Americans are drinking more (and better) coffee as U.S. coffee sales top $40 billion, up from $18 billion in 1999. According to the National Coffee Association, U.S. daily consumption rose 7 percent this year from 2011.
Almost three-quarters of American adults drink coffee at least once a week, with more than half drinking coffee every day. On average, we drink three cups daily.
Overall, gourmet coffee accounts for 42 percent of all U.S. sales. Almost one-third of those surveyed in the NCA poll said they drank at least one cup of gourmet coffee in the previous 24 hours.
We got the coffee habit early. When the War of 1812 embargoed tea imports to the new United States, early Americans switched to coffee as their brew of choice. We now drink more coffee than carbonated sodas.
Dunkin' Donuts is America's No. 1 coffee retailer, serving nearly 1.5 billion cups a year.
Per capita, we drink about 4.8 pounds of coffee a year. But that's just a sip compared to Finland; the world's biggest coffee drinkers consume 26.4 pounds per capita per year.
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