Many of us can’t imagine starting our day without drinking coffee in the morning, as it gives us the energy boost we need to make it through the day. While it’s well-known that caffeine can adversely affect your sleep patterns, moderate coffee consumption can have many positive health benefits. According to some studies, this delicious beverage can prevent liver cancer and mitigate the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
Although more research is needed to examine the health benefits of coffee, we’ll focus on the percentage of people who drink coffee, globally.
How Many Americans Drink Coffee?
As you know, Americans love a cup of coffee. However, Americans lag far behind their European counterparts in coffee intake—the United States ranks 25th in coffee intake at 9.26 lbs of coffee consumption per person each year, while Finland ranks first at 26.45 lbs per person each year.
According to the National Coffee Association, 62% of Americans consume coffee each day, and 7 in 10 Americans consume coffee every week. E-Imports also reports that Americans drink over 400 million cups of coffee per day. Typically, coffee drive-throughs sell 250 cups of coffee each day, although many coffee drinkers opt for making coffee at home, such as with bean-to-cup machines.
In addition, Americans get 75% of their caffeine from coffee. Apart from coffee, other popular sources of caffeine include energy drinks, tea, and chocolate. Many health benefits of coffee aren’t linked to its caffeine content, but rather to the coffee itself, which can be a rich source of antioxidants. If you want the benefits of coffee but hate its bitter taste, check out our latest article on making coffee sweeter.
What Are the Demographics of Coffee Drinkers?
Who consumes coffee? Let’s look at different coffee drinkers:
- 62% of men drink coffee daily compared to 66% of women. So, when it comes to gender, statistics show there’s no significant difference in the consumption of coffee among men and women.
- Workers with a higher income drink more coffee. For instance, 66% of workers who earn over $30,000 drink coffee, compared to 58% of those who earn less than that figure.
- Seniors drink more coffee, with 74% of American adults over 55 years consuming at least one cup daily. Conversely, American adults aged between 18 years and 34 years old drink less coffee.
- According to the National Coffee Association, younger coffee drinkers drink more gourmet coffee than other age groups. US coffee statistics show that 32% of millennials prefer lattes and cappuccinos, and 22% love espresso.
Common Behaviors Among Coffee Drinkers
Here, we’ll look at the typical consumer trends among those who drink coffee:
- 65% of American adults consume coffee during breakfast, 30% consume coffee between their meals, and 5% consume it with other meals, including lunch and dinner. Some studies report that the best times for drinking coffee are between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
- 79% of Americans make their coffee at home. A survey by the NCA shows Americans often drink their coffee at home, and only 36% of the participants said they had recently bought coffee elsewhere.
- Nearly 29% of American coffee drinkers consume coffee to relax.
As you can see from the statistics, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the United States and across the world. The fact that nearly 70 million Americans have chronic insomnia could be why so many people require an energy boost, and even those without sleeping disorders often drink coffee to relax and get more energized, making the drink a daily staple for many Americans.
If you’re looking for a new, convenient method to brew tasty coffee right at home, check out our recent piece on the benefits of bean-to-cup coffee machines.