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Our team spent 300+ hours on research. Here’s what we learned about coffee statistics in the USA.

In this article, our team collected the most detailed US coffee statistics for 2019.

First, we analyzed data on coffee consumption by Americans, such as the amount of coffee consumed, the reasons for its consumption and the costs for the population.

Then, economic factors were considered, for example, the turnover of the coffee industry in the USA, coffee shops and coffee production.

Based on the collected data, we have compiled our most detailed coffee statistics to date and are ready to give you a look.

Without further ado, let’s look at the result.

Key Coffee Statistics

1. First of all, we found out why people in the USA drink coffee and no matter how incredible it may sound, 42.9% of Americans drink coffee simply because they like the taste.

2. 64% of Americans 18 and older surveyed in 2019 said they drink a cup of coffee every day. 79% of them drink coffee at home.

3. When comparing the two most popular ways of making coffee at home, we found that 45% of people drinking coffee at home use a geyser coffee machine, and 13% use an espresso machine. The high price of espresso machines was the main determinant of the low statistic for this option.

4. According to data, 60% of coffee consumers in the United States visited branded coffee houses at least once a month.

We also found that the average resident of the United States will save $ 427 per year if they drink coffee at home, rather than in a coffee shop.

5. When we analyzed the gender data, we found that men and women drink approximately the same amount of coffee. Men consume 1.7 cups per day on average and women consume 1.5. We also learned that the biggest costs for coffee and coffee drinks are for the age of 25-34 years and are about $2008 per year.

In 2019, coffee remains an extremely popular drink among Americans of all ages. While high numbers of all age groups consume coffee, people aged 60+ are most likely, with consumption rates of about 72% in this age group.

According to our study, the most popular time of day for drinking coffee is morning; 64% of Americans who drink coffee say they most commonly consumer it in the morning.

6. Coffee consumption in the United States in the fiscal year 2018/2019 was 26.5 million 60 kg bags.

Also, Americans rate 25th among coffee consumption per capita with an indicator of 4.2 kg per person per year.

At the same time, average American drinks 3.1 coffee drinks per day, but this figure can increase with age.

And in total, about 150 million Americans drink 400 million cups of coffee a day, or more than 140 billion cups a year, making the United States the world’s leading consumer of coffee.

7. We found that Americans working in the foodservice and medicine sectors consumed the most coffee, about 3.5 cups per day.

Despite all the trendy drinks, you might consider when ordering on the way to work, hot coffee is the most popular caffeinated drink in most industries.

The average office worker drinks 3.1 cups per day. Based on these data, we calculated that in all his life, the employee will drink about 47,840 cups of coffee between 18 to 60 years of age.

8. A daily habit of caffeine can be an expensive treat. Obviously, financial professionals have found a way to add their expensive habits to their monthly budgets, as they reportedly spend an average of $ 709 per year on coffee drinks.

9. At the same time, we identified the main trends in coffee consumption by millennials. For example, 32% of Millennials consumed an espresso-based beverage yesterday, which is higher than any other demographic.

10. The coffee market in the USA has grown and has approximately 37,274 coffee houses.

The 3 largest chains are Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and Caribou Coffee. They make up 78% of the total number of coffee shops in the United States.

11. In the US, there is great interest in the work of the barista. At the moment, approximately 574,400 Americans are working as baristas.

We compared salaries in the 3 most popular coffee chains in the USA and found that the average hourly wage is around $ 11- $ 12 / hr.

12. After conducting a study, we found that the average price for a cup of coffee in any type of coffee shop is $ 2.99. In the three largest US coffee houses, the price of the most popular hot coffee drink varies: Starbucks $ 1.89, Dunkin’ Donuts $ 1.59, Caribou coffee $ 1.69

13. In 2019, the turnover of the coffee industry in the United States amounted to the US $80,916million.

Colombia, with 1.24 billion bags (60kg), is the first in line in terms of coffee imports to the United States.

The most popular is Roast and ground coffee, accounting for 45% of total coffee sales in the United States.

Roasted coffee is the highest export to the United States, which accounts for 62% of the total volume of exported coffee.

Also in 2019, approximately 17,537 Americans work in the coffee industry.

Why Americans Drink Coffee

The initial goal of our study is to understand the root cause of coffee consumption by Americans.

We found the following data: 42.9% of Americans drink coffee because they like the taste of the drink, 26.2% drink coffee to get an extra boost of energy, 12.1% drink coffee to stay awake, 10.1% to stay focused, 5,4% to ‘treat themselves’ and 3.3% for other reasons.

Reasons For Drinking Coffee

This indicator is similar to what was previously found in a case study.

The fact that 42.9% of Americans drink coffee because they like the taste of this drink is surprising since we’re all familiar with the stereotype of coffee as a drink to invigorate and wake us up. 

