Posted on Oct 16, 2022 57
South America produces the most coffee beans, but the north of Europe has the most devotees of the wonderful drink. The per capita consumption of coffee in the world is growing every year. For several decades, in the top 10 is not a single country, which produces the fragrant product.
The ranking presents coffee consumption by countries with the highest per capita figures. Therefore, the United States, which imports over 45 million bags of beans (2.7 million tons), is only at the end of the second ten.
The article presents statistics from the International Coffee Organization (ICO). The number of kilograms per capita in the country is showed. The actual consumption of coffee drinkers is higher, because the calculation considers the entire population of the country.
The country Finland is in the first place on coffee consumption. It imports coffee beans mainly from Colombia and Brazil. The locals explain their love for energizing drink by the peculiarities of nature: in the country of brief daylight hours, cold and winds, it is pleasant to cheer up with a cup of hot kahvi.
Finns got to know coffee in the XVIII century. Only at the end of the off I XIX century did this product became accessible to all, when Gustav Paulig organized delivery and built the first factory for roasting.
Locals drink coffee not only in the morning, but throughout the day. There is no excess of caffeine in the body, because the strength is small. Finns prefer mild roasting (1 or 2 levels), so the taste is mild. Kahvi in Finnish resembles an Americano, and no additives are recognized. Sometimes an exception is made for a little milk and sugar. Espresso, cappuccino, latte and other recipes are not popular.
A coffee grinder is a must in every kitchen, as people here like the natural, not instant, product. Juhla Mokka and Presidentti varieties are widespread.
No meeting of friends or business associates can do without a cup of aromatic kahvi: coffee drinking is part of the long tradition here. Even employment contracts stipulate coffee breaks.
Norway imports over 40 thousand tons of raw materials. It is the favorite drink of 90% of the adult population, which they cook 4-5 times a day. Like the Finns, the Norwegians brew mild coffee from light roasted beans.
The high culture of consumption of this delicious drink has made the barista profession very popular. It is the Norwegian masters most often win international festivals and competitions.
The love of people in Iceland for the foreign product is proven because they have a holiday dedicated to this drink - “Solarkaffi” (“Sunny Coffee”). It is celebrated on January 27, when the first sunrays appear after a long winter.
Here, they prefer to add spices to the coffee aroma and flavor: cloves, cinnamon, allspice. They are added to the brew during the brewing process. Traditionally no sugar is added to the cup, but a piece of raffin is kept in the mouth, slowly dissolving it. This also explains the habit of silence during coffee drinking.
The Danes never part with their coffee: it is often brewed in a thermos and taken with them to work or for a walk. They usually accompany it with sandwiches or cookies. The cup is often topped with cream (kaffe med Flode) or spices (a recipe called “Copenhagen”).
The traditional coffee break in Denmark is at 3 pm.
It was Holland that helped the whole of Europe to get acquainted with the drink of African origin. Thanks to extensive plantations in India and Java, consumption levels rose quickly, and the product became available to all segments of the population.
The attitude of the Scandinavian people to coffee is expressed in the proverb: “Without coffee there is no comfort”.
In the land of tulips coffee is mostly strong and black - espresso, but in recent years gaining popularity and latte, which is called “wrong coffee” (“koffie verkeerd”).
Swedish firms buy up to 90 thousand tons of beans, mainly in Brazil and Colombia.
Nothing but sugar and milk are added to the cup, but the accompaniment is varied: cookies, sandwiches, muffins, rolls. Such a break for coffee with baked goods is called “fika”. There can be several such snacks during the day.
Of the countries of Central Europe, Switzerland has the highest consumption of coffee. Here there are companies that have proven themselves in the domestic market as well: Nescafe, Egoiste, Ambassador. The locally produced product stands out for its balanced taste and rich aroma. The Swiss themselves appreciate the skill of making a complex drink and represent their country well in barista competitions.
Antwerp, a port city, is considered the coffee capital of Belgium - consumption here is higher than in other cities. There are coffee shops on every corner, and you can order espresso, latte, cappuccino and other options.
One thing is unchanged: coffee is usually served with desserts, favorites of which are the famous Belgian waffles and chocolates.
A small country by area with a population of only 600,000 people has a high level of coffee consumption. Traditions of coffee drinking are borrowed from neighboring Belgium and France.
The only non-European country with a high level of consumption. Most of the adults in Canada start their morning with an invigorating aroma. And it is usually a cup bought “to go” in a coffee shop on the way to work. Often the first drink is taken on the go.
In Canada, most people drink coffee with cream. Double-double is a drink made with a double dose of sugar and milk. Maple syrup and whiskey are also used as additives.