UK now drinks 95 million cups of coffee a day

Have you had your first cup of coffee yet this morning? Well, you’re not alone. It seems that from being the clichéd nation of tea drinkers we once were, the UK is now officially a nation of coffee drinkers. Research carried out by the Centre for Economics and Business Research revealed that our national coffee consumption has increased by a staggering 25 million cups over the last decade or so. In 2008, we drank 70 million cups of coffee a day. As of 2018, that figure had risen to 95 million cups a day.

The study surveyed 2,000 adults in the UK. Around a third of the participants didn’t drink any coffee, which the top six percent drank at least six cups a day. The average was around two cups a day.

People were also asked about their coffee drinking habits, with around two thirds of us preferring to enjoy our coffee at home, a quarter at work and the remainder while out and about at coffee shops or restaurants. Consumption was unevenly split over the age range, with those under 20 drinking the least at an average of half a cup a day. Those aged 20 to 37 drank 1.3 cups, and those aged 38 to 52 around 2 cups a day. Those aged over 53 were the heaviest consumers, drinking around 2.2 cups a day.

As well as an increase in pure volume, it seems that the last decade has seen us evolve into a nation of coffee connoisseurs, knowledgeable about roasting methods and blends.

As coffee is so popular, it’s reassuring to know that it’s also one of the best-researched foods in the world with millions invested in research. Studies to discover the effect on a wide range of health concerns are carried out all over the world, and current evidence suggests that coffee can support a healthy balanced lifestyle when drunk in moderation (around three to five cups a day).

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