Where Americans Prefer Drink Coffee

American Coffee Consumption Statistics

Further, our study showed how many Americans drink coffee.

According to a survey by the National Coffee Association (NCA) in 2019, 64% of Americans aged 18 and over drink coffee every day.

Among respondents, drinking coffee at home is the dominant preference, 79% said they drink coffee exclusively at home. Only 36% of all Americans consuming coffee attend coffee shops.

Brewing Preferences

We reviewed the survey data conducted by the NCA as of January 2019. 

US residents were asked what method they use at home to make coffee. About 45% of respondents reported that they use a geyser coffee maker. Only 12% of Americans reported using an espresso machine. Such a low percentage is associated with the high cost of this equipment. The remaining 30% use other methods.

Method Of Preparation Among Americans

Coffee Shops

We also drew attention to the percentage of Americans who drink coffee at coffee houses and found that 60% of Americans drinking coffee regularly visit the network of branded coffee houses.

Next, we decided to touch on a very relevant topic.

What is more profitable? Make coffee at home or buy coffee-ready shops?

To clarify this issue, we turned to a study called Brewing Coffee at Home vs. Buying at a Coffee Shop. Taking average values, such as the price of 16 ounces of coffee and the price in a coffee shop.

Based on these data, we made the following conclusion.

A 16-ounce coffee costs about 58 cents, and a cup of coffee of the same volume bought in a coffee shop costs about $ 1.75. Through simple calculations, we found out that $ 211 a year will be spent on making coffee at home, in contrast to $ 638 a year for coffee from a shop.

Thus, an American who drinks coffee at home will save about $ 427 per year, but these numbers may vary depending on the type of coffee, the method of preparation and the coffee shop.

The Coast Of Coffee At Home VS Coffee Shop

Consumption by Gender and Age

We compared sex-based coffee consumption statistics and identified the following data. Men and women consume approximately the same amount of coffee. Men consume 1.7 a day on average and women consume 1.5 cups of coffee per day.

While men and women consume almost the same amount of coffee, their annual coffee costs vary greatly. Men spend $ 1,934 and women spend $ 2,327. This difference is due to the difference in preference for coffee drinks.

Coffee Drinking Among Americans By Gender And Age

Men drink 1.7 cups of coffee per day, which is only 0.2 cups more than women. At the same time, women spend $ 393 more on coffee than men.

Secondly, in 2019, coffee is still an extremely popular drink among Americans of all ages.

For example, 47% of young US residents between the ages of 18 and 24 drink coffee.

Also, 64% of middle-aged Americans between the ages of 25 and 39 drink coffee.

62% of Americans between the ages of 40 and 59 drink coffee.

Americans aged 60 and above have the highest likelihood of becoming coffee consumers, with a stat of 72%.

Share Of Coffee Drinking Consumers, By Age Group

We managed to find out what time of day US residents prefer to drink coffee.

Only 30% of Americans drink coffee in the evening, while 65% of US residents prefer to drink coffee in the morning and only 5% drink coffee at any other time of the day.

When Americans Prefer Drink Coffee

Drinking Coffee in the USA

We found that coffee consumption in the US in the fiscal year 2018/2019 amounted to almost 26.5 million 60- kilogram bags. This is an increase over US total coffee consumption in all previous financial years.

Domestic Consumption Of Coffee

Americans also rank 25th among coffee consumption per capita with an indicator of 4.2 kg per person per year.

RankCountryCoffee Consumption

Rank

Country

Coffee Consumption

(Kg per Person Per Year)

1Finland12.0
2Norway9.9
3Iceland9.0
4Denmark8.7
5Netherlands8.4
6Sweden8.2
7Switzerland7.9
8Belgium6.8
9Luxembourg6.5
10Canada6.5
11Bosnia and Herzegovina6.2
12Austria6.1
13Italy5.9
14Brazil5.8
15Slovenia5.8
16Germany5.5
17Greece5.4
18France5.4
19Croatia 5.1
20Cyprus4.9
21Lebanon4.8
22Estonia4.5
23Spain4.5
24Portugal4.3
25United States4.2

At the same time, on average, a resident of the United States drinks 3.1 cups of coffee per day, but this figure can increase with age.

And a total of more than 150 million Americans drink about 400 million cups of coffee per day or more than 140 billion cups per year. This makes the United States a leading consumer of coffee in the world.

Coffee Statistics by Workplace

In order to understand this issue, we turned to an Early bird study called Caffeine Kick.

The wholesalers, retailers, and hotels, catering, and hospitality Americans drank the most coffee.

This figure is an average of 3.5 cups per day.

Due to the fact that these professions involve constant communication with people and require a high level of concentration and productivity.

People working in manufacturing, construction, as well as in information services and data processing drink 3 cups of coffee per day.

