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July 23, 2018

Study: Which European country has the largest coffee culture? | Nobly POS

For many people, coffee isn’t just a drink. It’s a necessity as integral to a daily routine as waking up and having a shower. Many can credit a lot of their social lives to going for coffee with friends. It’s even the start date to many long and happy relationships.
But which European citizens base their lives around the coffee bean the most?

Espresso machine graphic

Here at Nobly, we set out to find which Europeans not only consume the most coffee, but embrace coffee culture the most. We delved into the coffee stats of 19 European countries, looking at the average amount of coffee each citizen consumes every year and the number of cafés per 10,000 people.


Congratulations, Portugal! The Portuguese have claimed the prize of Europe’s biggest coffee lovers. On average, each citizen of Portugal puts back 4.6 kilograms of coffee each year. Where Portugal really cuts above the rest of Europe, however, is in the huge abundance of cafés it offers. Portugal has a massive 41.5 cafés per 10,000 people. For context, Greece is the country with second largest number of cafés per capita, with 34.4 cafés per 10,000 people.


It may come as a surprise to Brits, but it turns out that the UK has Europe’s smallest coffee culture. In Britain, there are only 2 coffee shops per every 10,000 people and the average citizen consumes a meagre 2.63 kgs a year. This may be due to the fact that coffee is not Britain’s favourite warm beverage. According to a recent study by the Telegraph, the UK consumes the third highest amount of tea per capita in Europe. With the average Brit consuming 2.06kg of tea a year, they follow closely behind Malta (2.24kg) and Turkey (3.11kg).


The study also offered some bizarre findings into the coffee cultures of Nordic countries. It turns out that citizens of countries such as Finland, Sweden and Iceland consume huge amounts of coffee but their streets are lined with very few cafés. Finland, for example, consumes more coffee per person than any other European country. However, there are only 2.2 cafés per 10,000 people.


The Fins clearly love drinking coffee, but the fact there are very few coff

ee shops in relation to the population shows that there may be an excellent opportunity for anyone thinking of starting up a coffee shop or chain.

Europe's Biggest Coffee Cultures infographicEurope’s top coffee cultures


Country

No. of cafes per 10,000 people

Kgs consumed per person per year

Nobly Index

Portugal

41.6

4.6kg

7.0

Greece

34.3

5.3kg

6.4

Finland

2.2

11.7kg

5.3

Norway

4.5

9.9kg

4.8

Iceland

3.6

9.0kg

4.3



Europe’s smallest coffee cultures


Country

No. of cafes per 10,000 people

Kgs consumed per person per year

Nobly Index

UK

2.3

2.6kg

1.4

Ireland

4.0

2.4kg

1.5

France

2.4

5.0kg

2.4

Belgium

2.5

5.6kg

2.7

Spain

8.0

4.2kg

2.7