How Many People In The World Drink Coffee?

Wondering how many people in the world drink coffee? There are 1 billion coffee drinkers, but is it the most popular beverage in the world? Let’s find out.

How many people in the world drink coffee?
Coffee is a popular drink around the world

Aside from water, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world.

Two billion cups of coffee are consumed every single day, with 1 billion coffee drinkers worldwide. Interestingly enough, around 3.7 billion cups of tea are consumed daily, with approximately 2 billion people drinking tea every morning.

Water is the most popular drink. Given that we need water to survive, it’s not surprising that everyone drinks this, but coffee is more divisive.

While tea seems to be the most popular overall, in some regions, coffee reigns supreme. So let’s take a look at what makes coffee is so popular.

How Many People In The World Drink Coffee And Where Is It The Most?

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Coffee is more popular than tea in many countries

Coffee is far more popular than tea in the United States, Sweden, Argentina, Germany, and Brazil. While countries like Ireland, the UK, and China tend to prefer tea over coffee. 

One of the reasons coffee is more popular than tea in America dates back to the Revolutionary War when people threw boxes of tea overboard during the Boston Tea Party. So, it became more patriotic to drink coffee over tea. 

Around 85% of Americans have at least one cup of coffee at home every day, with more than half of Americans picking coffee over any other drink.

The high coffee consumption in Brazil is believed to be because it produces so much coffee. Meanwhile, Argentina does not produce coffee, but it has a lot of roasters. 

Germany is the third-largest coffee market in the world! One of the reasons it’s so popular is because the domestic coffee roasting in Germany is highly rated. 

Why Is Coffee So Popular?

It Contains Caffeine

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Coffee contains more caffeine than tea

Coffee is known for its caffeine content. It has more caffeine than a cup of tea. For example, one cup of black tea contains 47.4 mg of caffeine, while a cup of coffee contains 94.8 mg of caffeine. 

Caffeine helps you to feel so alert and awake. So, a cup of tea will help perk you up in the morning, but coffee does a much better job. 

It’s So Versatile

Some people hate the bitter taste of coffee. Yet enough people love it for it to be one of the most popular drinks in the world. That is because there is so much more to coffee than just black and bitter. 

Whether it’s a classic latte or cappuccino, a cold brew, or some sort of flavored frappuccino extravaganza, there are so many different ways to enjoy coffee. As a result, it is a drink that appeals to different tastes. So it doesn’t matter if you have a sweet tooth or not; there’s a coffee drink out there for you. 

With so many options, it’s difficult to get sick of drinking coffee every day. If you’ want to make your own coffee, why not check out our advice on how to make cold-brew coffee?

It’s Affordable

Yes, it’s true that some coffee chains can be pricey. Of course, the fancier the coffee, the more you should expect to pay. However, generally speaking, a cup of coffee is affordable. 

Currently, a cup of black coffee in the U.S. averages $2.70. Many coffee drinkers buy instant coffee or coffee beans to grind at home.

Doing this brings the cost down to just a few cents per cup. Why not check out our article on grinding your own coffee to make cold brew?

It’s A Healthy Everyday Treat

If you need an energy boost, you can drink several cups of coffee per day, but you would probably feel ill if you drank a few energy drinks because of the high sugar count and unpronounceable ingredients list. 

Likewise, you probably couldn’t stomach drinking three hot chocolates a day, while three cups of coffee does not sound as nauseating.

Black coffee or an Americano has virtually zero calories. Even if you add a splash of milk, you won’t be pushing the calories too high per cup. Obviously, if you go for the high-sugar, cream-filled coffees, you’re talking about a very different level of dietary impact.  


  • Aisling O'Connor

    Aisling is an Irish food and drinks writer and journalist fueled by coffee and herbal tea. She followed up her journalism degree with nutrition studies. Find Aisling on LinkedIn.