Also, we found that, US residents working in education drink about 2.5 cups of coffee per day.

Americans working in technology drink around 2.3 cups of coffee per day.

Coffee Drinking By Working Place

We also found that the average office worker drinks about 20 cups of coffee per week. Which equals 1040 cups per year. It is important to note that for the entire period of work from 18 to 60 years, the American manages to drink about 47,840 cups of coffee.

Coffee Shop Profits

Next, we found out which work spheres spend the most on coffee in coffee shops a year. The daily habit of drinking coffee can be a very expensive treat. Finance professionals have found a way to add this habit to their budget. They spend approximately $ 709 a year on coffee.

People in the business are spending about $ 592 on coffee, and Americans in the medical and health care sector are spending $ 440 a year.

Even the workers who finished last on our list in Transportation and Warehousing spend on average about $ 150 a year.

You can observe more detailed statistics in this graph.

Average Annual Spend At Coffee Shops

Millennials

As a result of the study, we found interesting facts regarding the largest age group for 2019.

And here is what we found out:

  • 70% of coffee consumed by Millennials are gourmet beverages; 30% is non-gourmet.
  • 32% of Millennials consumed an espresso-based beverage every day, which is higher than any other demographic.
  • 14% of Millennials drank a non-espresso based beverage every day.
  • 15% of coffee drinkers consumed their coffee at a cafe/ coffee shop/ donut shop; this is the highest segment for this consumption location.
  • About 65% of Millennials are aware of single-cup brewers, significantly lower than older age groups.

Coffee Shops in the USA

Coffee shops in the USA are very popular. Their number includes more than 37,274 branded coffee houses and coffee-oriented restaurants.

Starbucks is the most popular coffee shop chain in the United States and accounts for 40% of the entire coffee shop market, with approximately 14,875 stores with an average growth of 585 stores per year.

The well known Dunkin’ Donuts is occupied 26% of the coffee market and has approximately 9,570 stores throughout the United States.

Caribou coffee is 3rd place in the spread in the USA, occupying 13% of the coffee shop market and has approximately 4700 stores in the USA.

Popular Coffee Shops In USA

Amazingly, about 78% of coffee shops in the USA are part of the Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, or Caribou coffee networks and only 22% other networks.

Baristas

The greatest interest in the work of the barista is observed in the states: California: 60,940 people, New York: 35,190 and Texas: 30,200. Here are barista coffee statistics by state:

Number Of Barista By State

We also compared salaries in the 3 most popular coffee chains in the USA and found that the average hourly pay is about $ 11- $ 12 / hr.

Average Prices in Coffee Shops

Next, we found out the average cost for the most popular coffee drink in the USA, namely hot coffee.

As a basis, we took the 3 most popular coffee networks in the United States, such as Starbucks, Dunkin and Caribou coffee.

Here’s what we got: Starbucks $ 1.89, Dunkin’ Donuts $ 1.59, Caribou coffee $ 1.69

Average Cost Of Coffee

The American Coffee Industry

Revenue in the coffee segment in 2019 amounted to $ 80,916 million, which is a record for recent years.

Revenue In The Coffee Segment (USA)

Millions of kilograms of best coffee beans are imported annually into the United States, but Colombia takes the lead with 1.24 billion bags (60kg).

Coffee Imports To The United States In 2019 By Country Of Origin

The largest retail sales in the United States are in the Roasted and ground coffee segment, accounting for 45% of total sales in the United States.

USA Sales Of Coffee Consumed At Home By Segments

First place in the US Export is roasted coffee, which accounts for 62% of the volume of coffee exports. Next comes green coffee 24% and the last 12% belong to an instant coffee.

Coffee Export Statistics

Currently, approximately 17,537 US residents work in the coffee industry. This indicator is a record compared to previous years and the estimated growth in this area is 3.9% per year.

Coffee Production In The US

Conclusion

After researching and summarising the results of coffee statistics, we have learned a lot of things about coffee.

How huge a role this drink plays for our country, both in everyday life and economically.

I am sure these statistics were very informative for you and you learned a lot of new things.

If you have any questions or suggestions, you can always leave a comment and I will answer you.

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6 thoughts on “Our team spent 300+ hours on research. Here’s what we learned about coffee statistics in the USA.”

  1. Hi John,

    I’m researching the coffee segment as consumers are likely to be a large part of my target audience. This article is very well written, and will be a huge help in my task.

    Thank you

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  2. Hi John,

    Our team is conducting coursework on the analysis of the US coffee market. In your article, we found a lot of meaningful data, which is very helpful for our task.

    Thank you very much.

    Reply
  3. Hi John.
    I am working on a project for an economics class. can you tell me how many people were surveyed or what the actual number was for people who consumed in coffee shops? This information is great.
    Thanks!

    Reply

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