per pound of soluble coffee.
What about biggest names in coffee, you ask? Starbucks takes the cake in the US with more than 13,500 stores, but Costa Coffee is the largest chain in Europe, with 2,755 locations throughout.
And lastly, the most popular coffee beverage on average is a latte, with over 930 million sold in 2018 in the UK. Cappuccinos run a close second, with 800 million being sold in 2018 in the UK.
Neat stuff, right? Just some food for thought next time you’re sipping on your steaming cup of jo.
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