Figures, curiosities, surprises and coffee consumption habits in Europe told by Diba 70

by Leonardo Maggiore, consultant and training manager for HoReCa Diba 70

Over time, coffee quickly spread throughout the world and became an integral part of people’s different cultures. In recent times, Asian countries like Japan, Taiwan, South Korea have also undergone the fascination. People who have always been connected to the consumption of tea who today have switched to coffee-based drinks in their many forms, from soluble to domestic. , from the filter to the espresso up to the cappuccino.

The European Union with its approximately 44 million bags of coffee, Germany in the lead, the largest consumer in the world, followed by the United States with approximately 30 million bags and Brazil with almost 22 million. The countries of northern Europe, that is, the Scandinavian ones, are the absolute champions in the ranking of annual consumption per capita, where the correlation between countries with a cold climate and the consumption of the hot coffee drink is really not secondary.

First on the list is Finland with 12 kg of roasted beans per inhabitant. In this country, coffee is consumed practically all day. Every social event is always accompanied by a cup of very clear roasted coffee, which is perfectly suited to the filter extraction but also to the traditional Finnish cooking method, very similar to the Turkish extraction.

After Finland, we find Norway with approx. 9.9 kg per person. A crucial coffee for breakfast but also as an accessory for desserts at the end of the meal. Normally, a Norwegian consumes 4/5 cups of filter extract coffee.

Iceland follows with 9 kg per year. In Iceland, there are no large chain coffee shops, but many independent coffee shops scattered everywhere, especially in the capital Reykjavik, where they mainly serve cups prepared in filters.

Denmark, with its 8.70 kg of coffee consumed per capita, is in fourth place. Coffee is served at practically every moment of conviviality as well as at every meal and is accompanied by biscuits, sweets or small sandwiches.

Holland, the first country in Europe to trade coffee seeds since the early 17th century, could not be missing from this list. Its inhabitants consume about 8.4 kg of coffee a year. Amsterdam’s cafes are known for the quality and quantity of the cups served daily.

Much further away, on the other hand, is Italy, with its consumption of 5.9 kg per capita per year, and the rest of the various Mediterranean countries. It is necessary to underline that in Italy, and more generally in these countries, the mocha and espresso methods are used almost exclusively, requiring a smaller amount of coffee for each prepared cup.



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Published August 30, 2022

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